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HMS Effingham - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Effingham

Name : HMS Effingham
Laid Down : 6th April 1917
Launched : 8th June 1921
Completed : 25th July 1925
Type : Cruiser
Class : Hawkins
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Pennants : D98, I98
Fate : Wrecked 17th May 1940

His Majesty’s Dockyard Portsmouth launched this Hawkins class heavy cruiser on 8 June 1921 and she entered service in the Royal Navy on 25 July 1925. EFFINGHAM was flagship of the Far Eastern Squadron between 1925 and 1932, before being placed as the flagship for the reserves on her return. In 1937 she received an extensive refit during which she landed her 7.5” guns and embarked nine 6”, transforming her into a light cruiser. She emerged from the dockyard with a single upright funnel instead of two raked ones.

Following the outbreak of the Second World War she formed part of the 12th Cruiser Squadron, patrolling the Northern Atlantic, in the Iceland region, and also transported £2 million in gold reserves to Canada. She hunted German surface raiders on her return, and then took part in the Norwegian campaign. She remained in Northern Norwegian waters until her loss. After bombarding German positions in the hills around Narvik until May, she sailed to transport troops and equipment from Ankenes to Bodø.

It was whilst she was on transport duties that she ran aground on rocks near Harstad on 18 May. The rock was shown on the ship's chart, but when the navigator had drawn the ship's route, his pencil mark had obscured the obstacle directly in the ship's path. Fortunately, no one died in the wreck; torpedo and gunfire from an accompanying destroyer finally sank her on 21 May after all her secret papers and equipment had been removed. She rolled onto her side, leaving masts and funnel level with the surface. Scrapping of the majority of the wreck took place after the war, but some parts of it are still in place.

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HMS Effingham, 1925.


HMS Effingham, July 1935.


HMS Effingham


HMS Effingham at Karachi


HMS Effingham as rebuilt in 1935.


HMS Effingham.


Some men from HMS Effingham in the Far East.


HMS Effingham in the Far East.


The launch of HMS Effingham, 8th June 1921.


HMS Effingham.

Known Crew Details :

Name

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

Ron Skinner

1937

1938

Timeline Entries :


