HMS Highlander (H 44)
Destroyer of the Havant class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Laid down||28 Sep 1938|
|Launched||19 Oct 1939|
|Commissioned||18 Mar 1940|
Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 4 September 1939 while being built for the Brazilian Navy. Named HMS Highlander.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 27 May 1946.
|Former name||Brazilian Jaguaribe|
Commands listed for HMS Highlander (H 44)
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|1||Cdr. William Alexander Dallmeyer, RN||1 Jan 1940||14 Jan 1941|
|2||Cdr. Sidney Boucher, RN||14 Jan 1941||31 Jul 1942|
|3||Cdr. Edward Campbell Lacy Day, RN||31 Jul 1942||26 Aug 1943|
|4||Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RN||26 Aug 1943||Dec 1943|
|5||Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR||20 Mar 1944||ca. Sep 44|
|6||Lt. Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, RN||ca. Sep 44||7 Feb 1945|
|7||Cdr. (retired) Martyn Butt Sherwood, DSO, RN||7 Feb 1945||20 Apr 1945|
|8||Lt. Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, RN||20 Apr 1945||28 Aug 1945|
|9||Lt. Richard Edward Roe, RN||28 Aug 1945||early 1946|
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Notable events involving Highlander include:
26 Aug 1940
HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN) picks up survivors from the British merchant Yewcrest that was sunk with gunfire by German U-boat U-37 southwest of Iceland in position 55°10'N, 25°02'W.
13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940 the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN) and HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) bombard Cherbourg in a sweep through the Seine Bay.
30 Oct 1940
German U-boat U-32 was sunk north-west of Ireland, in position 55°37'N, 12°19'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. C.M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN).
28 Jan 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Rear Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN) departed Liverpool for Rosyth. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN) and HMS Havelock (Cdr. E.H. Thomas, RN).
At 1825 hours the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) also joined.
At 0850/29 the destroyer HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) joined until 1253 hours when she departed the screen.
Shortly before 1600/29 light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr M.J. Clark, RAN) joined. HMS Hesperus and HMS Havelock were then detached.
For the daily noon positions of HMS Prince of Wales during the passage from Liverpool to Rosyth see the map below.
28 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR), HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN) and HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN). (4)
29 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN), USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (4)
26 Nov 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Linaria (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.H. Jameson, RNR) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN) and aircraft. (8)
- ADM 173/16285
- ADM 173/16286
- ADM 53/114884
- ADM 173/17201
- ADM 173/17253
- ADM 173/17790
- ADM 173/17786
- ADM 173/17776
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.