Allied Warships

HMS Leith (L 36 / U 36)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 36 / U 36 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Nov 1932 
Laid down6 Feb 1933 
Launched9 Sep 1933 
Commissioned12 Jul 1934 
End service 

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

Sold and became the mercantile Byron in 1946.
Renamed Friendship in 1948.
Resold to the Royal Danish Navy on 26 August 1949 and renamed Galathea.
Galathea was scrapped at Odense, Denmark in 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Leith (L 36 / U 36)

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1Cdr. Gilbert Ridley Waymouth, RN1 Nov 19382 Sep 1940
2Cdr. Roland Charlton Allen, RN2 Sep 194021 Mar 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Mark Taylor Collier, RN21 Mar 194124 Jun 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Edward Campbell Hulton, RN24 Jun 194130 May 1943
5Lt.Cdr. (retired) Alan Westbury Preston, RN30 May 194320 Mar 1945
6Lt. Robin Richard Whalley, RN20 Mar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Leith include:

28 Aug 1940
HMS Leith (Cdr. G.R. Waymouth, RN) picks up 27 survivors from the Finnish merchant Elle that was torpedoed and sunk north-east of Ireland in position 57°43'N, 12°18'W by German U-boat U-101.

18 Oct 1940
HMS Leith (Cdr. R.C. Allen, RN) picks up 19 survivors from the Estonian merchant Nora that was torpedoed and sunk on 13 October 1940 by German U-boat U-103 north-east of Ireland in position 57°02'N, 13°11'W.

19 Oct 1940
HMS Leith (Cdr. R.C. Allen, RN) picks up 34 survivors from the British merchant Assyrian and 19 survivors from the Dutch merchant Soesterberg that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-101 about 100 nautical miles west by north of Barra Head, Outer Hebrides in position 57°12'N, 10°43'W.

26 Sep 1941
The British merchant Lapwing is torpedoed and sunk north-north-east of the Azores, in position 47°40'N, 23°30'W by German U-boat U-203. HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) later picks up 1 survivor.

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). (1)

29 Aug 1942
HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) picks up 68 survivors from the Dutch merchant Zuiderkerk that was torpedoed and damaged the previous day by German U-boat U-566 west-north-west of Lisbon, Portugal in position 40°20'N, 16°02'W. The Zuiderkerk was finally sunk with shallow set depth charges by HMS Erne.


  1. ADM 173/17201

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

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