December 1915 - Ordered
6th April 1917 - Laid down at Portsmouth Dockyard
8th April 1921 - Launched at Portsmouth Dockyard
July 1925 - Completed
2nd July 1925 - Commissioned
17th November 1925 - Sailed Colombo
23rd November 1925 - Arrived Berbera
26th November 1925 - Sailed Berbera
26th November 1925 - Arrived Aden
2nd December 1925 - Sailed Aden
6th December 1925 - Arrived Muscat
7th December 1925 - Sailed Muscat
12th December 1925 - Arrived Colombo
17th December 1925 - Sailed Colombo
18th December 1925 - Arrived Trincomalee
29th September 1928 - Sailed Colombo
1st October 1928 - Arrived Maldive Islands
3rd October 1928 - Sailed Maldive Islands
6th October 1928 - Arrived Trincomalee
21st October 1928 - Sailed Trincomalee
22nd October 1928 - Arrived Colombo
22nd October 1928 - Sailed Colombo
25th October 1928 - Arrived Bombay
28th October 1928 - Sailed Bombay
30th October 1928 - Arrived Karachi
7th November 1928 - Sailed Karachi
9th November 1928 - Arrived Bombay
11th November 1928 - Sailed Bombay
14th November 1928 - Arrived Sur
15th November 1928 - Arrived Muscat
15th November 1928 - Sailed Sur
20th November 1928 - Sailed Muscat
22nd November 1928 - Arrived Henjam
24th November 1928 - Sailed Henjam
27th November 1928 - Arrived Basra
13th December 1928 - Arrived Abadan
13th December 1928 - Sailed Basra
16th December 1928 - Sailed Abadan
18th December 1928 - Arrived Dabai
18th December 1928 - Sailed Dabai
19th December 1928 - Arrived Dibah
19th December 1928 - Sailed Dibah
21st December 1928 - Arrived Karachi
5th January 1929 - Sailed Karachi
7th January 1929 - Arrived Bombay
11th January 1929 - Sailed Bombay
12th January 1929 - Sailed Ratnigiri
12th January 1929 - Arrived Ratnigiri
13th January 1929 - Arrived Goa
14th January 1929 - Sailed Goa
15th January 1929 - Sailed Calicut
15th January 1929 - Arrived Calicut
16th January 1929 - Arrived Androth
16th January 1929 - Sailled Androth
17th January 1929 - Arrived Minicoy
17th January 1929 - Sailed Minicoy
19th January 1929 - Arrived Colombo
26th January 1929 - Sailed Colombo
27th January 1929 - Arrived Trincomalee
28th January 1929 - Sailed Trincomalee
29th January 1929 - Arrived Madras
12th February 1929 - Sailed Madras
13th February 1929 - Arrived Trincomalee
2nd April 1929 - Sailed Trincomalee
3rd April 1929 - Arrived Colombo
15th April 1929 - Sailed Colombo
20th April 1929 - Arrived Socotra
21st April 1929 - Sailed Socotra
23rd April 1929 - Arrived Aden
29th April 1929 - Sailed Aden
30th April 1929 - Arrived Berbera
4th May 1929 - Sailed Berbera
9th May 1929 - Arrived Seychelles
13th May 1929 - Sailed Seychelles
17th May 1929 - Arrived Mauritius
18th May 1929 - Arrived Rodriguez
18th May 1929 - Sailed Mauritius
22nd May 1929 - Sailed Rodriguez
23rd May 1929 - Arrived Mauritius
10th June 1929 - Sailed Mauritius
11th June 1929 - Arrived Reunion
12th June 1929 - Sailed Reunion
16th June 1929 - Arrived Zanzibar
25th June 1929 - Arrived Tanga
25th June 1929 - Sailed Zanzibar
1st July 1929 - Sailed Tanga
2nd July 1929 - Arrived Mombasa
23rd July 1929 - Sailed Mombasa
1st August 1929 - Arrived Colombo
14th October 1929 - Sailed Colombo
15th October 1929 - Arrived Trincomalee
19th October 1929 - Sailed Trincomalee
23rd October 1929 - Arrived Bombay
31st October 1929 - Sailed Bombay
2nd November 1929 - Arrived Karachi
8th November 1929 - Sailed Karachi
10th November 1929 - Arrived Bombay
18th November 1929 - Arrived Jaigarh
18th November 1929 - Sailed Bombay
20th November 1929 - Sailed Jaigarh
21st November 1929 - Arrived Mangalore
23rd November 1929 - Sailed Mangalore
24th November 1929 - Arrived Cochin
28th November 1929 - Arrived Trivandrum
28th November 1929 - Sailed Cochin
29th November 1929 - Sailed Trivandrum
30th November 1929 - Arrived Colombo
11th December 1929 - Sailed Colombo
12th December 1929 - Arrived Trincomalee
19th December 1929 - Sailed Trincomalee
23rd December 1929 - Arrived Calcutta
3rd January 1930 - Sailed Calcutta
6th January 1930 - Arrived Rangoon
16th January 1930 - Sailed Rangoon
17th January 1930 - Arrived Andamans
22nd January 1930 - Sailed Andamans
23rd January 1930 - Arrived Nicobar
25th January 1930 - Sailed Nicobar
28th January 1930 - Arrived Trincomalee
30th January 1930 - Sailed Trincomalee
31st January 1930 - Arrived Colombo
1st February 1930 - Sailed Colombo
25th February 1930 - Arrived Portsmouth for refit and recommissioning
1st April 1930 - Commissioned at Portsmouth
30th April 1930 - Sailed Portsmouth
3rd May 1930 - Arrived Gibraltar
3rd May 1930 - Sailed Gibraltar
6th May 1930 - Arrived Malta
8th May 1930 - Sailed Malta
