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

8)WESTON (SLOOP)



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Completed:  1933


Displacement:  1123  tons


Length:  281  ft


Beam:  35 ft


Draught:  8,3 ft


Propulsion: 2 × QF 4 in (100 mm) Mk V guns (2×1), 4 × .5 inch anti-aircraft machine guns (1×4)


Complement: 95


Speed:  16 kts


HMS WESTON was deployed in Jan 41 as part of escort for outward Convoy OS18 to West Africa and return SL Series convoy. With brief return to England for reffiting she remained until late in 44 in West Africa at Freetown 55th Escort Group.


On 20 Sep, 1941, the unescorted Cingalese Prince (Master John Smith) was torpedoed and sunk by U-111 east-southeast of St.Paul Rocks. The master, 48 crew members and eight gunners were lost. 15 crew members and three gunners were rescued after 12 days by the Spanish merchant Castillo Montjuich and landed at St.VincentCape Verde Islands.


One crew member was picked up by the British sloop HMS Weston (L 72) (Cdr J.G. Sutton) and one officer by the British sloop HMS Londonderry (L 76) (Cdr J.S. Dalison) and landed atLondonderry on 3 November. The British merchant was loaded with 11,156 tons of General cargo including manganese ore and pig iron.


 

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