Allied Warships

HMS Vivien (L 33)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 33 
ModFast escort 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid downJul 1916 
Launched16 Feb 1918 
Commissioned28 May 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard completed on 25 October 1939.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 18 February 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Vivien (L 33)

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1Lt.Cdr. William David Gordon Weir, RN19 Sep 19396 Jul 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Stephen Halden Beattie, RN6 Jul 19409 Jan 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Rowland Francis Leonard, RN9 Jan 194212 Mar 1943
4Lt. Lesley Edney Blackmore, RN12 Mar 19433 Feb 1945
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Stanley Martin Booker, RNVR3 Feb 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Vivien include:

15 Feb 1940
Late in the evening HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN) departed the Tyne to reinforce the escort of convoy FS 97 (Tyne-Southend) which was made up of the destroyer HMS Vivien (Lt.Cdr. W.D.G. Weir, RN) and the sloop HMS Pelican (Cdr. L.A.K. Boswell, DSO, RN). The convoy had departed the Tyne also on the 15th.

The convoy arrived at Southend on the 17th.

HMS Jackal had bee detached earlier and arrived at Immingham very late on the 16th. (1)

16 Jun 1940
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) departed from Rosyth for exercises in the Firth of Forth together with ORP Wilk. Truant also makes several dummy attacks on HMS Vivien. After the exercises Truant departed from for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Trondheim area. Later patrol is shifted to the Stavanger area.

For the daily positions of HMS Truant during this patrol see the map below.


1 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN), HMS Lady Beryl and HMS Stella Conopus (T/Skr. L. Ford, RNR). HMS Vivien (Lt. L.E. Blackmore, RN). (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. ADM 53/112488 + ADM 199/362
  2. ADM 199/1861
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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