Allied Warships

HMS Deptford (L 53 / U 53)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 53 / U 53 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1934 
Laid down30 Apr 1934 
Launched5 Feb 1935 
Commissioned20 Aug 1935 
End service 

Sold 8 March 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Deptford (L 53 / U 53)

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1Cdr. Charles Alfred Evelyn Stanfield, RN11 Jan 193819 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. George Arthur Thring, RN19 Jan 19403 May 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Hugh Robert White, RN3 May 1941mid 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Ogle Morris, RNRmid 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Deptford include:

26 Sep 1939
HMS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.O. Bickford, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria with HMS Deptford (Cdr. C.A.E. Stanfield, RN) and later with HMS Delight (Cdr. M. Fogg-Elliott, RN) and HMS Duchess (Lt.Cdr. R.C.M. White, RN). (1)

27 Sep 1939
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. These exercises included an A/S exercise with HMS Jade, HMS Amber (Boatswain H.W. Clark, RN) and later with HMS Grimsby (Capt. A.S. Russell, RN) and HMS Deptford (Cdr. C.A.E. Stanfield, RN). (2)

28 Sep 1939
HMS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.O. Bickford, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria with A/S trawlers and later with HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises she set course for Malta. She made this passage together with HMS Deptford (Cdr. C.A.E. Stanfield, RN) and HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS Salmon during this passage see the map below.


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.

21 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-567 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 44°02'N, 20°10'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN).

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. (3)


  1. ADM 173/16021
  2. ADM 173/16103
  3. ADM 173/17253

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

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