11th May 1930 - Sailed Port Said
11th May 1930 - Passed through Suez
11th May 1930 - Arrived Port Said
15th May 1930 - Arrived Aden
15th May 1930 - Sailed Aden
22nd May 1930 - Arrived Colombo
4th June 1930 - Sailed Colombo
5th June 1930 - Arrived Trincomalee
24th June 1930 - Sailed Trincomalee
24th June 1930 - Exercises
2nd July 1930 - Arrived Mauritius
15th July 1930 - Sailed Mauritius
18th July 1930 - Arrived Aldabra Islands
18th July 1930 - Sailed Aldabra Islands
20th July 1930 - Arrived Kilwa Kisiwani
25th July 1930 - Arrived Mafia
25th July 1930 - Sailed Kilwa Kisiwani
28th July 1930 - Sailed Mafia
28th July 1930 - Arrived Rufiji River
31st July 1930 - Sailed Rufiji River
1st August 1930 - Arrived Dar-es-Salaam
5th August 1930 - Sailed Dar-es-Salaam
6th August 1930 - Arrived Zanzibar
12th August 1930 - Arrived Tanga
12th August 1930 - Sailed Zanzibar
15th August 1930 - Arrived Mombassa
15th August 1930 - Sailed Tanga
31st August 1930 - Sailed Mombassa
4th September 1930 - Arrived Praslin Island
4th September 1930 - Sailed Praslin Island
10th September 1930 - Arrived Addu Atoll
12th September 1930 - Sailed Addu Atoll
15th September 1930 - Arrived Trincomalee
October 1930 - Commenced Persian Gulf Cruise
1st October 1930 - Capt. B.A. Fraser in Command
1st October 1930 - Sailed Trincomalee for Colombo
1st October 1930 - Sailed Trincomalee
2nd October 1930 - Arrived Colombo
3rd October 1930 - Entered Dry Dock
9th October 1930 - Out of Dry Dock
11th October 1930 - Sailed Colombo for Aden
14th October 1930 - Sailed Colombo
19th October 1930 - Sailed Ab del Kuri
19th October 1930 - Arrived Ab del Kuri
21st October 1930 - Arrived Aden
26th October 1930 - Arrived Djibouti
26th October 1930 - Arrived Jibuti
26th October 1930 - Sailed Aden
29th October 1930 - Sailed Djibouti
30th October 1930 - Arrived Berbera
9th November 1930 - Sailed Berbera
10th November 1930 - Arrived Djibouti
11th November 1930 - Arrived Zeila
11th November 1930 - Sailed Zeila
11th November 1930 - Sailed Djibouti
12th November 1930 - Arrived Berbera
13th November 1930 - Sailed Berbera
14th November 1930 - Sailed Aden
14th November 1930 - Arrived Aden
19th November 1930 - Arrived Khor Jarama
20th November 1930 - Sailed Sur
20th November 1930 - Sailed Jhor Jarama
20th November 1930 - Arrived Sur
21st November 1930 - Arrived Muscat
22nd November 1930 - Sailed Muscat
23rd November 1930 - Arrived Dibbah
23rd November 1930 - Arrived Sohar
23rd November 1930 - Sailed Sohar
23rd November 1930 - Sailed Dibbah
24th November 1930 - Arrived Henjam
26th November 1930 - Sailed Henjam
29th November 1930 - Arrived Basra
7th December 1930 - Arrived Abadan
7th December 1930 - Sailed Basra
14th December 1930 - Sailed Abadan
16th December 1930 - Arrived Sir Bu Nasir Island
17th December 1930 - Sailed Sir Bu Nasir Island
17th December 1930 - Arrived Debai
18th December 1930 - Arrived Khasab
18th December 1930 - Sailed Debai
19th December 1930 - Sailed Khasab
22nd December 1930 - Arrived Karachi
5th January 1931 - Sailed Karachi
7th January 1931 - Arrived Bombay
24th January 1931 - Sailed Bombay
26th January 1931 - Arrived Trivandrum
February 1931 - Completed Persian Gulf Cruise
1st February 1931 - Sailed Trivandrum
2nd February 1931 - Arrived Colombo
5th February 1931 - Sailed Colombo
7th February 1931 - Arrived Trincomalee
11th March 1931 - Sailed Trincomalee
12th March 1931 - Arrived Madras
17th March 1931 - Sailed Madras
20th March 1931 - Arrived Port Blair
25th March 1931 - Sailed Port Blair
25th March 1931 - Arrived Port Cornwallis
28th March 1931 - Sailed Port Cornwallis
28th March 1931 - Arrived Table Islands
30th March 1931 - Arrived Preparis Island
30th March 1931 - Sailed Table Islands
31st March 1931 - Sailed Preparis Island
1st April 1931 - Arrived Moulmein
14th June 1932 - Assumed Flagship or Rear-Admiral M.E. Dunbar-Smith
1st October 1932 - 4th Cruiser Squadron, East Indies
1st October 1932 - Capt. Bruce Fraser, OBE in Command
15th October 1932 - Paid off
March 1933 - Commenced Bay of Bengal Cruise. Completed April
29th July 1933 - Sailed Rosyth for Portsmouth
30th July 1933 - Arrived Portsmouth
24th April 1934 - At Portsmouth
24th April 1934 - Vice-Admiral W. Munro Kerr relinquished Command
24th April 1934 - Relinquished Flagship of Vice-Admiral W. Munro
25th April 1934 - Vice Admiral Assumed Command
17th May 1934 - Arrived Campbeltown
29th May 1934 - Sailed Loch Ewe for Reykjavik
2nd June 1934 - Sailed Largs
2nd June 1934 - Arrived Ramsey
15th June 1934 - Flagship of Vice-Admiral E.A. Astley-Rushton
15th June 1934 - Sailed Portsmouth for annual cruise
