HMS Algerine (J 213)
Minesweeper of the Algerine class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||15 Nov 1940|
|Laid down||15 Mar 1941|
|Launched||22 Dec 1941|
|Commissioned||24 Mar 1942|
|Lost||15 Nov 1942|
|Loss position||36° 45'N, 5° 11'E|
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Around 0345hours on 15 November 1942 HMS Algerine (Lt.Cdr. Wilfrid Alan Cooke, RN) was torpedoed and sunk off Bougie, Algeria in position 36º45'N, 05º11'E by the Italian submarine Ascianghi.
The minesweeper was taking part in Operation Torch and had been tasked with clearing Bougie Roads from Axis mines, mission which was accomplished succesfully with the destruction of 46 mines.
The ship attacked was HMS Algerine, which sank about 5 nautical miles north of Cap Carbon. 32 survivors were rescued by HMS Cadmus and taken to Bougie. Of these 32 survivors 24 later died due to internal wounds caused by the the detonation of the minesweepers own depth charges, which detonated at their preset depth. The remaining 8 survivors were on a carley reft and thus were not wounded when the depth charges exploded.
Commands listed for HMS Algerine (J 213)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Wilfrid Alan Cooke, RN||11 Nov 1941||15 Nov 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Algerine include:
- ADM 173/17259
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.