Allied Warships

HMS Garland (H 37)

Destroyer of the G class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 37 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered5 Mar 1934 
Laid down22 Aug 1934 
Launched24 Oct 1935 
Commissioned3 Mar 1936 
End service2 May 1940 

Transferred to the Polish Navy on 2 May 1940 while being repaired at Malta. Returned to the Royal Navy on 24 September 1946. On 14 November 1947 she was sold to the Royal Netherlands Navy to serve as a school ship HrMs Marnix.

Career notesBecame the Polish destroyer Garland

Commands listed for HMS Garland (H 37)

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1Cdr. Cecil Athos Newcome Chatwin, RN25 Mar 1938Late 1939

2Lt.Cdr. Roger Caton Beckett, RNMar 1940May 1940

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Notable events involving Garland include:

16 Sep 1939
While on escort duty in the Mediterranean off Alexandria, HMS Garland (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN) is damaged by the accidental explosions of depth charges underneath her own stern. She was under repair at Malta until 16 May 1940. While under repair she was transferred to Poland on 2 May 1940.

16 Sep 1939
Having delivered the Alexandria portion of convoy Red One at Alexandria, HMS Galatea (Capt. E.G.H. Bellars, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.C. Tovey, CB, DSO, RN), did not enter port but went to the westward to proceed to the aid of the damaged destroyer HMS Garland (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN) which was being towed by her sister ship HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN).

HMS Galatea met the destroyers in the morning of the 17th when she took over four injured men from Garland to take them to Alexandria for treatment.

HMS Galatea arrived at Alexandria in the evening of the 17th. (1)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 53/108843

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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