Allied Warships

HMS Penzance (L 28)

Sloop of the Folkestone class

Photo taken during a visit at New Bedford MA in July 1939. Photo courtesy of Marianne Donovan

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 28 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Apr 1929 
Laid down29 Jul 1929 
Launched10 Apr 1930 
Commissioned15 Jan 1931 
Lost24 Aug 1940 
Loss position56° 16'N, 27° 19'W

HMS Penzance (Cdr. Allan John Wavish, RN) was torpedoed and sunk on 24 August 1940 in the North Atlantic, south-west of Iceland in position 56º16'N, 27º19'W by U-37. 90 men went down with the ship, there were only 13 survivors which were picked up by the British merchants Fylingdale and Blairmore, the latter being torpedoed later that night by the same U-boat. Seven of the survivors had to abandon ship once again and this time they were picked up after some 17 hours by the Swedish merchant Eknaren and taken to Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Aug 1940 by U-37 (Oehrn).

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Commands listed for HMS Penzance (L 28)

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1Cdr. Allan John Wavish, RN16 May 193824 Aug 1940 (+)

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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