HMS Eridge (L68)

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HMS Eridge (L68).jpg
Eridge in July 1941
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Eridge
Builder: Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Laid down: 21 November 1939
Launched: 20 August 1940
Commissioned: 28 February 1941
Reclassified: Base ship on 29 August 1942
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1946
General characteristics Type II
Class and type: Hunt-class destroyer
  • 1,050 long tons (1,070 t) standard
  • 1,430 long tons (1,450 t) full load
Length: 85.3 m (279 ft 10 in) o/a
Beam: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draught: 2.51 m (8 ft 3 in)
  • 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
  • 25.5 kn (29.3 mph; 47.2 km/h) full
Range: 3,600 nmi (6,700 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)
Complement: 164
  • 6 × QF 4 in Mark XVI on twin mounts Mk. XIX
  • 4 × QF 2 pdr Mk. VIII on quad mount MK.VII
  • 2 × 20 mm Oerlikons on single mounts P Mk. III
  • 110 depth charges, 2 throwers, 3 racks
Service record
Commanders: Lt.Cdr. William Frank Niemann Gregory-Smith

HMS Eridge was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1940 and served during the Second World War.

Service history[edit]

On 29 May 1942, Eridge assisted the destroyers Hero and Hurworth in sinking the German submarine U-568.[1] At 04:15 on 29 August 1942, she began shelling Axis positions off El Daba, Egypt, at 31°7′N 28°26′E / 31.117°N 28.433°E / 31.117; 28.433, together with the destroyers Croome and Hursley. At 05:00, she was permanently disabled by a 450mm torpedo fired by the Italian motor torpedo boat MTSM-228. The attack caused five fatalities on board Eridge.[2]

HMS Eridge being brought back To Harbour, Alexandria, 29 August 1942 (IWM A13534)

She was towed to Alexandria by the destroyer Aldenham,[3] where the destroyer was used as a base ship for the rest of the war and sold for scrapping in October 1946.



Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Gregory (2008). Red Tobruk: Memoirs of a World War II Destroyer Commander. Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 1-84415-862-4. 

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