Allied Warships

HMS Escapade (H 17)

Destroyer of the E class

HMS Escapade during the war as modified for escort duties

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 17 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Nov 1932 
Laid down30 Mar 1933 
Launched30 Jan 1934 
Commissioned30 Aug 1934 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 26 November 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Escapade (H 17)

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1Cdr. Harry Robert Graham, RN31 Jul 193910 Dec 1940
2Cdr. Richard Edmund Hyde-Smith, RN10 Dec 1940Feb 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, DSC, RNFeb 19411 Dec 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Edward Copson Peake, RN1 Dec 1942mid 1944

5Lt.Cdr. Home Ronald Archibald Kidston, RN30 Oct 194411 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Escapade include:

5 Dec 1939
HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Navasota that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-47 about 150 miles west of Bishop Rock in position 50°43'N, 10°16'W.

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British destroyers & frigates

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