Allied Warships

HMS Wellington (L 65 / U 65)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassGrimsby 
PennantL 65 / U 65 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered1 May 1933 
Laid down25 Sep 1933 
Launched29 May 1934 
Commissioned24 Jan 1935 
End service 
History

Sold 6 February 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Wellington (L 65 / U 65)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Richard Edmund Hyde-Smith, RN7 Nov 193826 Oct 1940
2Cdr. Ian Hamilton Bockett-Pugh, RN26 Oct 1940Feb 1941
3Lt.Cdr. William Francis Roderick Segrave, RNFeb 194124 Oct 1942
4Lt. Louis George Toone, RN24 Oct 19424 Mar 1943
5Lt.Cdr. John Treasure Jones, RD, RNR4 Mar 194315 Jun 1943
6Cdr. George Arthur Thring, DSO, RN15 Jun 194313 Apr 1944
7T/Lt. Clement Archibalt Shillan, RNVR13 Apr 1944Apr 1944
8Cdr. George Arthur Thring, DSO, RNApr 194421 Sep 1944
9A/Lt.Cdr. Arthur Hague, RNR21 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Wellington include:


5 Dec 1939
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Wellington (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN). (1)

10 Dec 1939
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Wellington (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN). (1)

1 Oct 1940
The British passenger ship Highland Patriot is torpedoed and sunk about 500 nautical miles west of Bishop Rock in position 52°20'N, 19°04'W by German U-boat U-38. HMS Wellington (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN) later picks up 169 survivors.

19 Mar 1941
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O de Booy, RNN) departed Dundee for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN). (2)

24 Apr 1941
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) carries out an A/S exercise off Gibraltar with the British sloop HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and the British corvette HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).

Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 60 (10th war patrol for O 23).

For the daily positions of HrMs O 23 during this patrol see the map below.


Ver HrMs O 23 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

12 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN), HMS Sabre (Lt. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSC, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Rockingham (Lt. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (4)

18 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN), HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN) and HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR). (5)

21 May 1942
HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) picks up 61 survivors from the British tanker Montenol that is torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-159 about 140 nautical miles east-south-east of Santa Maria, Azores in position 36°41'N, 22°45'W.

HMS Wellington also picks up 10 survivors from the British merchant New Brunswick that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-159 about 140 nautical miles east-south-east of Santa Maria, Azores in position 36°53'N, 22°55'W.

19 Jul 1942
HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) picks up 41 survivors from the British merchant Lavington Court that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-564 about 200 nautical miles north of the Azores in position 42°38'N, 25°28'W.

31 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN). (6)

7 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear, HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR), HMS Geranium (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Wellington (Lt. L.G. Toone, RN). (7)

8 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt. L.G. Toone, RN) and HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr. L.E. Woodhouse, RN). (7)

15 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR). (8)

16 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) arrived at Lough Foyle. There she conducted A/S exercises with HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN), HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) and HMS Anchusa (T/Lt. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR). (9)

18 Apr 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR) and HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN). (10)

2 Sep 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN). (11)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15881
  2. File 2.12.03.6437 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 199/1879
  4. ADM 173/16742
  5. ADM 173/16787
  6. ADM 173/17216
  7. ADM 173/17790
  8. ADM 173/17827
  9. ADM 173/17795
  10. ADM 173/18527
  11. File 2.12.03.6373 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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