HMS Lincoln (G 42)
Destroyer of the Town class
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|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||12 Feb 1918|
|Launched||19 Jun 1918|
|Commissioned||23 Oct 1940|
|End service||26 Aug 1944|
USS Yarnall was one of the 50 overage destroyers chosen to be turned over to the Royal Navy in return for the right to establish American bases on British territory in the western hemisphere. She proceeded to St. John's, Newfoundland, where she was decommissioned by the United States Navy on 23 October 1940, and, that same day, the Royal Navy commissioned her as HMS Lincoln (G 42).
The veteran destroyer departed St. John's on 3 November and arrived in Belfast, Northern Island, on the 9th. Lincoln moved from there to Londonderry where she was assigned to the First Escort Group, Western Approaches Command. For almost a year she met troop transport and cargo convoys in midocean and escorted them into ports in the British Isles. Between September 1941 and February 1942, the destroyer was refitted at Woolwich, England. At the conclusion of that overhaul, she was turned over to an Norwegian crew serving as HNoMS Lincoln (G 42)
|Former name||USS Yarnall (DD 143)|
|Career notes||to Soviet Union as USSR Druznyj|
Commands listed for HMS Lincoln (G 42)
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|1||Cdr. Alan MacGregor Sheffield, RN||23 Oct 1940||Feb 1941|
|2||Lt. Ronald John Hanson, RN||Feb 1941||late 1941|
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Notable events involving Lincoln include:
6 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR), HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) and HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (1)
20 May 1941
At 21.24 hours on 20 May 1941, the British merchant Javanese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-138 155 nautical miles north-west of the Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. One crew member was lost. The master, 45 crew members, eight gunners and four passengers were picked up by the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt A.F. de Salis, RN), HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN) and the British rescue tug HMRT Assurance (Sub.Lt. E.E. Litts). All survivors were transferred to the British rescue ship Toward and landed at Gourock on 28 May.
- File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16782
- ADM 173/16783
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.