Allied Warships

HMS Wear (K 230)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 230 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered8 May 1941 
Laid down16 Oct 1941 
Launched1 Jun 1942 
Commissioned24 Oct 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 29 October 1957.

 

Commands listed for HMS Wear (K 230)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Cecil John Alldridge, RNRca. mid 427 Dec 1943
2A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick Varwell Collings, DSC, RNR7 Dec 194314 Jan 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Gerald MacClelland, DSC, RN14 Jan 194427 Mar 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Edward George Leslie Hone, RNVR27 Mar 1944Jul 1945
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Sidney Rule, RNVRJul 1945mid 1946

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Notable events involving Wear include:


10 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Wear (?) and HMS Wensleydale (Lt. J.A. McClure, DSC, RN). (1)

16 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Kingston Olivine (Lt. G.C. Crowley, RN), HMS Wear (?), HMS Goathland (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Pumphrey, RN, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Fiaray (T/Lt. W.F. McAusland, RNVR). (1)

17 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Wear (?), HMS Goathland (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Pumphrey, RN, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and HMIS Carnatic (Lt. H.J.D. Hamilton, RIN). (1)

7 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear, HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR), HMS Geranium (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Wellington (Lt. L.G. Toone, RN). (2)

14 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Harvester (Cdr. A.A. Tait, DSO, RN), HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN), HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR), HMS Wear and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR). (3)

30 Mar 1943
HMS Wear (T/Lt. C.J. Alldridge, RNR) picks up 97 men from the British merchant Nagara that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-404 about 425 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre in position 46°50'N, 16°40'W. The Nagara founders on 4 April 1943 in position 47°52'N, 14°03'W while in tow of the British rescue tug HMRT Dexterous.

HMS Wear also picks up 46 survivors from the British merchant Empire Bowman that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-404 about 425 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre in position 47°26'N, 15°53'W.

HMS Wear also picks up 103 survivors from the British merchant Umaria that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-662 about 425 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre in position 46°44'N, 16°38'W. Wear then scuttles the wreck of the Umaria with gunfire.

13 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear (), HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR), HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR) and HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR). (4)

14 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear (), HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR), HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR), HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) and HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR). (4)

1 Jun 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Wear (?) and HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR). (5)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Wear (?), HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. H. Day, RN), HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN) and a trawler. (5)

18 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Egret (Lt. G.H. Cook, RN) and HMS Wear (?). (6)

19 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pelican (Capt. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Wear, HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RD, RNR), HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR), HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR) and one other vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 34]. (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17255
  2. ADM 173/17790
  3. ADM 173/17813
  4. ADM 173/17781
  5. ADM 173/18351
  6. ADM 173/17926
  7. ADM 173/17796

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


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