Allied Warships

HMS Ludlow (G 57)

Destroyer of the Town class

Ludlow as seen during the war, note the false bow wave.

IWM photograph with thanks to Jan Visser.

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 57 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down16 Oct 1916 
Launched17 Aug 1917 
Commissioned23 Oct 1940 
End serviceJun 1945 

Built as USS Stockton of the Caldwell-class, commissioned in US Navy on 26 November 1917 and decommissioned on 26 June 1922. Recommissioned on 16 August 1940 and transferred to Royal Navy on 23 October 1940.

Decommissioned in June 1945.
Beached off Fidra Island, Firth of Forth on 15 July 1945 to be used as a rocket target by the RAF.
Now lies off Yellowcraigs beach in 6m of water, broken up but stern still intact.

Former nameUSS Stockton (DD 73)

Commands listed for HMS Ludlow (G 57)

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1Cdr. Guy Bourchier Sayer, RN24 Oct 194030 Aug 1941

2Lt. George Blackler, RN12 Nov 1941Aug 1942
3Lt. John Trevor Kay, RNAug 194229 Mar 1943
4T/Lt. the Marquess of Graham, RNVR29 Mar 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Ludlow include:

17 Jan 1942
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Scapa Flow for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Trondheim. O 14 was escorted to a position East of the Shetland Islands by the British M/S trawler HMS Eday (T/Lt. W.Y. Surtees, RNR).

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Middleton (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, RN) and HMS Ludlow (Lt. G. Blackler, RN).

For the daily positions of HrMs O 14 during this patrol see the map below.


Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/1856

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

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