HMS Woolwich (F 80)
Destroyer Depot Ship
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Destroyer Depot Ship|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Laid down||24 May 1933|
|Launched||20 Sep 1934|
Displacement: 8750 tons.
Scrapped in 1962.
Commands listed for HMS Woolwich (F 80)
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|1||Capt. Edward Chicheley Thornton, DSC, RN||11 Feb 1938||19 Sep 1940|
|2||Capt. (retired) John Fawcett, RN||19 Sep 1940||13 Apr 1942|
|3||Capt. (retired) Lawrence Hodson Bayley, RN||13 Apr 1942||24 Jul 1944|
|4||Capt. (retired) William Bayard Hynes, DSO, RN||24 Jul 1944||20 Sep 1945|
|5||Capt. William Gronow Davis, DSC, RN||20 Sep 1945||1 Feb 1946|
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Notable events involving Woolwich include:
16 Jan 1940
Around 1530 hours, the damaged HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN), arrived at Greenock.
Repairs by HMS Woolwich (Capt. E.C. Thornton, DSC, RN) were completed on 23 January 1940. (1)
4 Jul 1942
Destroyer HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Port Sudan. The destroyer depot ship HMS Woolwich (Capt.(Retd.) L.H. Bayley, RN) and repair ship HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) had also just arrived there earlier in the day and HMS Kelvin needed repairs due to troubles with her boilers.
The damaged destroyer HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, DSC, RN) also arrived late on the day. (2)
- ADM 53/112519
- ADM 199/2558
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.