HMS Active

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
HMS Active
Vessel Type: 
Destroyer
GRT: 
1,350
Draught For'd: 
7' 2"
Draught Aft: 
13' 0"
Year Built: 
1929
Arrival Date: 
06/08/1947
Breakup Started: 
11/08/1948
Date First Beaching: 
23/09/1947
Breakup Completed: 
16/01/1948
Original Builder: 
Hawthorn Leslie & Company of Hebburn-on-Tyne
Original Yard No.: 
557
Other Information: 

Class 'A' Destroyer - HMS Active - Pennant No. H 14 from the Yard of Hawthorn Leslie & Coy - Hebburn
 
06-03-1928  :  Ordered                                                        
10-07-1928  :  Laid Down
09-07-1929  :  Launched
09-02-1930  :  Commissioned
 
Dimensions  :  98.4 metres  x  9.83 metres  x  3.73 metres
Tonnage      :  1,350 tons             (DWT 1,750 tons)
Complement:  138 men
Propulsion  :  Steam turbines delivering 35,500 SHP.       3 x Thornycroft oil-fired Boilers.        Speed 35.50 knots
 
Armaments:  4 x 4.7 " Deck Guns   +   2 x 2-pounder A.A. Guns   +   8 x 21" Torpedo Tubes
 
On completion and until the outset of WWII, HMS Active was part of the 3rd Destroyer Fleet and served as part of the Mediterranean fleet. 
 
With the start of the second world war, HMS Active joined the 13th Flotilla based in Gibraltar, and later Force H. She took part in Operation Catapult, against the French Fleet in Mers El Kebir. 
 
27-11-1940  :  She picked up 43 survivors of the T & J Harrison cargo-ship 'DIPLOMAT', Convoy HX 88, that had been sunk by the German submaribe U-104 in a position 128 nautical miles WNW of Bloody Foreland.
 
In May 1941, HMS Active participated in the hunt for the German battleship 'BISMARCK'.
 
In 1942, HMS Active participated in the Madagascar Landings - Opertaion Ironclad - during which, on 08-05-1942 she sank the Vichy French submarine 'MONGE'
 
On 08-10-1942, off the Cape of Good Hope, HMS Active picked up 98 survivors of Ellerman's cargo-liner 'CITY of ATHENS' that had been torpedoed and sunk by the German suibmarine U-179 whilst on a passage from UK to the Middle East.  Later, HMS Active detected the U-Boat by SONAR and searchlight, forcing her to dive.  A depth charge attack forced the enemy submarine to the surface.  HMS Active proceed to ram U-179 and sank her.
 
On 11-10-1942, HMS Active picked up 27 survivors from the American merchantman 'COLURADAN', which had been attacked and sunk by the German submarine U-159.
 
During the remainder of WWII, HMS Active was mainly engaged in convoy escort duties between Great Britain and Sierra Leone, after having received increased anti-aircraft and anti-submarine armaments.
 
On 23-05-1943, HMS Active, together with HMS Ness, sank the Italian submarine 'LEONARDO DE VINCI' in a position West of Cape Finisterre.
 
On 02-11-1943, HMS Active, in company with the Frigate HMS Ness, the Sloop HMS Fleetwood and Destroyer HMS Witherington, attacked and sank German submarine U-340 in a position close to Tangiers.
 
HMS Active decommissioned in May 1947 and sold on 20-05-1947 for scrapping.
 
Arrived at West of Scotland Shipbreakling Company's Troon facility on 6th August 1947.
 

 

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