HMS Broadwater (H 81)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||10 Jul 1918|
|Launched||8 Mar 1919|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1940|
|Lost||18 Oct 1941|
|Loss position||57° 01'N, 19° 08'W|
On 15 October 1940 HMS Broadwater departed Halifax for the British Isles, via St. John's, Newfoundland, arriving in the Clyde River, Scotland, the 26th for service with the 11th Escort Group, Western Approaches Command. During the early part of 1941 the indispensable destroyer escorted convoys, carrying troops and military supplies, around the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East. She spent May and June at Southampton, England.
Assigned to the Newfoundland Escort Force in July, the ship patrolled the North Atlantic and guarded convoys against the German submarine wolfpacks into the fall of that year. Early in the morning of 17 October she attacked a U-boat, one of a pack assaulting the convoy SC-48 some 400 miles south of Iceland. Twenty four hours later HMS Broadwater (Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN) herself fell victim to torpedoes of U-101 and sank at 1340hours the same day in position 57º01'N, 19º08'W.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Broadwater|
|Former name||USS Mason (DD 191)|
Commands listed for HMS Broadwater (H 81)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR||9 Oct 1940||27 Feb 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN||27 Feb 1941||18 Oct 1941|
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