HMS Hesperus (H 57)
Destroyer of the Havant class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Laid down||6 Jul 1938|
|Launched||1 Aug 1939|
|Commissioned||22 Jan 1940|
Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 4 September 1939 while being built for the Brazilian Navy. Named HMS Hearty, renamed HMS Hesperus after completion on 27 February 1940.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 26 November 1946.
|Former name||HMS Hearty (ex-Brazilian Juruena)|
Commands listed for HMS Hesperus (H 57)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, RN||Jan 1940||Feb 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Andre Tait, RN||Feb 1941||15 Feb 1942|
|3||Cdr. Arthur Frederick St. George Orpen, DSC, RN||15 Feb 1942||Jul 1942|
|4||Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, DSO, RN||July 1942||22 Mar 1944|
|5||Cdr. George Victor Legassick, RD, RNR||22 Mar 1944||Mar 1945|
|6||Lt. Anthony Charles Denniss Leach, RN||Mar 1945||Jun 1945|
|7||Cdr. Robert Alexander Currie, DSC, RN||Jun 1945||late 1945|
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Noteable events involving Hesperus include:
7 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-208 was sunk in the Atlantic west of Gibraltar, in position 35°51'N, 07°45'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN) and HMS Hesperus (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Tait, RN). (see map)
26 Dec 1942
German U-boat U-357 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 57°10'N, 15°40'W by the British destroyers HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN) and HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, RN). U-357 was forced to the surface by depth charges and was rammed by HMS Hesperus. (see map)
23 Apr 1943
German U-boat U-191 was sunk south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 56°45'N, 34°25'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN). (see map)
12 May 1943
German U-boat U-186 was sunk north of the Azores, in position 41?54'N, 31?49'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN). (see map)