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Hearts of Oak
L28; 1,025 tons Bridgwater class sloop.
29th July 1929 Laid down
10th April 1930 Launched Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, UK
15th January 1931 Commissioned
Sunk 24th August 1940 (Position 56.16N : 27.19W)
HMS PENZANCE ( Captain : Cdr Allan J. Wavish, RN ) left Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on 15 August 1940, as sole escort of Convoy SC-1; but she was torpedoed and sunk on 24 August 1940 in the North Atlantic, SW of Iceland by U-37. 90 men went down with the ship. BLAIRMORE picked up the seven surviviors; she was later attacked by the same submarine and torpedoed. The survivors again abandoned ship; later rescued by the Swedish merchant ship EKNAREN and taken to Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Sandown class minehunter M106
Built Woolston shipyard (Southampton)
Commissioned Portsmouth 14th May 1998
HMS MOUNTS BAY
K627; F627; Loch Class Frigate
(Ex HMS Loch Kilbernie)
Built William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
Launched 8th June 1945
Commissioned 11th April 1946
15th August 1950 HMCS CAYUGA and HMS MOUNTS BAY
shell Yosu, North Korea.
Heavy Cruiser 10,000 tons
Laid down 9th October 1924
Launched 11th March 1926
Commissioned 8th May 1928
8th May 1941 HMS CORNWALL sinks the German raider PINGUIN near the Seychelles Islands.
2nd April 1942 Vice Admiral Sir James Somerville, Commander of the British Eastern Fleet, changes course for Addu Atoll with the main part of his fleet. HMS CORNWALL is sent to escort convoy SU-4 bound for Aden.
4th April 1942 British heavy cruisers HMS CORNWALL and DORSETSHIRE sail from Colombo at 2200 hours to rejoin the British Eastern Fleet
PINGUIN; formerly the KANDELFELS of the Hansa Line
Built 1936; 7,766 tons; crew of 420
She sailed from Bremen 22nd June 1940, under command of Capt Ernst-Felix Krüger, on a cruise that lasted nearly 11 months and extended from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the Antarctic.
PINGUIN had many victims in that time ….
DOMINGO DE LARRINAGA, FILEFJETT, BRITISH COMMANDER, MORVIKEN, BENAVON, NORDVARD, STORSTAD, NOWSHERA, NAIMOA, PORT BRISBANE, PORT WELLINGTON, OLE WEGGER, SOLGLIMT, PELAGOS, EMPIRE LIGHT, CLAN BUCHANAN
and BRITISH EMPEROR.
On 7th May 1941, the PINGUIN intercepted and sank the British tanker BRITISH EMPEROR about 350 miles S. of Socotra Island but not before the tanker had sent out a "raider" warning. This was picked up by the British cruiser HMS CORNWALL, under Capt. P. G. W. Manwaring, some 500 miles to southward, and headed to the reported position.
PINGUIN was first to open fire, at 5.15 pm, scoring hits which damaged the cruiser's steering gear but HMS CORNWALL soon began to register with her 8 in. guns and eventually the PINGUIN blew up and sank at 5.32pm. Capt. Krüger, 340 of his crew and a large number of prisoners were killed, 60 of the crew and 27 prisoners were picked up by HMS CORNWALL.
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