HMS Scourge (G 01)
Destroyer of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||26 Jun 1941|
|Launched||8 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||14 Jul 1943|
Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 1 February 1946 being renamed Evertsen. Scrapped in 1963.
Commands listed for HMS Scourge (G 01)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Ian Mackintosh Balfour, RN||7 Jun 1943||Mar 1945|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Cyril George Hart Brown, DSC, RN||Mar 1945||ca mid 45|
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Notable events involving Scourge include:
20 Aug 1943
HMS Malaya (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) and HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN) participated in exercises off Scapa Flow. They appeared to have been escorted by the destroyers HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. P. Bekenn, RN), HMS Saumarez (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Walmsley, DSC, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) and HMCS Huron (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Rayner, DSC, RCN). (1)
14 Sep 1943
Around 1530/14 HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN) departed Halifax for the UK. On board were the Prime Minister (Churchill) and his entourage. At sea HMS Renown wass joined by an escort made up of the heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. G.A.B. Hawkins, DSC, MVO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN).
At 0730/16, the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN) joined coming from Hvalfiord, Iceland.
Around 1430/16, the destroyers HMS Matchless (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, DSO, RN) and HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN) joined coming from St. Johns. HMS Obdurate and HMS Obedient were then detached to Argentia.
Around 1100/18, the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O.M. Hustvedt, USN) joined coming from Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (T/Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN).
At 1405/18, HMS Kent parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
At 1900/18, USS Ranger and her escorting destroyers parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
At 0050/19, HMS Norfolk parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
Around 0900/19, HMS Renown, HMS Matchless, HMS Orwell, HMS Scorpion and HMS Scourge arrived in the Clyde.
The Prime Minister and his entourage then disembarked from HMS Renown. (3)
21 Sep 1943
Around 1400 hours HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN) departed the Clyde for Scapa Flow. She is escorted by the destroyers HMS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (3)
23 Oct 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN), HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN) and USS Capps (Lt.Cdr. B.E.S. Trippensee, USN). (4)
16 Feb 1944
At 0400 hours, HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN), started to sent out D/F bearings in order to home in HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN).
1200 hours - Started prepartions on deck to establish a tow line.
1455 hours - In position 64°24'N, 06°36'E sighted HMS Musketeer and HMS Scourse bearing 270°. HMS Scourge was ordered to take Stubborn in tow when the weather became suitable. Lt. Duff writes in his patrol report 'I have never previously appreciated the beauty of a destroyer seen bows-on'.
See 17 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (6)
19 Feb 1944
At 1127 hours, HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), took HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN) in tow. However the tow parted after 16 minutes. Stubborn then again proceeded under her own power.
1648 hours - HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) now took HMS Stubborn in tow. The tow now held and Stubborn was towed succesfully throughout the night.
See 20 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (6)
18 Apr 1945
At 0341 hours, HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN), was illuminated by friendly destroyers that were operating in the area. HMS Varne was out of position and did not identify herself before crash diving. She was lucky not to be depth charged.
The friendly destroyers encountered were HMS Scorpion (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN), HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Palmer, RN). They were on operation 'Invective', an anti-shipping raid. (10)
25 Apr 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Bermuda. (Capt. J.S. Bethell, CBE, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN). (11)
12 May 1945
Around 1215/12, HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), departed Rosyth for Portsmouth. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN) and HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN).
At 0415/14 they were joined by the destroyer ORP Garland (Lt. K. Hess).
HMS Renown, HMS Scourge, HMS Carysfort and ORP Garland arrived at Spithead around 2045/14. (12)
- ADM 53/117883 + ADM 53/118433 + ADM 53/11631
- ADM 173/18198
- ADM 53/118434
- ADM 173/18313
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1874
- ADM 173/18629
- ADM 173/18887
- ADM 53/122126
- ADM 199/1815
- File 2.12.03.5655 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 53/122127
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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