Allied Warships

HMS Hurst Castle (K 416)

Corvette of the Castle class

HMS Hurst Castle underway in the Firth of Tay on completion. Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-10264

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 416 
Built byCaledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland) : Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Feb 1943 
Laid down6 Aug 1943 
Launched23 Feb 1944 
Commissioned9 Jun 1944 
Lost1 Sep 1944 
Loss position55° 27'N, 8° 12'W

At 08.19 hours on 1 Sep, 1944, U-482 fired a Gnat at a group of corvettes and hit HMS Hurst Castle (K 416) (Lt. Harold Geeves Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) after three minutes, causing her to sink fast north of Tory Island in position 55º27'N, 08º12'W. The corvette was part of the Escort Group B1 which was searching the area for the U-boat that had attacked the convoy CU-36 on 30 August. The survivors were picked up by HMS Ambuscade (D 38) (Lt J. Mayling, RN), while the U-boat was hunted unsuccessfully by the remaining warships for more than 12 hours.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 1 Sep 1944 by U-482 (Matuschka).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hurst Castle

Commands listed for HMS Hurst Castle (K 416)

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1Lt. Harold Geeves Chesterman, DSC, RNR1 Feb 19441 Sep 1944

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Notable events involving Hurst Castle include:

1 Jul 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Hurst Castle (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMS Bamborough Castle (T/Lt. M.S. Work, DSC and Bar, RNR). (1)

24 Jul 1944
HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hurst Castle (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR). (2)

28 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hurst Castle (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMCS Huntsville (T/Lt. C.B. Hermann, RCNVR). (3)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)


  1. ADM 173/19225
  2. ADM 173/19456
  3. ADM 173/18719

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

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