USS Warrington (i) (DD 383)
Destroyer of the Somers class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||10 Oct 1935|
|Launched||15 May 1937|
|Commissioned||9 Feb 1938|
|Lost||13 Sep 1944|
|Loss position||27° 00'N, 73° 00'W|
USS Warrington (Cdr. Samuel Frank Quarles, USN) was caught in a violent storm in the Atlantic going to Trinidad. 130 knot winds brought the ship to a standstill while waves pounded her hull to pieces. Sea water flooded the engine room, cutting off all power and damaging the steering mechanism. She took a list to starboard and rolled over, sinking stern first about 175 nautical miles east-south-east of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas Islands in position 27º00'N, 73º00'W.
Only 73 survivors were found, including the Commanding officer. 248 men were lost.
Commands listed for USS Warrington (i) (DD 383)
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|1||Cdr. Leighton Wood, USN||9 Feb 1938||2 Feb 1940|
|2||Cdr. Frank George Fahrion, USN||2 Feb 1940||22 Apr 1941 (1)|
|3||Harold Raymond Fitz, USN||22 Apr 1941||6 Dec 1941|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Harold Raymond Demarest, USN||6 Dec 1941||30 Aug 1943|
|5||T/Lt.Cdr. Robert Alden Dawes, Jr., USN||30 Aug 1943||15 Aug 1944 (1)|
|6||T/Cdr. Samuel Frank Quarles, USN||15 Aug 1944||13 Sep 1944|
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Notable events involving Warrington (i) include:
6 Aug 1943
Around 1200K/6, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN) departed Brisbane to proceed to position 27°00'S, 156°20'E and make rendezvous with the troopship Lurline (American, 18009 GRT, built 1932) and her escort, the destroyer USS Warrington (T/Capt. H.R. Demarest, USN).
Rendezvous was effected around 1440K/7 and HMAS Vendetta joined the two American ships.
They all arrived at Brisbane around 1200K/8. (2)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for August 1943
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