HMS Boreas (H 77)
Destroyer of the B class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd (Jarrow-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||22 Mar 1929|
|Laid down||22 Jul 1929|
|Launched||18 Jul 1930|
|Commissioned||20 Feb 1931|
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 notes||Became the Greek destroyer Salamis|
Commands listed for HMS Boreas (H 77)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Michael Wilfred Tomkinson, RN||28 Mar 1939||mid 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. David Hugh Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, DSC, RN||19 Nov 1940||8 Dec 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Eric Lister Jones, DSC, RN||8 Dec 1941||late 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.
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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- ADM 199/1845
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.