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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY E F H I SHIPS

15)INKPEN (ARM TRAWLER)




Completed: 1941


Displacement: 750 tons


Length: 155 ft


Beam: 40 ft


Draught: 12 ft


Propulsion:  One 1-SE Cylindrical Boiler


Armament: QF 12 pounder (76-mm) HA/LA main gun,  3 x 20 mm Anti Aircraft guns, 4 x 0.5 in machine guns (2x2)


Complement: 37


HMS Inkpen saw active service in the south Atlantic in numerous convoy Escort duties.  On 14/Jun44 while based Freetown when escorting a convoy consisting of the French merchant Saint Basile and two A/S trawlers HMS Birdlip (T 218), HMS Turcoman  off Greenville, Liberia they were attacked by U-547 which sank HMS Birdlip (T 218)  at 01.36 hours with a Gnat and at 02.56 hours the merchant Saint Basile. HMS Inkpen  rescued 15 survivors from HMS Birdlip and 43 from Saint Basile being 22 French and 21 DEMS Senegalese ratings.


HMS Inkpen also rescued  the master and 28 survivors from Spanish merchant Castillo Montealegre sunk  08/Apr/43 by U-123 on pos 09º46”N 16º50” W. Twelve survivors had abandoned ship on a raft and were never seen again.


 

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