Allied Warships

HMS Hart (U 58)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 58 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered18 Dec 1941 
Laid down27 Mar 1942 
Launched7 Jul 1943 
Commissioned12 Dec 1943 
End service 
History

Sold to the West German Navy in 1958.

 

Commands listed for HMS Hart (U 58)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Martyn Butt Sherwood, DSO, RN1 Oct 194325 Sep 1944
2A/Cdr. (retired) Henry Fawcus Gerrans Leftwich, RN25 Sep 194416 Mar 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Arthur Denis White, RD, RNR16 Mar 1945May 1945
4A/Cdr. (retired) Henry Fawcus Gerrans Leftwich, RNMay 194518 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Hart include:


2 Feb 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hart (Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Woodcock (Cdr.(Retd.) J.F. Blackburn, DSO, RN) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (1)

3 Feb 1944
HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hart (Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Woodcock (Cdr.(Retd.) J.F. Blackburn, DSO, RN). (2)

17 Apr 1944
HMS Sickle (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises off Gibraltar. The exercises included an A/S exercise with HMS Hart (Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN) and her escort group.

22 Sep 1944
HMS Malaya (Cdr. D.H. Fuller, RN) departed Plymouth for Rosyth. She was being escorted by HMS Hart (Cdr. (retired) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Lark (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR).

At 1145/22 they were joined by HMS Affleck (Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Garlies (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Calpe, DSC, RN) and HMS Gore (Lt. J.V. Reeves-Brown, DSC, RN).

At 1325/24, HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN) took over from HMS Hart and HMS Lark. [The other escorts apparently had been detached by this time.]

At 1650/24, Verdun (Cdr. D. Parsons, RD, RNR) and HMS Vega (Lt. C.G. Forsberg, RN) took over from HMS Cassandra and HMS Cambrian.

Around 0945/25, HMS Malaya arrived off Rosyth. (3)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Hart (A/Cdr.(Retd.) H.F.G. Leftwich, RN) and HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RD, RNR). (4)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Hart (Lt.Cdr. A.D. White, RD, RNR) and HMS Amethyst (Lt.Cdr. N. Scott-Elliot, DSC, RN). (5)

1 May 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with HMS Hart (Lt.Cdr. A.D. White, RD, RNR) and HMS Wren (Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, DSC, RD, RNR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18851
  2. ADM 173/19443
  3. ADM 53/119848
  4. ADM 173/18861
  5. ADM 173/19949
  6. ADM 173/20128

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


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