HMS Georgetown (1940) DD  (1st)

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

Originally the USS Maddox DD168, built by Bethlehem Steel of Fore River, laid down 20-Jul-1918, launched 27-Oct-1918, commissioned in the US Navy 10-Mar-1919, commissioned in the Royal Navy 23-Sep-1940 and renamed.

A collision with HMS Hamilton meant she did not arrive at Devonport 13-Nov-1940 for a short refit after which she joined the 4th Escort group. A collision on 26-Feb-1941 resulted in repairs which took until July-1941 to complete.

Joined the 3rd Escort Group Sepp-1941 for escort duty.

Began a stage 2 refit on the Clyde Nov-1941 but a boiler room fire meant this was not completed until Apr-1942, when she resumed escort duty.

Joined the Western Local Escort Force at Halifax where she remained for the rest of her active service. Refitted at Charleston, South Carolina MAr-1943 to May-1943.

Returned to the UK Nov-1943 to be paid off and go into reserve at Hartlepool.

After a refit at Tyneside was loaned to the Soviet Navy 10-Aug-1944 to Sep-1952 as Zhostky.

Arrived at Inverkeithing 16-Sep-1952 for breaking up.

Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1940-43.


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This page last edited - 01 May, 2013.

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