Allied Warships

HMS Resource (F 79)

Repair Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRepair Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 79 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Laid downAug 1927 
Launched27 Nov 1928 
End service 

Displacement: 12300 tons.
Armament: 4 4" AA guns.
Speed: 15 knots.
Complement: 581 men.

Served with the Mediterranean Fleet in 1939-1944 except a brief spell at Freetown in 1940. Went to the Eastern Fleet in 1944. Scrapped at Inverkeithing in February 1954.


Commands listed for HMS Resource (F 79)

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1Capt. William York La Roche Beverley, RN12 May 193921 Feb 1940
2Capt. (retired) Donal Bernard O’Connell, RN21 Feb 194010 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Resource include:

24 Feb 1940
A fire broke out inside Freetown harbour on board the merchant vessel Bruyère (5335 GRT, built 1919). Her cargo was cotton. The fire was in no.1 hold. Fire parties from HMS Albatross (Cdr. W.G. Brittain, RN) and HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) went aboard. HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) went alongside to provide additional pumping capacity. The fire was under control after about five hours. (1)

4 Apr 1940
HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) departed Freetown for Alexandria via Gibraltar and Malta. She was escorted by HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) until the 6th when, west of Dakar, HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) and HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN) took over. They remained with the ship until Gibraltar. Decoy then proceeded to Dakar while Defender returned to Freetown. (1)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) and HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (2)


  1. ADM 199/380
  2. ADM 199/2552

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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