HMS Cleveland (L 46)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1939|
|Laid down||7 Jul 1939|
|Launched||24 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||18 Sep 1940|
Wrecked off Swansea on 28 June 1957 while en route to the shipbreakers.
She sailed from UK in November 1942 as escort for convoy KMS2. On 5 July 1943 rendered assistance to the torpedoed British merchant Devis off Algiers. In July 1943 she supported the landings in Sicily. In September 1943 she supported the Salerno landings and in August 1944 the landings in the south of France. In September-October 1944 Cleveland was in the Aegean clearing the the islands and Greek mainland of German troops.
Named after a 'Hunt' in Yorkshire, northern England.
Commands listed for HMS Cleveland (L 46)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Stratford Clouston, RN||31 Jul 1940||10 Oct 1941|
|2||Cdr. Guy Bourchier Sayer, RN||10 Oct 1941||29 Jan 1943|
|3||Lt. James Kenneth Hamilton, RN||29 Jan 1943||17 Apr 1944|
|4||Lt. John Charles Lapage, RN||17 Apr 1944||late 1945|
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Noteable events involving Cleveland include:
5 Jul 1943
HMS Cleveland (Lt. J.K. Hamilton, RN) picks up 291 survivors from the British merchant Devis that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-593 north-east of Cap Bengut, Algeria in position 37°01'N, 04°10'E.