BEVERLEY H64

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BEVERLEY H64

Post by yorkieman » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:08 pm

Completed in 1919 by Newport News S.B. & Drydock as U.S.S. BRANCH

One of many elderly destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy on lend-lease on 2/9/1940

1190 disp., 314ft x 30.7ft

Commissioned into RN on 9/10/1940 as part of the 'Town' class as HMS BEVERLEY H64

On 9 April 1943 HMS Beverley had been seriously damaged in a collision with the British steam merchant Cairnvalona (4929 tons) and took station in the rear of the convoy, until she was torpedoed some 30 hours later.

At 05.49 hours on 11 April 1943 the German submarine U-188 fired a torpedo at the convoy ON-176 southwest of Iceland and observed a hit on a tanker after 1 minute 34 seconds, which finally sank after 45 minutes with a broken back. At 05.50 hours, two torpedoes were fired and after 1 minute 58 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds hits on two ships were heard. At 05.52 hours again two torpedoes were fired, which hit a fourth ship after 1 minute 58 seconds and began to settle by the bow. However, Allied records indicate that only HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Price, RN) was hit and sunk at that time in position 52.19N, 40.28W. There were only 4 survivors out of a crew of 155.
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Re: BEVERLEY H64

Post by E28 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:49 pm

Each of the 50 transferred were given names common to both the UK and USA.
Beverley is in Yorkshire and in Massachusetts, however she was adopted not by her namesake town, but by Merthyr Tydfil during 1941.
All the ships in the transfer which had a badge designed, had a white 5 pointed star incorporated on a blue back if practical, or within a blue circle.
Note the second ex US destroyer in the dock astern, unidentified.
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Post by yorkieman » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:37 am

Thanks for that E28, I did not know of the Merthyr Tydfil connection!
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Re: BEVERLEY H64

Post by E28 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:02 pm

These American 4 stackers or flush deck destroyers were of the same vintage as our grey navy V and W class destroyers.
However, at the time of the lend lease agreement which enabled Britain to acquire 50 of these frankly frightfully dire destroyers, our navy was well advanced with the WAIR conversions to our ships and the LRE proposals would soon commence, whilst the US had allowed most of their flush deckers to deteriorate to such a degree as to become a liability.
In the grand scheme of things, this was not our finest deal and serious issues would be found in virtually every ship that headed to our shores.
Between the wars, the V and W classes had generally been maintained to a high standard, and had always been the much superior of the two with regard to function and purpose.
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Re: BEVERLEY H64

Post by E28 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:26 pm

Returning to my post 2 here regarding the adoption of warships in March 1942 and the Beverley-Merthyr link, there were also many other anomalies.
The hunt class destroyer Eglinton, named after the famous foxhounds hunting the Eglinton country in Ayrshie, not too far from the Clyde, was in fact adopted not by a community in that locale, but by the Hampshire town of Alton.
This was apparently due to ships being allocated to communities, and many of the warships were already completed front line ships, as opposed to new construction and the geographical mis matches seemed a minor issue, or were maybe intended to strengthen regional communities.
The Eglinton hunt disbanded after the 2007-08 season.
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Re: BEVERLEY H64

Post by E28 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:45 pm

Winston Churchill, no less, is believed to have influenced the choice of names for these destroyers upon their transfer, feeling the cross pond name link appropriate.
One of their number in fact became HMS Churchill, ex USS Herndon DD198 which entered the water on 31 may 1919 from the Newport News ship'g Co.
After service with the RN she was transferred to the Russians as the Deyatelny, meaning active, on 16 July 1944.
She was lost as such 16 Jan 1945.
Beverley and Churchill were each the 1st of name in our grey navy.
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Re: BEVERLEY H64

Post by Brianh » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:28 pm

the photograph shows Beverley, with Charlestown astern, in the Palmers drydock at Hebburn on the Tyne when they were bein refitted in April/May 1941.

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