Allied Warships

HMS Whitshed (D 77)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 77 
ModShort range escort 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid down3 Jun 1918 
Launched31 Jan 1919 
Commissioned11 Jul 1919 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 18 February 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Whitshed (D 77)

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1Cdr. Edward Reignier Conder, RN15 Nov 1939Sep 1940

2Lt.Cdr. William Anthony Juniper, RN29 Nov 19409 Jul 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Arthur Allison FitzRoy Talbot, DSO, RN9 Jul 194214 Jul 1943
4Lt. Tom Peter Baillie-Grohman, RN14 Jul 194312 Sep 1944
5Lt. Robert Graham Woodward, RN12 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Whitshed include:

15 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Vega (Cdr. C.I. Horton, RN) and HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN). (1)

30 Jan 1940
On 30 January 1940 the German U-boat U-55 attacked convoy OA-80G south-west of the Isles of Scilly and sank two ships, but was sunk by depth charges from HMS Fowey (Cdr. H.B. Ellison, RN), HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN) and a British Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqn RAF/Y) in position 48°37'N, 07°48'W.

14 Feb 1940
HMS Whitshed (Cdr E.R. Conder, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN) together pick up 72 survivors from the British merchant Sultan Star that was torpedoed and sunk southwest of the Scilly Isles in position 48°54'N, 10°03'W by German U-boat U-48.

31 Jul 1940
HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, DSC, RN) struck a mine off Harwich and was badly damaged. She was towed back to port by HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN). Repairs were completed in mid-December.

12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 BRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 BRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E.

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/15690

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

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