Allied Warships

HMS Moorstone

Mooring vessel of the Moor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMooring vessel
Built byBow McLachlan & Co. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched12 Nov 1919 
Lost15 Aug 1940 

During the evening of 15 August 1940, 11 Italian S.79 (6 bombers, 5 torpedo-armed) attacked the Mediterranean Fleet in Alexandria harbor. The torpedo planes attack failed completely but the bombers, belonging to the 10ยบ Stormo and led personally by Col. Giovanni Benedetti, charged with creating a diversion, sank the Moorstone in shallow water. The ship was later raised and repaired. One member of the crew was killed in the attack.


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