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ROYAL NAVY AT FREETOWN (V W) - V W - 16 PAGES

16)WRESTLER (DESTROYER)



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Completed: 1917


Displacement: 1,316-1,339 tons


Length: 300 ft


Beam: 26, 9 ft


Draught: 9 ft standard, 11 ft 3 in deep


Propulsion: 3 Yarrow-type Water-tube boilers (White-Forster type in Valentine), Brown-Curtissteam turbines (Parsons in ValentineValhalla), 2 shafts, 27,500 shp


Armament: 4 x QF 4 in Mk.V (102mm L/45) guns, mount P Mk.I , 2 x QF 2 pdr Mk.II "pom-pom" (40 mm L/39) anti-aircraft guns, 4 (2x2) tubes for 21-inch (530 mm) torpedoes 


Speed: 34 Kts


Complement: 115


HMS Wrestler served at south Atlantic Station base Freetown from June 1941 to January 1942 in several convoy Escort duties. 


Below, we can see the story of HMS Wrestler in south Atlantic. 

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July                         Transferred to Freetown for convoy defence duties


August                  Deployed at Freetown.

                14th        Joined military convoy WS10 during passage in Atlantic with H M Destroyer VELOX and HM Corvette BERGAMOT for Local Escort.


                17th        Detached from V610 with HM Destroyer VELOX, HM Corvettes BERGAMOT and

                               CYCLAMEN on arrival at Freetown.


                27th        Joined military convoy WS10X on passage to Freetown with HM Destroyer BRILLIANT, HM Corvettes CLEMATIS and CROCUS for Local Escort.


                28th        Detached from WS10X with same ships and HM Destroyer BRILLIANT which had joined later. (Note: WS10X sailed from Freetown on 1st September escorted by 4 Corvettes.


 September

                13th   Deployed as Local Escort for Fast Section of military convoy WS11 «with HMS VELOX and HM Corvette STARWORT, arriving at Freetown same day.


                18th        Joined re-assembled full Convoy WS11X for Local Escort on sailing from Freetown with  HM Destroyers VELOX, ENCOUNTER and HM Sloop SUTLEJ (RIN)

(Note: HM Battlecruiser REPULSE and HM Armed Merchant Cruiser DERBYSHIRE weredeployed as Ocean Escort for WS11 during passage to Cape Town.


                20th        Detached from WS11 with HMS WRESTLER and returned to Freetown.


 October                  Freetown convoy defence duties in continuation.

                11th        Joined military convoy WS12 with HM Destroyer VELOX on passage to Freetown for

                                Local Escort


                14th        Detached from WS12 with HMS VELOX on arrival at Freetown.


                19th      Provided Local Escort for WS12 with HMS VELOX and 3 Corvettes. (Note: Ocean Escort was provided by HM Cruisers DORSETSHIRE and DEVONSHIRE.)


                22nd        Detached from WS12 with Local Escort and returned to Freetown.


 November                Freetown deployment in continuation. to December


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January                Freetown deployment in continuation.to Transferred for service in Mediterranean and took passage to Gibraltar.


 

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