HMS Quantock (L 58)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||11 Apr 1939|
|Laid down||26 Jul 1939|
|Launched||22 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||6 Feb 1941|
Sold to the Ecuadorian Navy on 18 October 1954 and renamed Presidente Alfaro.
Commands listed for HMS Quantock (L 58)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. David Josceline Algernon Heber-Percy, RN||7 Jan 1941||Jan 1943|
|2||Lt. Richard George Lovell Pennell, DSC, RN||Jan 1943||3 Oct 1943|
|3||Lt. Kenneth Talbot Holland, RN||3 Oct 1943||14 Jul 1945|
|4||T/Lt. Arthur Philip Tomkins, RNVR||14 Jul 1945||8 Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving Quantock include:
6 Mar 1941
HMS Rodney (Capt. F.H.G. Dalrymple-Hamilton, RN) conducted 6" and 4.7" gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Matabele (Cdr. R.St.V. Sherbrooke, DSO, RN), HMS Boadicea (A/Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Quantock (Lt.Cdr. D.J.A. Heber-Percy, RN). (1)
24 Mar 1941
Late in the afternoon HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) departed Rosyth for a trial run and to proceed to Scapa Flow upon completion. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Liddesdale (Cdr. A.G. West, RN), HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) and HMS Quantock (Lt.Cdr. D.J.A. Heber-Percy, RN).
At 1050/25 this destoyer screen was replaced by the original three destroyers that had escorted Prince of Wales out of Rosyth.
Early in the evening of the 25th Prince of Wales entered Scapa Flow.
For the daily positions of HMS Prince of Wales during these trials see the map below.
16 Apr 1941
HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN) departed the Tyne for Scapa Flow.
At the same time the new aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, RN) departed the Tyne for Rosyth escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Liddesdale (Cdr. A.G. West, RN), HMS Quantock (Lt.Cdr. D.J.A. Heber-Percy, RN) and HMS Southdown (Cdr. G.N. Loriston-Clarke, RN). HMS Naiad proceeded with them until the Firth of Forth when she was detached to continue her passage to Scapa Flow where she arrived later the same day. (3)
- ADM 53/115027
- ADM 53/114886
- ADM 53/114749
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.