Allied Warships

HMS Wivern (D 66)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 66 
ModShort range escort 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid down19 Aug 1918 
Launched16 Apr 1919 
Commissioned23 Dec 1919 
End service 

HMS Wivern is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 18 February 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Wivern (D 66)

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1Lt.Cdr. Walter Evershed, RN31 Jul 193917 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. William Charles Bushell, RN17 Jan 1940May 1940
3Lt. John Wychard Harbottle, RNMay 194026 Jun 1940
4Lt.Cdr. Michael Donston Capel Meyrick, RN26 Jun 1940early 1943
5Lt. John Malcolm Hay, RNearly 1943ca. mid 43

6Lt. Charles Courtney Anderson, RN26 Jun 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Wivern include:

5 Apr 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) and HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) both departed Portsmouth for Rosyth. They were escorted by HMS Wivern (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Bushell, RN). They joined northbound convoy FN 139 at 1530/6 until 2100/7 when both submarines were ordered to patrol off the Skagerrak and course was set accordingly. This passage then became HMS Severn's 5th war patrol.

[As there is no log available for this period and the patrol report does not give any position no map for this patrol can be displayed.] (1)

22 Jul 1940
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) departed Harwich for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the northern Dutch coast.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S and attack exercises were carried out with HMS Wivern (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, RN).

[No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed.] (2)

6 Feb 1942
HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Boadicea (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR) and later with HMS Wivern (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, RN) and HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR). (3)

20 Dec 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Gibraltar for Algiers. Upon departing A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Wivern (Cdr. M.D.C. Meyrick, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS Sturgeon during this passage see the map below.


22 Feb 1943
HMS Wivern was damaged by exploding depth charges from the sinking Canadian corvette HMCS Weyburn.

14 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-714 was sunk in the North Sea near the Firth of Forth, in position 55°57'N, 01°57'W, by depth charges from the South African frigate HMSAS Natal and the British destroyer HMS Wivern.

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/1878
  2. ADM 199/1828
  3. ADM 173/17319
  4. ADM 173/17582

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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