Allied Warships

HMS Porcupine (G 93)

Destroyer of the P class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 93 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Oct 1939 
Laid down26 Dec 1939 
Launched10 Jun 1941 
Commissioned31 Aug 1942 
End service9 Dec 1942 

HMS Porcupine (Cdr. George Scott Stewart, RAN) was torpedoed on 9 December 1942 north east of Oran, Algeria in position 36º40'N, 00º04'W by the German submarine U-602 and declared a total loss.

Scrapped at Plymouth on 6 May 1946.  

Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 9 Dec 1942 by U-602 (Schüler).

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Commands listed for HMS Porcupine (G 93)

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1Cdr. George Scott Stewart, RAN5 Jun 194219 Jan 1943

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Notable events involving Porcupine include:

19 Sep 1942
HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN) conducted an oiling at sea exercise at Scapa Flow with the destroyer HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN). (1)

6 Nov 1942
'Force H' made up of HMS Nelson, HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN), HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN), HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN), HMS Farndale (Cdr. D.P. Trentham, RN), HMS Puckeridge (Lt. J.C. Cartwright, DSC, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

While taking up her berth HMS Nelson fouled the merchant vessel Empire Gawain and the minesweepers HMS Bude (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR). HMS Nelson sustained some minor damage. (2)

11 Nov 1942
HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) arrived at Gibraltar at 0900 hours. She departed again at 1445 hours to go to the aid of the torpedoed troop transport Nieuw Zeeland.

Later that day the British destroyer HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), the British escort destroyer HMS Albrighton (Lt. R.J. Hanson, DSC, DSO, RN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) together rescue 238 survivors from the Dutch troop transport Nieuw Zeeland that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-380 about 80 miles east of Gibraltar in position 35°57'N, 03°58'W.

The three ships then took the survivors to Gibraltar where they arrived around 2115 hours.

HrMs Isaac Sweers and HMS Porcupine departed Gibraltar soon after having landed the survivors. They were to join 'Force H' at sea. Before doing so they were to fuel at sea from 'Force R'.

12 Nov 1942
In the evening of 12 November 1942 HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) and HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) both fuelled from 'Force R' which was made up of the tankers Dingledale (8145 GRT, built 1941, master R.T. Duthie) and Brown Ranger (3417 GRT, built 1941, master D.B.C. Ralph). Escort for this force was provided by the corvette HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) and four A/S trawlers, HMS Arctic Ranger (Skr. J.F. Banks, RNR), HMS Imperialist (T/Lt. A.R.F. Pelling, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and HMS St. Nectan (Lt. J.B. Osborne, RANVR).

The destroyers were to join 'Force H' at sea but were ordered to remain with 'Force R' during the night.

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  1. ADM 53/116682
  2. ADM 199/662

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

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