Convoy Route Codes,
Operation Code Names
ATLANTIC COMMAND – SOUTH AFRICA
I (a). Chronological
1st January 1942
ENGADINE arrived Capetown at 0615 G.M.T.
M/S trawlers KENNET and MYRLAND arrived Capetown
2nd January 1942
MARGUERITE and HOLLYHOCK departed Capetown at 0500
G.M.T., to provide A/S cover for INDOMITABLE.
INDOMITABLE unberthed at 0700 G.M.T. and ranged
over D/G range. On completion departed at 1120 G.M.T.
for Aden, speed of
advance 22 knots.
DERBYSHIRE unbasined at Simonstown at 0900 G.M.T.
and anchored in Simon's Bay.
Whalecatchers SANTA and SATSA departed at 1722
G.M.T. from Capetown for Durban.
3rd January 1942
DERBYSHIRE departed Simon's Bay at 0703 G.M.T. to
rendezvous with RAMILLIES and Convoy W.S. 14 – speed of
advance 12 knots.
Whalecatchers SAKRA departed at 0857 G.M.T. from
Capetown for Durban.
4th January 1942
ENGADINE departed Capetown at 1708 G.M.T. for
MARGUERITE departed Capetown P.M. for A/S cover to
W.S. 14 Capetown portion.
CERES departed Durban at 1515 G.M.T. to rendezvous
with DERBYSHIRE and Durban portion of W.S. 14.
by Anson aircraft were carried out
the week under review as during
5th January 1942
RAMILLIES arrived Capetown at 0533 G.M.T.,
escorting Convoy W.S. 14 consisting of TROILUS, WARWICK
CASTLE, CITY OF
PRETORIA, EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA, HIGHLAND MONARCH, EMPIRE
EMPIRE CONDOR, EMPIRE CURLEW, EMPIRE EGRET, EMPIRE
ORIOLE, EMPIRE PEREGRINE,
ORESTES, CLAN CAMERON, EMPIRE PINTAIL.
H.M. Trawler GENERAL BIRDWOOD arrived Walvis Bay
ENGADINE and HURWORTH arrived Simonstown at 0615
Anson aircraft located and gave close A/S cover to
WS 14 from daylight until ships entered Table Bay, after
which time a
continuous A/S patrol of Table Bay approaches was
carried out until the convoy
ships were berthed.
6th January 1942
Cableship LADY DENISON PENDER arrived at Capetown
at 1000 G.M.T. from Mauritius.
GRAFF VAN VLAANDEREN and BURRA arrived Capetown at
1600 G.M.T. for Durban.
CORFU arrived at Durban at 1449 G.M.T. escorting
A.S.I.S. KHETI unbasined at 0530 G.M.T., at
Simonstown and departed at 0600 G.M.T. for Port
Elizabeth, speed of advance 9
no entry for
Wednesday, 7th January)
8th January 1942
S.S. MALANCHA arrived at Capetown at 0703 G.M.T. (n.b.
Diary says 0793 G.M.T.)
Convoy W.S. 14.
CERES, BRIDGEWATER, DERBYSHIRE arrived at Durban
0722 G.M.T. escorting convoy W.S.14 consisting of
DUCHESS OF ATHOLL, CAMERONIA,
ATHLONE CASTLE, STRATHALLAN, SCYTHIA, REINA DEL
PACIFICO, ESPERANCE BAY.
DERBYSHIRE departed Durban at 0818 G.M.T., not
having entered port, for Simonstown, speed of advance 15
A.S.I.S. KHETI arrived at Port Elizabeth at 0503
9th January 1942
RAMILLIES unberthed and went over D/B range, and
departed Capetown at 1130 G.M.T., escorting convoy W.S.
14 consisting of EMPIRE
ORIOLE, MALANCHA, EMPIRE PINTAIL, EMPIRE CONDOR, EMPIRE
CURLEW, EMPIRE EGRET,
EMPIRE WIDGEON, EMPIRE PEREGRINE, WARWICK CASTLE,
EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA,
HIGHLAND MONARCH, ORCADES, CITY OF PRETORIA.
TROILUS departed 1631 G.M.T. and CLAN CAMERON
departed 1647GTM to overtake W.S. 14.
HOLLYHOCK and VERBENA departed Capetown at 0724
G.M.T. to give A/S cover for RAMILLIES and Convoy W.S.
14 until 0500 G.M.T.
BEAUFORT sailed from Simonstown at 2308 G.M.T. for
Anson aircraft gave close A/S escort to convoy
14 from the time of unberthing at Capetown until dark.
10th January 1942
DORSETSHIRE arrived at Durban at 0759 G.M.T.
H.M. Trawler GENERAL BIRDWOOD departed Walvis Bay
at 1000 G.M.T. for Capetown.
S.S. ORESTES departed Capetown at 0700 G.M.T. to
overtake W.S. 14.
BEAUFORT arrived at Capetown at 0340 G.M.T. to
VERBENA and HOLLYHOCK arrived at Capetown at 1603
DERBYSHIRE arrived 1706 G.M.T. at Capetown.
MILFORD departed Simonstown at 1430 G.M.T., for
Freetown, speed of advance 13 knots.
11th January 1942
ROBERTS arrived Capetown at 0301 G.M.T., went over
the D.G. range and sailed at 0719 G.M.T. for Simonstown,
and arrived 1514 G.M.T.
DERBYSHIRE departed Capetown at 1218 G.M.T. for
Simonstown and arrived at 1836 G.M.T.
BURRA and GRAAF VAN VLAANDEREN arrived Durban at
ENGADINE departed Simonstown at 1652 G.M.T. for
Durban, speed of advance 13 knots.
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE unbasined at Capetown at 1700
G.M.T. and anchored in Table Bay.
