HMS Westcott (D 47 / I 47)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Pennant||D 47 / I 47|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||30 Mar 1917|
|Launched||14 Feb 1918|
|Commissioned||12 Apr 1918|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in July 1943.
HMS Westcott is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 8 January 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Westcott (D 47 / I 47)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Francis Roderick Segrave, RN||21 Aug 1939||Feb 1941|
|2||Cdr. Ian Hamilton Bockett-Pugh, RN||Feb 1941||early 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Hedworth Lambton, RN||May 1943||19 Oct 1944|
|4||Lt. Edward Perry Reade, DSC, RN||19 Oct 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Westcott include:
16 Jan 1941
HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMRT Superman and HMRT Tenacity together pick up 143 survivors from the British passenger ship Oropasa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 southeast of Rockall in position 56°28'N, 12°00'W.
The destroyer was chosen for the first test installation of the new anti-submarine weapon called Hedgehog then in development. The trials took place in Liverpool Bay against a known wreck. 9 months later the weapon entered production. (1)
2 Feb 1942
German U-boat U-581 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic south-west of the Azores, in approximate position 39°00'N, 30°00'W, by the British destroyer HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, RN).
8 Nov 1942
During the Allied invasion off North Africa the Vichy-French submarine Act?on was sunk off Oran by the British destroyer HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, DSO, RN).
- Pawle, Gerald (2009). Wheezers and Dodgers, The, Seaforth Publishing