Allied Warships

HMS Assurance (i) (W 59)

Rescue Tug of the Assurance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
PennantW 59 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down18 Dec 1939 
Launched23 May 1940 
Commissioned28 Sep 1940 
Lost18 Oct 1941 

Grounded off Lough Foyle, Northern Ireland on 18 October 1941 and declared a total loss.


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Notable events involving Assurance (i) include:

20 May 1941
At 21.24 hours on 20 May 1941, the British merchant Javanese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-138 155 nautical miles north-west of the Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. One crew member was lost. The master, 45 crew members, eight gunners and four passengers were picked up by the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt A.F. de Salis, RN), HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN) and the British rescue tug HMRT Assurance (Sub.Lt. E.E. Litts). All survivors were transferred to the British rescue ship Toward and landed at Gourock on 28 May.

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