Gipsy 1935 HMS - Destroyer

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Gipsy 1935 HMS - Destroyer

Post by Woody » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:04 am

HMS Gipsy
Destroyer G, H, and I Class - H63
Laid down 4/9/1934 and launched by Fairfield Govan, Yard No: 651, on 7/11/35. Mined and sunk 21/11/1939 off Harwich. The wreck was later salvaged.
1335-1370t standard; 1854-1890t deep load
323ft oa x 33ft x 12ft 5in
2 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 3 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, oil, 34,000shp giving 36 knots
4 x 4.7in/45 QF Mk IX (4 x 1), 8 x 21in TT (2 x 4) and DC throwers
Crew 145

Commissioned 22/2/1936 at Devonport and joined the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla operating between Portsmouth and Harwich. She then moved to the Mediterranean where she spent most of her time pre-war.
September 1939 she was deployed with 1st DF based at Alexandria
October 1939 transferred to UK and operated in the SW approaches on anti-submarine duties during an extended passage.
12/11/1939 collided with HMS Greyhound on her way to join the 22nd DF based at Harwich requiring minor repairs at Harwich
21/11/1939 while leaving for a patrol she set off a magnetic mine which broke her back and she sank in the channel to Harwich with the loss of 30 of her crew. The survivors were taken off by the Polish destroyer Burza and the British tug Stronghold. The minefield in which she was sunk was laid during the night of 17th-18th November 1939 by the German destroyers Hermann Künne, Bernd von Arnim and Wilhelm Heidkamp.
Two sections of the wreck were later beached and were subsequently salvaged. They were broken up during 1940.

Battle Honour: ATLANTIC 1939
C1 Gipsy H63 bow port.jpg
C2 Gipsy H63 strbd stern off Malta 1938.jpg
1938 off Malta
C3 Gipsy mined with broken back 1939.JPG
22/11/1939 off Harwich, back broken

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Re: Gipsy 1935 HMS - Destroyer

Post by E28 » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:33 pm

Gipsy was accompanied by 5 other destroyers departing Harwich early afternoon of 21st Nov 1939 when she activated a magnetic mine actually laid earlier in the day from a German Heinkel He 59 seaplane, one of a pair which were sighted then seen to drop something in the channel but escaped unchallenged.

The first RN destroyer loss in WW2 was the Blanche 8 days earlier also to a mine in the Thames estuary. Gipsy became the second and due to her causing a serious obstruction to the access channel had to be moved and salvaged which unusually happened during the next few years.
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