Allied Warships

HMS Cape Warwick (FY 167)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 167 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched16 Mar 1937 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in May 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 516 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

In October 1941 Cape Warwick was a member of the 3rd escort group, employed in convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. Whilst working in Icelandic waters, she took in tow a merchantman which had grounded on the coast. After losing most of her cable the trawler managed to get the cargo vessel into Reykjavik. On the way into harbour, a tug attempted to take over the tow, only desisting when the Commanding Officer of Cape Warwick vigorously promised to use his 4” gun. The Captain lodged a salvage claim and a year later the princely pay out was made by the Admiralty. The captain received £10 his other officers £4 and the ratings £1.

In 1942 Cape Warwick was employed in escorting American convoys from Boston down the Eastern seaboard to Key West in Florida, making calls at New York, Norfolk (Virginia), Wilmington and Charleston. In December, after being loaned to the U.S. Navy, she was transferred to South African waters to combat the growing U-boat activity in that area. She was employed on asdic patrol and as an escort for convoys from Walvis Bay round the Cape of Good Hope, and up to Durban and Mombassa.

From 3 to 6 March 1943 Cape Warwick was docked in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa In April whilst escorting a small convoy consisting of three ships from Walvis Bay to Cape Town, the Britsh steam passenger ship City Of Baroda (7.129 tons), was torpedoed in postition 26.56S, 15.21E by U-509. Cape Warwick (Lt. W.E. Goggin) managed to rescue 325 crew and passengers, the Captain and his officers with fresh visions of salvage in mind, wanted to take the stricken merchantman in tow, as she appeared to be floating fairly well, but orders came for him to abandon the hulk and proceed to Cape Town with the survivors. This was a four day journey conditions onboard with over 300 souls were terrible, and everything that could possibly be jettisoned went over the side. Every inch of deck space was occupied, people had to sleep sitting up for want of space, and the life boat rations had to be used for food. On arrival in Cape Town, a welcoming surprise awaited the survivors and crew. Tables laden with food had been set out on the quay-side which had been provided by the Woman`s Volunteer Service of South Africa.

Cape Warwick remained in South African waters until after the war, and then returned to the U.K. On 26 January 1946 She was sold and later she was converted back into commercial use. On 12 November 1966 Cape Warwick was finally scrapped at Burcht, after having being renamed Evander in 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cape Warwick (FY 167)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Frederick Harold Thornton, RNR16 Oct 193922 Feb 1940
2Lt. (retired) Robert Fletcher Turnbull, RNR22 Feb 19402 Oct 1940
3T/Lt. Arthur Kennedy Nears, RNR2 Oct 194010 Sep 1941
4T/Lt. William Edward Goggin, RNR10 Sep 1941Aug 1943
5T/Lt. Kenneth Joseph Stern, RNVRAug 194329 Dec 1944
6T/Lt. Charles William Leslie Moser, RNVR29 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Cape Warwick include:


2 Apr 1943
HMS Cape Warwick (T/Lt. W.E. Goggin, RNR) picks up 325 crew and passengers from the British passenger ship City of Baroda that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-509 north-west of Cape town, South-Africa in position 26°56'S, 15°21'E.


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