Allied Warships

HNoMS Bath (I 17)

Destroyer of the Town class

HNoMS Bath (I 17) under her former name USS Hopewell (DD 181)

NavyThe Royal Norwegian Navy
PennantI 17 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down19 Jan 1918 
Launched8 Jun 1918 
Commissioned9 Jan 1941 
Lost19 Aug 1941 
Loss position49° 00'N, 17° 00'W

Transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Norwegian Navy on 9 January 1941.

HNoMS Bath (Lt.Cdr. Fredrik Melsom) was escorting convoy OG-71 as part of the 5th Escort Group about 400 miles southwest of Ireland. During combat, the destroyer fell behind the convoy and was sunk by two torpedoes from the German submarine U-204 at 02.05 hours on 19 August 1941 in position 49º00'N, 17º00'W. The commanding officer and 82 crew members were lost.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 19 Aug 1941 by U-204 (Kell).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HNoMS Bath
Former nameHMS Bath (I 17)

Commands listed for HNoMS Bath (I 17)

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1Kaptain Christian Fredrik Thestrup Melsom, RNON18 Mar 194119 Aug 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Bath include:

13 Jan 1941
HNoMS Bath was docked at Glasgow. (1)

20 Jan 1941
HNoMS Bath was undocked at Glasgow. (1)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 43.62)

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/16725

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

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