Allied Warships

HMS Sandwich (L 12 / U 12)

Sloop of the Bridgewater class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassBridgewater 
PennantL 12 / U 12 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered19 Sep 1927 
Laid down9 Feb 1928 
Launched28 Sep 1928 
Commissioned23 Mar 1929 
End service 
History

Sold 8 January 1946.

HMS Sandwich is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

 

Commands listed for HMS Sandwich (L 12 / U 12)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss, RN18 Apr 193930 Oct 1939
2Cdr. Morgan John Yeatman, RN30 Oct 1939Nov 1940
3Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Ronald Charles Gervers, RNNov 194023 Feb 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Harold Hill, RD, RNR23 Feb 194230 Apr 1943
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alfred John Clemence, RNR30 Apr 1943Dec 1944
6Lt. John Culverwell, RNVRDec 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Sandwich include:


21 Jun 1940
The British tanker San Fernando is torpedoed and damaged about 50 nautical miles south-south-west of Cape Clear in position 50°20'N, 10°24'W by German U-boat U-47. The tanker was taken in tow by tugs but sank the next day. HMS Fowey (Cdr. H.B. Ellison, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Cdr. M.J. Yeatman, RN) together pick up 49 survivors.

22 Jun 1940
HMS Sandwich (Cdr M.J. Yeatman, RN) picks up 37 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Eli Knudsen that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-32 south of Ireland in position 50°36'N, 08°44'W.

2 Jul 1940
HMS Sandwich (Cdr M.J. Yeatman, RN) picks up 42 survivors from the British tanker Athellaird that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-29 about 350 nautical miles north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 47°24'N, 16°49'W.

23 Nov 1940
HMS Sandwich (Cdr. M.J. Yeatman, RN) picks up 28 survivors from the British merchant King Idwal that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-123 about 158 nautical miles west of Rockall in position 56°44'N, 19°13'W.

HMS Sandwich also picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant Tymeric that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-123 about 350 nautical miles west-north-west of Malin Head in position 57°00N, 20°30'W.

1 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN) and HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR). (1)

24 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rochester (Cdr. (retired) C.B. Allen, RN), HMS Bulldog (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN), HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Bradford (Lt.Cdr. J.N.K. Knight, RN) and ORP Blyscawica (Lt.Cdr. T. Gorazdowski, ORP, ORP). (2)

24 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN) and HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN). (3)

21 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. C.J. Jackson, RNVR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN), HMS Bradford (Lt.Cdr. J.N.K. Knight, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR). (4)

22 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR), HMS Leamington (Lt. B.M.D. I'Anson, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR), HMS Columbine T/Lt. A.L. Turner, RNR) and HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, RN). (4)

31 Jul 1942
German U-boat U-213 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of the Azores, in position 36°45'N, 22°50'W by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, RN), HMS Rochester (Cdr. C.B. Allen, RN) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RNR).

18 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR), HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, RN) and two other vessels [unable to read these names in the log of HMS H 43]. (5)

19 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR). (5)

12 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN), HMS Sandwich (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Clemence, RNR) and HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16767
  2. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/17271
  4. ADM 173/17201
  5. ADM 173/17253
  6. ADM 173/17773

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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