Allied Warships

HMS Cygnet (U 38)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 38 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered27 Mar 1941 
Laid down30 Aug 1941 
Launched28 Jul 1942 
Commissioned1 Dec 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped 16 March 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cygnet (U 38)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Francis Babington Proudfoot, RN27 Sep 194219 Jan 1944
2Cdr. Donald Murdo MacLean, RD, RNR19 Jan 1944late 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Patrick James Cowell, DSC, RNlate 1944May 1945

4A/Lt.Cdr. Alan Henry Pierce, OBE, RNR30 Jun 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Cygnet include:


25 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) was conducting exercises on Inmarnock Water when she was ordered to search in the Clyde area for her missing sister ship HMS Vandal (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN).

The following submarines / ships were also ordered to search for HMS Vandal (which was not found until 1994); HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN), HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Warren, RN) and HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (1)

13 Aug 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN). (2)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RN). (3)

8 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-962 was sunk in north Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre, in position 45°43'N, 19°57'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN)
and HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RN).

17 Jul 1944
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RD, RNR). These were followed by exercises with HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN). (4)

1 Aug 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR), HMS Allington Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.G. Ogden, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RD, RNR). (5)

7 Aug 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RD, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RD, RNR) and HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN). (6)

8 Aug 1944
HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RD, RNR) and HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RD, RNR). (6)

14 Nov 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN). (7)

13 Apr 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN), HMS St. Modwen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Rice, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) and HMS Bamborough Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Vernon, RNR). (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18388
  2. ADM 173/17797
  3. ADM 173/19073
  4. ADM 173/19284
  5. File 2.12.03.6373 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/19028
  7. ADM 173/18534
  8. ADM 173/20144

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


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