HMS Skate (H 39)
Destroyer of the Admiralty R class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||8 Dec 1915|
|Laid down||12 Jan 1916|
|Launched||11 Jan 1917|
|Commissioned||19 Feb 1917|
In 1940 HMS Skate was fitted for minesweeping and had 8-.5" (2x4) machine guns added. Later she was converted to escort work and in that role she was armed as follows;
HMS Skate is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Skate (H 39)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Oswald Johnson, RN||9 Jan 1939||14 Mar 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Robert Augustus Fell, RN||14 Mar 1940||14 Jun 1940|
|3||Lt. Frederick William Hayden, RN||14 Jun 1940||3 Jul 1940|
|4||Lt. Francis Peter Baker, RN||3 Jul 1940||9 Feb 1942|
|5||Lt. John Smallwood, RN||9 Feb 1942||Apr 1942|
|6||Lt. Nicholas Marwood Mules, RN||Apr 1942||12 May 1942|
|7||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Alan Westbury Preston, RN||12 May 1942||28 May 1943|
|8||Lt. John Charles Rushbrooke, DSC, RN||28 May 1943||9 Jan 1944|
|9||Lt. Harvey Patrick Fleming, RN||19 Jan 1944||1 Jun 1944|
|10||Lt. John Hart Macalister, RNVR||1 Jun 1944||late 1944|
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Notable events involving Skate include:
22 Sep 1940
HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) picks up 55 survivors from the British tanker Torinia that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 about 340 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 54°55'N, 18°17'W.
24 Sep 1940
HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) picks up 45 survivors from the British merchant Scholar, that was torpedoed and damaged on 22 September 1940 by German U-boat U-100 about 340 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°11'N, 17°58'W. On 23 September 1940 the Scholar was taken in tow by the British rescue tug HMRT Marauder (Lt. W.J. Hammond) in position 55?10'N, 17?49'W. On the 24th the tow was abandoned in position 54°38'N, 16°40'W and the wreck of the Scholar was scuttled by HMS Skate.
18 Jun 1941
HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) picks up 70 survivors from the British merchant Norfolk that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552about 175 nautical miles northwest of Malin Head in position 57°17'N, 11°14'W.
6 Jun 1944
HMS Skate (Lt. J. H. Macalister, RNVR picked up the crew of a C-47 from the 435th Troop Carrier Group, the airplane was hit by German anti-aircraft fire over Normandy and ditched in the Channel. (1)
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