Monday, March 16, 2015

HMS Mohawk (F31)

HMS Mohawk (L-31/F-31/G-31) was a Tribal-class destroyer laid down by John I. Thornycroft and Company at Woolston, Hampshire on 16 July 1936, launched on 5 October 1937 and commissioned on 7 September 1938. Mohawk served on convoy duties in the North Sea, and with the 14th Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean where she participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. Mohawk was struck by two torpedoes fired by the Italian Navigatori-class destroyer Tarigo as she attacked an Italian convoy and sank off the Kerkennah Islands in eastern Tunisia on 16 April 1941 with the loss of 43 of her crew.


HMS Mohawk (F31)

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German submarine U-101 (1940)

German submarine U-101 was a Type VIIB U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. She had a highly successful career.

§Construction and commissioning

U-101 was ordered on 15 December 1937 and laid down on 31 March 1939 at Germaniawerft, Kiel, becoming 'Werk 595'. She was launched on 13 January 1940 and commissioned under her first commander Kapitänleutnant Fritz Frauenheim on 23 September of that year. Frauenheim commanded her for her work-up with the 7th U-boat Flotilla between 11 March and 18 November 1940. She then became a front (operational) boat, also with the 7th Flottilla and set out from Kiel to Trondheim in Norway on her first war patrol on 28 April 1940 in the North Sea.

§Early patrols

§Based at Kiel

Her first patrol took her to Trondhe

USS Mason (DD-191)

USS Mason (DD-191) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II. She was later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Broadwater (H81).

§As USS Mason

USS Mason (DD-191)

The first Navy ship named for Secretary of the Navy John Y. Mason (1799â€"1859), Mason was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, 10 July 1918; launched 8 March 1919; sponsored by Miss Mary Mason Williams, great-granddaughter of Secretary Mason and commissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard 28 February 1920, Lieutenant Carl F. Holden temporarily in command until Lieutenant Commander Hartwell C. Davis took command 8 Ma

German submarine U-136 (1941)

German submarine U-136 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down at the Vulkan-Vegesackerwerft in Bremen on 2 October 1940 as yard number 15, launched on 5 July 1941 and commissioned on 30 August with Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Zimmermann in command.

Her service career began with the commencement of crew training with the 6th U-boat Flotilla on her commissioning date. She became operational on 1 January 1942, also with the 6th flotilla.

She sank five ships, with a total of 23,649 GRT and two warships totalling 1,850 tons. She also damaged one ship of 8,955 GRT.

§Operational career

§1st Patrol

Her first patrol was unusual in that it was divided into three parts. Part one saw the boat depart Kiel on 22 January 1942 and arrive at Kristiansand in Norway on the 24th. Part tw

MV Empire Comet

Empire Comet was a 6,914 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1940 by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was torpedoed and sunk by U-136 in June 1941.


Empire Comet was built by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow as yard number 941. She was launched on 21 November 1940, and completed in January 1941.

Empire Comet was 432 feet 7 inches (131.85 m) long, with a beam of 56 feet 2 inches (17.12 m) and a depth of 34 feet 3 inches (10.44 m). She had a GRT of 6,914 and a NRT of 4,162.Empire Comet was propelled by a 4-stroke Single Cycle Single Acting diesel engine, which had eight cylinders of 29 1⁄8 inches (74 cm) diameter by 591⁄16 (151 cm) stroke. The engine was built by J G Kincaid & Co Ltd, Greenock.