HMS Hurst Castle (K 416)
Corvette of the Castle class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland) : Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||2 Feb 1943|
|Laid down||6 Aug 1943|
|Launched||23 Feb 1944|
|Commissioned||9 Jun 1944|
|Lost||1 Sep 1944|
|Loss position||55° 27'N, 8° 12'W|
At 08.19 hours on 1 Sep, 1944, U-482 fired a Gnat at a group of corvettes and hit HMS Hurst Castle (K 416) (Lt. Harold Geeves Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) after three minutes, causing her to sink fast north of Tory Island in position 55º27'N, 08º12'W. The corvette was part of the Escort Group B1 which was searching the area for the U-boat that had attacked the convoy CU-36 on 30 August. The survivors were picked up by HMS Ambuscade (D 38) (Lt J. Mayling, RN), while the U-boat was hunted unsuccessfully by the remaining warships for more than 12 hours.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hurst Castle|
Commands listed for HMS Hurst Castle (K 416)
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|1||Lt. Harold Geeves Chesterman, DSC, RNR||1 Feb 1944||1 Sep 1944|
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Notable events involving Hurst Castle include:
1 Jul 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Hurst Castle (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMS Bamborough Castle (T/Lt. M.S. Work, DSC and Bar, RNR). (1)
28 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Hurst Castle (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMCS Huntsville (T/Lt. C.B. Hermann, RCNVR). (3)
- ADM 173/19225
- ADM 173/19456
- ADM 173/18719
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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