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HMS Westcott (D47)
HMS Westcott WWII IWM FL 22820.jpg
Westcott during World War II
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Westcott
Ordered: December 1916
Builder: Denny
Laid down: 30 March 1917
Launched: 14 February 1918
Commissioned: 12 April 1918
Decommissioned: 26 June 1945
Refit: Converted to long-range escort, 1943
Fate: Sold to BISCO and scrapped
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,100 tons
Length: 312 ft (95.1 m) length overall
300 ft (91.4 m) between perpendiculars
Beam: 29 ft 6 in (9.0 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m) standard
13 ft 11 in (4.2 m) maximum
Propulsion: 3 Yarrow type Water-tube boilers
Brown-Curtis steam turbines
2 shafts
27,000 shp (20,000 kW)
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Range: 320-370 tons oil, 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h), 900 nmi (1,700 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h)
Complement: 110

HMS Westcott (D47) was a Royal Navy Admiralty W class destroyer that served in the Second World War.

She was built by William Denny and Brothers at Dumbarton, Scotland, who laid her down in 1917 and launched her on 14 February 1918. She was commissioned on 12 April.[1] She was named after Captain George Blagdon Westcott, who was killed at the Battle of the Nile,[2]

In the Second World War Westcott served in an anti-submarine role and escorted numerous Atlantic and Malta convoys. On 16 January 1941, along with the Royal Navy tugs HMS Superman and HMS Tenacity, she rescued 143 survivors from SS Oropesa, which German submarine U-96 had torpedoed and sunk in the Western Approaches.[3]

In 1942 Westcott sank two submarines: U-581 and the Vichy French Actéon.[1][4]

The Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar aboard Westcott, 28 November 1945. Westcott had operated the device since 1941.

As a test platform, Westcott became the first vessel to be equipped with the Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar.[5] The navy had the destroyer converted into a long range escort in 1943. Withdrawn from service in June 1945, Westcott was sold to the British and Iron Steel Company (BISCO) to be scrapped the following year.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mason, Geoffrey B (2005). "HMS Westcott – V & W-class Destroyer". Chronologies of War Service of Royal Navy Warships. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  2. Thomas, David Arthur (1987). A Companion to the Royal Navy. London: Harrap. ISBN 0245545727. 
  3. Helgason, Guðmundur (1995–2013). "Oropesa". Ships hit by U-boats. Guðmundur Helgason. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  4. Helgason, Guðmundur (1995–2013). "HMS Westcott (D 47/I 47)". Allied Warships. Guðmundur Helgason. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  5. Ireland, Bernard (2003). Battle of the Atlantic. Leo Cooper. p. 97. ISBN 1844150011. 


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