HMS Charlestown (1940) DD  (2nd)

This the second ship to carry the name HMS Charlestown was a Town Class, destroyer. One of 50 sold to the Royal Navy under the destroyers for bases agreement.

Originally the USS Abbot DD184, built by Newport News Shipbuilding Co, laid down 05-Apr-1918, launched 04-Jul-1918, commissioned in the US Navy 18-Jul-1919, commissioned in the Royal Navy 23-Sep-1940 and renamed.

Initial refit and defect repairs lasted until 06-Jan-1941 when she joined the 17th Squadron at Kyle of Lochalsh. Served as escort with the 1st Minelaying Squadron, Icelandic convoys and local escort for troop convoys from the Clyde.

Refitted at the Tyne Apr to May-1941, then at Grimsby from Nov-1941. his refit was prolonged as she was rammed by HMS Marple while alongside. They were not completed until Feb-1943, after which it was back to escort work, often with Icelandic convoys.

Transferred to the Orkney and Shetland Command Aug-1943, then on the Rosyth Command Oct-1943 for work escorting East Coast convoys. Continued with this until 10-Dec-1944 when she was in collision with HMS Florizel. She was not repaired, paid off and laid up at Grangemouth.

Sold 04-Mar-1947 and broken up at Sunderland.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1941-42 and North Sea 1943-44.


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This page last edited - 30 April, 2013.

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