HMT Warwick Deeping
|Name:||Warwick Deeping (FY 182)|
|Operator:||Newington Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Kingston upon Hull|
|Builder:||Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby|
|Launched:||11 October 1934|
|Fate:||Taken over by the Admiralty, August 1939|
|Name:||HMT Warwick Deeping (H136)|
|Commissioned:||22 September 1939|
|Fate:||Sunk, 11 December 1940|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||47.24 m (155.0 ft)|
|Beam:||7.92 m (26.0 ft)|
|Depth:||4.27 m (14.0 ft)|
She was acquired by the Admiralty in August 1939 and converted into an anti-submarine patrol vessel, armed with a single 4-inch (100 mm) gun, machine guns, depth charges, and fitted with ASDIC, and assigned to the 17th Anti-Submarine Group at Portsmouth.
At 22:30 on the night of 11–12 October 1940 she was on patrol in the English Channel, about 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) south of the Isle of Wight, in company with HMT L'Istrac when she encountered five German torpedo boats; Falke, Wolfe, Greif, Kondor and Seeadler which had sailed from Cherbourg to sortie along the English coast. The two British ships soon found themselves under fire, and L'Istrac, believing that the German ships were Royal Navy vessels attacking in error switched on her identification lights. She was promptly shelled, causing a large explosion aboard, and then torpedoed and sunk, with the loss of her captain and 11 men. The Warwick Deeping attempted to escape, but was relentlessly attacked, and hit by a torpedo, which fortunately failed to explode. She was hit several times by shells, one of which finally disabled her engines. Now helpless and sinking, the crew abandoned the ship, but instead of delivering the coup de grace the German torpedo boats unexpectedly broke off their attack and sailed away. An hour later all 22 crew were rescued.
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