HMS Goathland

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
HMS Goathland
Vessel Type: 
Destroyer
GRT: 
1,050
Draught For'd: 
06' 00"
Draught Aft: 
10' 06"
Year Built: 
1942
Arrival Date: 
27/08/1945
Breakup Started: 
29/08/1945
Date First Beaching: 
10/10/1945
Breakup Completed: 
23/11/1945
Original Builder: 
Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Glasgow
Original Yard No.: 
694
Other Information: 

'Hunt'-Class III Destroyer for the Royal Navy.      (Goathland is the name of a foxhunt in Yorkshire).

Served in the Western Approaches, North Sea, Channel and Mediterranean regions.

HMS Goathland, pennant number L27, was laid down at Fairfield's of Govan in January of 1941, but wasn't launched for 13 months due to delay caused by air raids over the Clyde area in March of 1941. Most of the war was spent either escorting convoys or attacking enemy convoys. On 6th June 1944 at Normandy she was a Headquarters ship controlling the initial landings by the 8th Infantry Brigade.

On 24/07/1944, she struck a mine some 17 n.m. NNW of Courseulles (off Normandy) resulting in severe damage to hull, shafting and engines.  At war's end she was reduced to a reserve role at Gareloch and, thereafter, deemed at constructive total loss, she was towed in to the breakers at Troon.

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