Allied Warships

HMS Beagle (H 30)

Destroyer of the B class

HMS Beagle before World War Two

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 30 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Mar 1929 
Laid down11 Oct 1929 
Launched26 Sep 1930 
Commissioned9 Apr 1931 
End service 

HMS Beagle is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 15 January 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Beagle (H 30)

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1Lt. Royston Hollis Wright, RN27 Apr 1939Feb 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Richard Taylor White, DSO, RNFeb 194116 Feb 1942
3Cdr. Ralph Cyril Medley, RN16 Feb 19422 Mar 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Arthur Nichol Rowell, RN2 Mar 1943Apr 1943

5Lt.Cdr. Norman Robins Murch, RN4 May 1943Oct 1944
6Lt. Charles Douglas Theodore Williams, RNOct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Beagle include:

6 Feb 1940
HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) and HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) sail from Boulogne with the Prime Minister, War cabinet and Chief of Staff for Dover.

22 Jul 1940
HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) destroyed a German Junkers JU-87 by pom-pom fire.

13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940 the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN) and HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) bombard Cherbourg in a sweep through the Seine Bay.

3 Nov 1940
German U-boat U-99 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Casanare about 240 nautical miles west-southwest of Bloody Foreland in position 53°58'N, 14°13'W. HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) later picks up 54 survivors.

5 Nov 1940
HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) picks up 28 survivors from the British tanker Scottish Maiden that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 about 225 nautical miles west by south of Bloody Foreland in position 54°36'N, 14°23'W.

9 May 1945
HMS Beagle headed the liberation of Jersey.

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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