HMS Bath (1940) DD (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Bath was a Town
Class, destroyer. One of 50 sold to the Royal Navy under the destroyers
for bases agreement.
Originally the USS Hopewell DD181, built by Newport News Ship Building Co, laid down 19-Jan-1918, launched 08-Jun-1918, commissioned in the US Navy 21-Mar-1919, commissioned in the Royal Navy 23-Sep-1940 at Halifax and renamed.
Arrived at Devonport 12-Oct and after a short refit joined the 1st Minelaying Squadron, providing escort for minelaying sorties. Followed by escort work for troop convoys.
Refitted at Chatham 25-Jan to 12-Apr-1941. On completion was loaned to the Royal Norwegian Navy.
Return to service was delayed as a result of a collision 16-Apr during trials. Repairs at the Tyne took until 19-May to complete.
On return to service joined the 5th Escort Group based at Liverpool and worked escorting UK-Gibraltar convoys.
During the sixth convoy was torpedoed and sunk 19-Aug-1941 by U-204 south-west of Ireland.
Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1941.
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20 April, 2013.
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