15th June 1934 - Flagship of Vice-Admiral E.A. Astley-Rushton
15th June 1934 - Capt. C. Coppinger in Command
15th June 1934 - Capt. C. Copinger in Command
15th June 1934 - Sailed Portsmouth for Annual Cruise
16th June 1934 - Arrived Sheerness
16th June 1934 - Arrived Sheerness
20th June 1934 - Sailed Sheerness
20th June 1934 - Sailed Sheerness
21st June 1934 - Arrived Plymouth
21st June 1934 - Arrived Plymouth
25th June 1934 - Sailed Plymouth
25th June 1934 - Sailed Plymouth
26th June 1934 - Arrived Lamlash
26th June 1934 - Arrived Lamlash
26th June 1934 - Arrived Lamlash
29th June 1934 - Arrived Largs
29th June 1934 - Sailed Lamlash
29th June 1934 - Arrived Largs
29th June 1934 - Sailed Lamlash
2nd July 1934 - Sailed Largs
6th July 1934 - Arrived Llandudno
6th July 1934 - Sailed Ramsey
6th July 1934 - Arrived Llandudno
11th July 1934 - Sailed Llandudno
11th July 1934 - Sailed Llandudno
12th July 1934 - Arrived Largs
12th July 1934 - Arrived Largs
16th July 1934 - Sailed Largs
16th July 1934 - Sailed Largs
17th July 1934 - Arrived Scapa Flow
17th July 1934 - Arrived Scapa Flow
20th July 1934 - Sailed Scapa Flow
20th July 1934 - Sailed Scapa Flow
21st July 1934 - Arrived Rosyth
21st July 1934 - Arrived Rosyth
27th July 1934 - Sailed Rosyth
27th July 1934 - Sailed Rosyth
28th July 1934 - Arrived Hastings
28th July 1934 - Flagship Vice Admiral E.A. Astley-Rushton
28th July 1934 - Arrived Hastings
28th July 1934 - Capt. Cuthbert Coppinger
28th July 1934 - Arrived Hastings
1st August 1934 - Sailed Hastings
1st August 1934 - Sailed Hastings
1st August 1934 - Sailed Hastings
1st August 1934 - Arrived Plymouth
1st August 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
1st August 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
1st August 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
19th December 1934 - Reserve Fleet Flagship
5th June 1935 - Sailed Sheerness
6th June 1935 - Arrived Plymouth
6th June 1935 - Arrived Plymouth
10th June 1935 - Sailed Plymouth
14th June 1935 - Sailed Largs
19th June 1935 - Arrived Rosyth
24th June 1935 - Sailed Rosyth for Sheerness
18th June 1936 - Sailed Portsmouth
19th June 1936 - Arrived Torbay
28th June 1936 - Capt. W.R. Patterson in Command
28th June 1936 - Arrived Portsmouth
28th June 1936 - Flagship of Vic-Admiral G.C. Dickens
20th July 1936 - Sailed Ullapool for Cambpeltown
27th July 1936 - Arrived Lamlash
9th September 1936 - Sailed Portsmouth for Plymouth
10th September 1936 - Arrived Plymouth
29th September 1936 - Ceased Flagship of Vice Admiral G.C. Dickens
4th February 1938 - Capt. B.A.W. Warburton-Lee Assumed Command
30th March 1938 - Cdr. H.W.S. Browning in Command
13th April 1938 - To Dockyard control
15th June 1938 - Flagship of Vice-Admiral M.K. Horton
15th June 1938 - Commissioned at Portsmouth
23rd June 1938 - Arrived Portsmouth
30th July 1938 - At Portsmouth. Navy Week
April 1939 - Capt. B.A.W. Warburton-Lee Relinquished Command
9th August 1939 - Attended Review of the British Reserve Fleet
9th August 1939 - At Reserve Fleet inspection in Weymouth Bay
25th August 1939 - Arrived at Scapa Flow from the Reserve Fleet
31st August 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow. Deployed in the North Sea between the Orkneys and Norway.
3rd September 1939 - 12th Cruiser Squadron Home Fleet, Scapa Flow
6th September 1939 - Arrived Scapa Flow
2nd October 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow
3rd October 1939 - Arrived Plymouth. Repairs
5th October 1939 - Proceeded to Plymouth to repair defects
9th October 1939 - At Plymouth. Repairs complete
9th October 1939 - Sailed Plymouth
15th October 1939 - Joined Convoy KJ.3
25th October 1939 - Detached from Convoy KJ.3
26th October 1939 - Arrived Devonport for boiler cleaning
7th November 1939 - Sailed Devonport after boiler cleaning
15th November 1939 - Arrived Halifax
19th November 1939 - Sailed Halifax
21st November 1939 - Arrived Bermuda
24th November 1939 - Sailed Halifax
1st December 1939 - Arrived Kingston
1st December 1939 - Arrived at Kingston
3rd December 1939 - Sailed Kingston for Halifax
6th December 1939 - Arrived Halifax
9th December 1939 - Arrived at Bermuda for refitting
13th December 1939 - Completed refitting at Bermuda
29th December 1939 - Sailed Halifax escorting Convoy HX.14 as the ocean escort
9th January 1940 - Detached from Convoy HX.14
10th January 1940 - Arrived Portsmouth to refit
13th April 1940 - Refit completed at Portsmouth
17th May 1940 - Capt. J.M. Howson in Command
17th May 1940 - Wrecked

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