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Name: HEREWARD
Type: Destroyer
Keel: 28/02/1935
Launched: 10/03/1936
Completed: 21/10/1936
Builder: Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 4
Dimensions: 1370disp - 1913disp, 323.0 x 33.0 x 12.5(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Geared steam turbines, 34000shp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 36.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 4 x 1 x 4.7ins, 2 x 4 x 0.5ins guns; 2 x 4 x 21.0ins torpedoes;
2 x depth charge throwers
History:
21/10/1936 British Royal Navy
29/05/1941 Sank
Comments: Member of the H Class of destroyers
Allocated pennant H93
Named after Hereward The Wake
1937: She was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet and the ship spent four months during the Spanish Civil War in Spanish waters, enforcing the arms blockade imposed by Britain and France on both sides of the conflict.
1939: When World War II began in September 1939, the ship was in the Mediterranean, but was shortly transferred to the South Atlantic Command to hunt for German commerce raiders and blockade runners, capturing one of the latter in November.
1940: HMS Hereward was transferred to the Home Fleet in May 1940 and rescued Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands on 13th May 1940 after the Germans had invaded.
1940: Transferred back to the Mediterranean Fleet and escorted convoys to Malta as well as escorting the larger ships of the fleet. She sank the Italian submarine NAIADE in December before sinking the Italian torpedo boat VEGA the following month.
03/1941: Participated in the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941 and helped to evacuate Allied troops from Greece in April.
05/1941: Sank several small ships of a German convoy attempting to land troops on Crete
29/05/1941: Bombed & sunk by German Ju-87 dive bombers as she was evacuating Allied troops from Crete
76 members of the ship's company were killed and 89 survivors were rescued by Italians and they became prisoners of war.


Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair