Allied Warships

HNoMS Eskdale (L 36)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

NavyThe Royal Norwegian Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 36 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered28 Jul 1940 
Laid down18 Jan 1941 
Launched16 Mar 1942 
Commissioned31 Jul 1942 
Lost14 Apr 1943 

Sunk by German motor torpedo boat S-90 off The Lizard, Cornwall. 25 Of the crew died, 155 survived.


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Notable events involving Eskdale include:

12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 GRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 GRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E. During this action 4 of the crew were killed and 7 were wounded onboard HNoMS Eskdale.

14 Apr 1943
The German 5th S-Flottille (S-65, S-81, S-82, S-90, S-112 and S-121 attacked convoy PW-323 off Lizard Head. The convoy was escorted by the Norwegian destroyers Eskdale, Glaisdale and 3 trawlers. S-90 torpedoed and sank the Eskdale and S-121 torpedoed and sank the merchant Stanlake (1742 GRT). (1)


  1. Personal communication

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