HMS Culver (Y 87)
Sloop of the Banff class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||20 Jun 1928|
|Launched||27 Nov 1928|
|Commissioned||30 Apr 1941|
|Lost||31 Jan 1942|
|Loss position||48° 43'N, 20° 14'W|
The British sloop HMS Culver (Y 87) lost on 31 Jan 1942 in position 48° 43'N, 20° 14'W.
HMS Culver (Lt.Cdr. Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RN) blew up and sank after being hit by two torpedoes from U-105 while escorting the convoy SL-98 about 450 miles west-south-west of Cape Clear in position 48º43'N, 20º14'W with the loss of the commanding officer, seven officers and 119 ratings. Only one offcer and 12 ratings survived.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Culver|
|Former name||USCGC Mendota|
Commands listed for HMS Culver (Y 87)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RN||Apr 1941||31 Jan 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Culver include:
6 Jun 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) made a practice attack on HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) followed conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Culver (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) and aircraft. (1)
31 Oct 1941
HMS Culver (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) picks up 25 survivors from the Dutch merchant Bennekom that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 in convoy OS-10 about 530 nautical miles west of Cape Clear in position 51°20'N, 23°40'W.
- ADM 173/16761
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.