Allied Warships

HMS Scourge (G 01)

Destroyer of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassS 
PennantG 01 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Jan 1941 
Laid down26 Jun 1941 
Launched8 Dec 1942 
Commissioned14 Jul 1943 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 1 February 1946 being renamed Evertsen. Scrapped in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Scourge (G 01)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. George Ian Mackintosh Balfour, RN7 Jun 1943Mar 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Cyril George Hart Brown, DSC, RNMar 1945ca mid 45

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Notable events involving Scourge include:


17 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (1)

16 Feb 1944
At 0400 hours, HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN), started to sent out D/F bearings in order to home in HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN).

1200 hours - Started prepartions on deck to establish a tow line.

1455 hours - In position 64°24'N, 06°36'E sighted HMS Musketeer and HMS Scourse bearing 270°. HMS Scourge was ordered to take Stubborn in tow when the weather became suitable. Lt. Duff writes in his patrol report 'I have never previously appreciated the beauty of a destroyer seen bows-on'.

See 17 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (2)

19 Feb 1944
At 1127 hours, HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), took HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN) in tow. However the tow parted after 16 minutes. Stubborn then again proceeded under her own power.

1648 hours - HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) now took HMS Stubborn in tow. The tow now held and Stubborn was towed succesfully throughout the night.

See 20 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (2)

9 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted attack exercises off Dundee with HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (3)

10 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted attack exercises off Dundee with HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (3)

25 Apr 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Bermuda. (Capt. J.S. Bethell, CBE, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN). (4)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 199/1874
  3. ADM 173/18629
  4. File 2.12.03.5655 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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