Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Porcupine (G 93)

British Destroyer

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NameHMS Porcupine (G 93)
Type:Destroyer (P)
Tonnage1,540 tons
Completed1942 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, High Walker Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack9 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-602 (Philipp Schüler)
Position36° 40'N, 0° 04'W - Grid CH 8182
Complement? men (7 dead and ? survivors).
RouteGibraltar - Algiers 
History Completed in August 1942 
Notes on event

At 23.30 hours on 9 Dec 1942, HMS Porcupine (G 93) (Cdr G.S. Stewart, RAN) was hit by one of three torpedoes fired by U-602 northeast of Oran while escorting HMS Maidstone (F 44) (A/Capt G.B.H. Fawkes, RN) from Gibraltar to Algiers. Most of the crew was taken off by HMS Vanoc (H 33) (A/Cdr C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and the badly damaged destroyer was taken in tow by HMS Exe (K 92) (A/Cdr M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN) after topweight was jettisoned in an attempt to reduce the increasing list. The next day the tow was transferred to a French tug and the ship towed to Arzew, Algeria.

In March 1943 towed to Oran where HMS Porcupine was declared a total loss. She was later cut in two parts that were brought to Portsmouth via Gibraltar until June 1943 and used as base ships named HMS Pork and HMS Pine. They were scrapped at Plymouth on 6 May 1946.

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