HMS Heythrop (L85)

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HMS Heythrop (L85)
United Kingdom
Name: Heythrop
Namesake: Heythrop Hunt
Ordered: 4 September 1939
Builder: Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Yard number: J4139
Laid down: 18 December 1939
Launched: 20 October 1940
Commissioned: 21 June 1941
Identification: L85
Honours and
  • Battle Honours
  • Atlantic 1941
  • Libya 1941/42
  • Malta Convoys 1941/42
Fate: Sunk by torpedo from U-652 20 March 1942
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
Service record

HMS Heythrop (L85) was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy She was ordered as part of the 1939 War Emergency programme. She was launched in 1940 and served during the Second World War. She was named after the Heythrop Hunt.

Service history[edit]

On completion Heythorp proceeded to the Mediterranean where she was employed on escort tasks until her loss. On 20 March 1942 she was 40 miles NE of Bardia when she was hit by a torpedo fired by U-652. She was severely damaged and was taken under tow however when her pumps could not cope she was abandoned and the crew transferred by boat to HMS Eridge. She sank later that day.



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