HMS Amazon (D 39)
Destroyer of the Prototype class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||12 Jun 1924|
|Laid down||29 Jan 1925|
|Launched||27 Jan 1926|
|Commissioned||5 May 1927|
On first trails HMS Amazon reached only 34.5 knots. After modifications she achieved 38.7 knots six months later.
HMS Amazon is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Scrapped at Troon, Scotland starting on 6 October 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Amazon (D 39)
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|1||Lt. Nigel Edward Godfrey Roper, RN||1 May 1939||10 May 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Lord Teynham, RN||10 May 1942||Feb 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Denis Harold Palmer Gardiner, DSC, RN||30 Mar 1943||1 Sep 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. George Blackler, RN||1 Sep 1943||3 Jan 1944|
|5||A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Peter Byrne, RN||10 Jul 1944||Feb 1945|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Colin Langsford Beale, RNVR||Feb 1945||5 Apr 1945|
|7||T/Lt. Jack Ruan Crothers, RNVR||5 Apr 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Amazon include:
4 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN) departed Plymouth for an anti-submarine patrol. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Acasta (Cdr. P.J. Oliver, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN), HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN), HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN).
At sea they were joined by HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Woodhall, RN) which attacked a submarine contact around 1915 hours near Plymouth. The contact appears to have been bogus.
The force returned to Plymouth later the same day.
15 Sep 1940
The Canadian merchant Kenordoc is shelled and damaged about 44 nautical miles west-north-west of Rockall in position 57°42'N, 15°02'W by German U-boat U-99. HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) later scuttles the damaged Kenordoc.
14 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN), HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN) and HMS Mansfield (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RNR). (1)
15 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN), HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN) and HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN). (1)
- ADM 173/17783
- ADM 173/18396
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.