Allied Warships

HMS Quantock (L 58)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 58 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered11 Apr 1939 
Laid down26 Jul 1939 
Launched22 Apr 1940 
Commissioned6 Feb 1941 
End service 
History

Sold to the Ecuadorian Navy on 18 October 1954 and renamed Presidente Alfaro.

 

Commands listed for HMS Quantock (L 58)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. David Josceline Algernon Heber-Percy, RN7 Jan 1941Jan 1943
2Lt. Richard George Lovell Pennell, DSC, RNJan 19433 Oct 1943
3Lt. Kenneth Talbot Holland, RN3 Oct 194314 Jul 1945
4T/Lt. Arthur Philip Tomkins, RNVR14 Jul 19458 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Quantock include:


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 0550/25 the three destoyers of the screen were replaced by HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) and HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, 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.

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Sources

  1. ADM 53/114886

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


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