Allied Warships

HMS Boreas (H 77)

Destroyer of the B class

HMS Boreas before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 77 
Built byPalmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd (Jarrow-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered22 Mar 1929 
Laid down22 Jul 1929 
Launched18 Jul 1930 
Commissioned20 Feb 1931 
End service 

HMS Boreas was adopted by Southall, Middlesex, UK.

HMS Boreas was loaned to the Greek Navy as HMS Salamis on 10 February 1944. Returned to the Royal Navy in September 1951. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 November 1951.

Career notesBecame the Greek destroyer Salamis

Commands listed for HMS Boreas (H 77)

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1Lt.Cdr. Michael Wilfred Tomkinson, RN28 Mar 1939mid 1940

2Lt.Cdr. David Hugh Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSC, RN19 Nov 19408 Dec 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Eric Lister Jones, DSC, RN8 Dec 1941late 1943

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Notable events involving Boreas include:

6 Mar 1938
HMS Boreas suffered 5 casualties among crewmembers (1 dead 4 wounded)while, together with HMS Kempenfelt were rescuing survivors of sinking of Spain?s Nationalist Navy Cruiser Baleares which was torpedoed by Spain?s Republican Navy destroyer Lepanto. Casualties on board HMS Boreas were caused by Republican air force attack (1)

25 Jul 1940
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) were damaged by a German air attack in the English Channel. 22 of the crew of Boreas were killed in the attack. Brilliant sustained no casualties. Boreas completed repairs ca. mid-January 1941 and Brilliant completed repairs ca. mid-September 1940. (1)

22 May 1941
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) picks up survivors from the British merchant Rodney Star that was torpedoed and finally sunk with gunfire on 16 May 1941 about 420 nautical miles west-south-west of Freetown in position 05°03'N, 19°02'W by German U-boat U-105

23 May 1941
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) picks up 61 survivors from the Dutch merchant Berhala that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-38 about 280 nautical miles west-north-west of Freetown in position 09°50’N, 17°50’W.

23 Aug 1941
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) picks up 25 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Spind that was damaged by gunfire from German U-boat U-552 The destroyer sank the damaged Spind with gunfire east of Lisbon, Portugal in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W

18 Aug 1942
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN) picks up 18 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Mirlo that was torpedoed and sunk on 11 August 1942 about 870 nautical miles west-southwest of Freetown in position 06°04'N, 26°50'W by German U-boat U-130.

23 Nov 1942
During the night of 23/24 November 1942, HMS Trooper (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSO, DSC, RN), crosses the Straits of Gibraltar escorted by HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN). (2)

1 Jan 1943
HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the American merchant Arthur Middleton that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-73 off Oran, Algeria in position 35°45'N, 00°45'W.

29 Jul 1943
Reported to have steamed over 250,000 miles since the war began. In 439 days, she travelled 183,244 miles.

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  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 199/1845

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

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