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HMS Penzance (L28)

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Name  HMS Penzance (L28)
Ordered  4 April 1929
Completed  January 1931
Construction started  29 July 1929
Length  76 m
Beam  10 m
Operator  Royal Navy
Laid down  29 July 1929
Commissioned  15 January 1931
Launched  10 April 1930
Draft  2.4 m
Builder  HMNB Devonport

The third HMS Penzance (L28) was a Hastings-class sloop launched in 1930, and torpedoed and sunk in 1940 whilst on convoy protection duty by U-37 with the loss of 90 of her 104 crew. She is named after the Cornish port of Penzance and is the third to bear that name.

Convoy escort

HMS Penzance was the only armed escort of Convoy SC–1 which left Sydney, Nova Scotia on 15 August 1940 and by the 24th was 700 miles south–west of Iceland. She was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side, split in two, and some of her depth charges activated by the water pressure exploded and she sank in minutes.

References

HMS Penzance (L28) Wikipedia


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