HMS Dundee (L84)

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HMS Dundee (L84)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Dundee
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Launched: 1932
Identification: Pennant number L84
Fate: Sunk by U-48 on 15 September 1940
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,105 long tons (1,123 t)
Length: 281 ft (86 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbines, 2 shafts, 2,000 shp (1,491 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (18 mph; 30 km/h)
Complement: 95

HMS Dundee was a Royal Navy sloop of World War II. The ship saw service primarily as a convoy escort in the Atlantic. She was sunk by a German submarine while escorting one of these convoys in September 1940.

Some sources place Dundee in Falmouth class, others that she was part of the Shoreham class, which was derived from the Bridgewater class. Others make the ship to be part of Bridgewater class. She was built in Kent and launched in 1932.

Service history[edit]

Dundee served as an escort for convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. She was sunk at 00.25 hours on 15 September 1940 by the most successful German submarine of the war, U-48, commanded at that time by Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Bleichrodt.

U-48 attacked a convoy, SC-3, of which Dundee was the only escort. U-48 missed the British merchant ship Empire Soldier, but later torpedoed and sank Dundee, commanded by Capt. O.M.F. Stokes, RN, in position 56º45'N, 14º14'W, off Northern Ireland.

The Imperial War Museum has a recording from its sound archives of W J H Mills, a Canadian serving with the Royal Navy on Dundee, describing the sinking. In the recording he recounts "The blast was so severe that it tore the lockers away from the bulkhead mess – we knew we’d been hit – there was no mistaking it."

See also[edit]



  • Hague, Arnold (1993). Sloops: A History of the 71 Sloops Built in Britain and Australia for the British, Australian and Indian Navies 1926–1946. Kendal, England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-67-3. 

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Coordinates: 56°45′N 14°14′W / 56.750°N 14.233°W / 56.750; -14.233