HMS Deptford (L 53 / U 53)
Sloop of the Grimsby class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 53 / U 53|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1934|
|Laid down||30 Apr 1934|
|Launched||5 Feb 1935|
|Commissioned||20 Aug 1935|
Sold 8 March 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Deptford (L 53 / U 53)
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|1||Cdr. Charles Alfred Evelyn Stanfield, RN||11 Jan 1938||19 Jan 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. George Arthur Thring, RN||19 Jan 1940||3 May 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Hugh Robert White, RN||3 May 1941||mid 1944|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Ogle Morris, RNR||mid 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Deptford include:
9 Feb 1941
HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN) picks up 26 survivors from the British merchants Courland and Estrellano that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-37 about 160 nautical miles south-west of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal in position 35°53'N, 13°13'W. One of them died of wounds and was buried at sea the next day.
31 May 1941
HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr H.R. White, RN) picks up 25 survivors from the British merchant Gravelines which had been torpedoed by U-147 north-west of Bloody Foreland in position 56°00'N, 11°13'W.
21 Sep 1941
The British merchant Runa is torpedoed and sunk north-north-east of the Azores in position 46°20'N, 22°23'W by German U-boat U-201. HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN) later picks up 9 survivors.
22 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stork (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel), HMS Inkpen (T/Lt. H. Vernon, RNR) and aircraft. (1)
- ADM 173/17253
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.