HMS Vivien (L 33)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||Jul 1916|
|Launched||16 Feb 1918|
|Commissioned||28 May 1918|
Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed on 25 October 1939.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 18 February 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Vivien (L 33)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William David Gordon Weir, RN||19 Sep 1939||6 Jul 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Stephen Halden Beattie, RN||6 Jul 1940||9 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Rowland Francis Leonard, RN||9 Jan 1942||12 Mar 1943|
|4||Lt. Lesley Edney Blackmore, RN||12 Mar 1943||3 Feb 1945|
|5||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Stanley Martin Booker, RNVR||3 Feb 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Vivien include:
15 Feb 1940
Late in the evening HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN) departed the Tyne to reinforce the escort of convoy FS 97 (Tyne-Southend) which was made up of the destroyer HMS Vivien (Lt.Cdr. W.D.G. Weir, RN) and the sloop HMS Pelican (Cdr. L.A.K. Boswell, DSO, RN). The convoy had departed the Tyne also on the 15th.
The convoy arrived at Southend on the 17th.
HMS Jackal had bee detached earlier and arrived at Immingham very late on the 16th. (1)
16 Jun 1940
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) departed from Rosyth for exercises in the Firth of Forth together with ORP Wilk. Truant also makes several dummy attacks on HMS Vivien. After the exercises Truant departed from for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Trondheim area. Later patrol is shifted to the Stavanger area.
For the daily positions of HMS Truant during this patrol see the map below.
1 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN), HMS Lady Beryl and HMS Stella Conopus (T/Skr. L. Ford, RNR). HMS Vivien (Lt. L.E. Blackmore, RN). (3)
- ADM 53/112488 + ADM 199/362
- ADM 199/1861
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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