HMS Danae (D 44)
Light cruiser of the D class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Wallsend|
|Laid down||1 Dec 1916|
|Launched||26 Jan 1918|
|Commissioned||18 Jun 1918|
|End service||4 Oct 1944|
Transferred to the Polish Navy on 4 October 1944.
|Career notes||To the Polish Navy as Conrad|
Commands listed for HMS Danae (D 44)
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|1||Capt. Alfred Creighton Collinson, RN||31 Jul 1939||18 Dec 1939|
|2||Cdr. Francis John Butler, RN||18 Dec 1939||7 Feb 1940|
|3||Capt. Alfred Creighton Collinson, RN||7 Feb 1940||27 Nov 1940|
|4||A/Capt. Francis John Butler, RN||27 Nov 1940||3 May 1942|
|5||Capt. Matthew Sausse Slattery, RN||3 May 1942||2 Jun 1942|
|6||Capt. Harold Fielding Nalder, RN||2 Jun 1942||24 Aug 1942|
|7||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Duncan Hamish Harper, RN||24 Aug 1942||15 Oct 1942|
|8||A/Cdr. (retired) Noel Charles Mansfeldt Findlay, RN||15 Oct 1942||8 Jun 1943|
|9||Capt. John Robert Sutherland Haines, RN||8 Jun 1943||7 Aug 1944|
|10||A/Capt. (retired) Stephen Barry, RN||7 Aug 1944||4 Oct 1944|
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Notable events involving Danae include:
4 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Banten Bay to bolster the escort of convoy BM 9B that was en-route to Singapore. The Dutch ships joined the British convoy around 1300 hours.
The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 2000/5.
Convoy BM 9B was made up of the following ships; passenger (or in this case troops / cargo ships Madura (8975 GRT, built 1921), Rajput (5521 GRT, built 1925), Risaldar (5407 GRT, built 1940), Jalarajan (5076 GRT, built 1925) and El Madina (3962 GRT, built 1937). They were escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN), the British light cruiser HMS Danae (Capt. F.J. Butler, MBE, RN), the British destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Express (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Cartwright, RN) and HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. (retired) G.R. Pretor-Pinney, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)). (1)
22 Jan 1942
Early in the morning HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Batavia (Jakarta), Java escorting the US cargo ship Collingsworth (5101 GRT, built 1920) and the Dutch passenger / cargo ship Rochussen (2680 GRT, built 1904).
Around 1100 hours all ships joined convoy BM 10 that was made up of the British passenger / cargo ships Talthybius (10224 GRT, built 1912), Rohna (8602 GRT, built 1926), Cap St. Jaques (8009 GRT, built 1922), Takliwa (7936 GRT, built 1924), Islami (5879 GRT, built 1934), Ekma (5128 GRT, built 1911), British cargo ships Subadar (5424 GRT, built 1929), Jalavihar (5330 GRT, built 1911), Ekma (5128 GRT, built 1911), Jalakrishna (4991 GRT, built 1937), Loch Ranza (4958 GRT, built 1934), Brittany (4772 GRT, built 1928) and Jalaratna (3865 GRT, built 1930).
This convoy was escorted by the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN), the British light cruisers HMS Enterprise (Capt. J.C. Annesley, DSO, RN), HMS Danae (Capt. F.J. Butler, MBE, RN), the British destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. (retired) G.R. Pretor-Pinney, RN), the Australian sloop HMAS Yarra (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, RAN) and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (Cdr. W.R. Shewring, RIN). When the Dutch ships joined destroyers HMS Electra and HMS Stronghold left the convoy. (1)
- Files 2.12.03.6849 and 188.8.131.52 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)