HMS Crispin (i)
Ocean boarding vessel
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Ocean boarding vessel|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Launched||7 Dec 1934|
|Lost||3 Feb 1941|
|Loss position||56° 52'N, 20° 22'W|
Cargo vessel completed in March 1935. Requisitioned by the Admiralty in August 1940. Displacement: 5050 GRT. Dimensions: 125.6 x 17. Armament: 2 6" guns (2x1), 1 12pdr AA gun Speed: 13 knots.
At 23.33 hours on 3 Feb 1941, HMS Crispin (A/Cdr Bernard Moloney, DSO, DSC, RNR) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from the German submarine U-107 north-northwest of Rockall in position 56°38'N, 20°05'W. The ship was just detached from the dispersed convoy OB-280 together with HMS Arbutus (Lt.Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, RNVR), the British armed yacht HMS Philante (Capt. (retired) H.S. Bowlby, RN) and the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE) to join the convoy SC-20 on 4 February. HMS Crispin was abandoned and foundered the following day in position 56°52'N, 20°22'W. The Commander, five officers and 14 ratings were lost. Eight survivors were picked up by the rescue ship and the remaining survivors by HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Crispin (i)|
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|1||A/Cdr. Bernard Moloney, DSO, DSC, RNR||7 Oct 1940||3 Feb 1941|
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