HMS Black Swan (L 57 / U 57)
Sloop of the Black Swan class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 57 / U 57|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 Jan 1938|
|Laid down||20 Jun 1938|
|Launched||7 Jul 1939|
|Commissioned||27 Jan 1940|
Scrapped 13 September 1956.
Commands listed for HMS Black Swan (L 57 / U 57)
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|1||Capt. Albert Lawrence Poland, DSC, RN||15 Sep 1939||25 Oct 1940|
|2||Cdr. Harold Pitcairn Henderson, RN||25 Oct 1940||Nov/Dec 40|
|3||Lt. George Henry Murray, RNVR||Nov/Dec 40||26 Apr 1941|
|4||Cdr. Thomas Arthur Charles Pakenham, RN||26 Apr 1941||5 Mar 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Rodney Charles Vesey Thomson, RN||5 Mar 1943||26 Mar 1945|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Alexander Douglas Colin Inglis, RN||26 Mar 1945||1 Oct 1946|
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Notable events involving Black Swan include:
1 Nov 1940
HMS Black Swan (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN) is damaged by a mine in the Firth of Forth. Repairs at Dundee took till mid-April.
25 Oct 1942
HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN) picks up 34 survivors from the British merchant Empire Star that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-615 two days earlier north of the Azores in position 48°14'N, 26°22'W. The sloop rescued 27 more survivors from the same ship the next day and landed the survivors in Liverpool on 30 October.
2 Apr 1943
German U-boat U-124 was sunk west of Oporto, in position 41°02'N, 15°39'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr. R.C.V. Thomson, RN).