HMS Rother

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
HMS Rother
Vessel Type: 
Draught For'd: 
8' 0"
Draught Aft: 
11' 0"
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Original Builder: 
Smith's Dockyard Coy Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
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Twin-Screw River-Class Patrol Frigate for the Royal Navy                                 Pennant No. K 224
11-02-1941  :  Ordered
26-06-1941  :  Laid Down
20-11-1941  :  Launched
03-04-1942  :  Completed
Tonnages  :   1,370 / 1,830 tons
Dimensions  :   91.8 metres  x  11.1 metres
Propulsion  :  Twin Triple-Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engines giving a vessel speed of 20 knots
Armaments  :  2 x QF 4" Mk. XIX Guns  :  10 x QF 20mm Oerlikon AA Guns  :  1 x Hedgehog + 15 D/C
12 Jul 1942
HMS Rother (Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR) picked up 3 survivors from the British merchant vessel 'Port Hunter' that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-582 west-south-west of Madeira.
23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943, the 40th Escort Group, consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.
25 August 1943
On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group, consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group.
While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's, with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"), designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS
HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.
Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew.


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