HMS Beverley (H 64)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||25 Oct 1918|
|Launched||19 Apr 1919|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1940|
|Lost||11 Apr 1943|
|Loss position||52.19N, 40.28W|
On 9 April 1943 HMS Beverley had been seriously damaged in a collision with the British steam merchant Cairnvalona (4929 tons) and took station in the rear of the convoy, until she was torpedoed some 30 hours later.
At 05.49 hours on 11 April 1943 the German submarine U-188 fired a torpedo at the convoy ON-176 southwest of Iceland and observed a hit on a tanker after 1 minute 34 seconds, which finally sank after 45 miuntes with a broken back. At 05.50 hours, two torpedoes were fired and after 1 minute 58 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds hits on two ships were heard. At 05.52 hours again two torpedoes were fired, which hit a fourth ship after 1 minute 58 seconds and began to settle by the bow. However, Allied records indicate that only HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN) was hit and sunk at that time in position 52º19'N, 40º28'W. There were only 4 survivors out of a crew of 155.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Beverley|
|Former name||USS Branch (DD 197)|
Commands listed for HMS Beverley (H 64)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RN||Oct 1940||28 Jan 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Grant, RN||28 Jan 1941||4 Jul 1942|
|3||Lt. Rodney Athelstan Price, RN||4 Jul 1942||11 Apr 1943 (+)|
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Noteable events involving Beverley include:
4 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-187 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 50°12'N, 36°35'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannart, VC, RNR) and HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A Price, RN). (see map)
7 Mar 1943
HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A Price, RN) picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant Empire Light that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-638 southwest of Cape Farewell. The abandoned Empire light was finally sunk on 12 March by German U-boat U-468 in position 53°57'N, 46°14'W.