A/S patrols and perimeter patrols were
out at all stations during the period under
12th January 1942
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE departed Capetown at 0015 G.M.T.
for Simonstown and arrived False Bay at 0700 G.M.T.
carried out sight,
direction and rangefinder tests and anchored at 0928
G.M.T. in Simon's Bay.
"LL" sweeper FIRMAMENT departed Durban at 1747
G.M.T. for Kilindini, speed of advance 9 knots.
HURWORTH unbasined at 1400 G.M.T. and anchored in
13th January 1942
HURWORTH departed Simon's Bay at 0102 G.M.T. for
HURWORTH arrived at Capetown at 0457 G.M.T. and
went over the D/G ranged and departed at 0713 G.M.T. for
Durban, speed of
advance 18 knots.
EMPIRE FULMAR arrived at Capetown at 0603 G.M.T.,
and went... (n.b. bottom this
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SULTAN HISAR arrived at Walvis
departed at 1420 G.M.T. to rejoin WORCESTERSHIRE at sea.
DORSETSHIRE departed Durban at 1154 G.M.T.
escorting convoy C.M. 25 consisting of MAURETANIA, ILE
DE FRANCE, DURBAN
CASTLE, DUCHESS OF ATHOLL, REINA DEL PACIFICO,
STRATHALLAN, ATHLONE CASTLE for
rendezvous at outer end of search channel with ORCADES
CORFU departed Durban at 1315 G.M.T. escorting
Durban portion of W.S. 14 consisting of NOVA SCOTIA,
THYSVILLE, ESPERANCE BAY,
DILWARA, DUNERA, CITY OF CANTERBURY, EMPIRE ORIOLE (n.b.
spelled Diary as EMPIRE ORIEL) to rendezvous at
the outer end
of searched channel with RAMILLIES and port of W.S. 14
Capetown. The whole then sailed
for position 8S, 42-30E, speed of advance 11 knots.
one Anson aircraft
departed for SW patrol to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
Bad weather prevented full A/S being given to the
Durban portion of W.S. 14 on leaving by Anson aircraft.
14th January 1942
EREBUS arrived at Capetown at 1012 G.M.T. and went
over the D/G range and then departed at 1254 G.M.T. for
Simonstown and arrived
ENGADINE arrived at Durban at 0733 G.M.T.
CERES escorting ANDES departed Durban at 1618
G.M.T. to overtake convoy W.S. 14 – H.T. ANDES replaced
H.T. DUCHESS OF
ATHOLL which returned to harbour with engine trouble.
DERBYSHIRE departed Simonstown at 0512 G.M.T. to
patrol an area from 40 degrees to 42 degrees South and
from 20 degrees to
21.50E to intercept Vichy French merchant ships and
15th January 1942
MAURITIUS arrived at Durban at 0503 G.M.T.,
escorting H.T. EMPRESS OF RUSSIA.
H.M.H.S. AMRA arrived at Durban at 0620 G.M.T.
HURWORTH arrived at Durban at 0654 G.M.T.
BRIDGEWATER departed Durban at 1048 G.M.T. for
ASTER departed Simonstown at 1110 G.M.T. for
HURWORTH departed Durban at 1420 G.M.T. for
Kilindini, speed of advance 13 knots.
MAURITIUS departed Durban at 1707 G.M.T. for
H.M. Trawler GENERAL BIRDWOOD arrived at 0815
G.M.T. at Capetown.
ASTER arrived at 1655 G.M.T. at Capetown.
Whale catcher SIGFRA departed Capetown at 1121
G.M.T., for East London.
16th January 1942
Cable ship LADY DENISON PENDER departed Capetown
SULTAN HISAR arrived Capetown at 0635 G.M.T., went
over D/G range and departed at 0844 G.M.T. for
Simonstown and arrived there at
ATHENE arrived at Capetown at 0649 G.M.T. and went
over D/G range before berthing.
WORCESTERSHIRE arrived at Capetown at 0903 G.M.T.
and departed at 1627 G.M.T. for Port Elizabeth after
going over D/G range,
speed of advance 12 knots.
17th January 1942
Whale catcher SIGFRA arrived at East London to be
taken in hand for conversion.
Cable ship LADY DENISON PENDER arrived at Capetown
EMPIRE FULMAR departed Capetown at 1520 G.M.T.,
Aden, speed of advance 17 knots.
MAURITIUS arrived at 0855 G.M.T. at Simonstown.
BRIDGEWATER arrived at 0800 G.M.T. at Simonstown.
ISLAY departed Port Elizabeth at 0425 G.M.T. for
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE 0500 G.M.T. D/F Calibration
in False Bay, 0900 G.M.T.
full calibre 6 inch shoot; 1306 G.M.T. departed False
Bay to patrol an area
from 40S to 42S and from 18 degrees...(n.b.
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CERES arrived at Durban at 0338 G.M.T.
CHITRAL and ALAUNIA arrived at Durban at 0827
WORCESTERSHIRE arrived at Port Elizabeth at 1008
patrols were carried out from all bases during the
19th January 1942
TULIP arrived at Capetown at 1149 G.M.T.
Whale catchers BUSEN IV, VIII, and IX arrived at
Capetown at 0617 G.M.T.
BURRA and GRAAF VAN VLAANDEREN departed Durban at
1541 G.M.T. for Kilindini, speed of advance 8 knots.
SULTAN HISAR unbasined at Simonstown at 0630
and anchored Simon's Bay and departed for Durban at 0850
G.M.T., speed of
advance 16.8 knots.
20th January 1942
ISLAY arrived at Durban at 0536 G.M.T.
CHITRAL departed Durban at 1647 G.M.T., escorting
Convoy C.M. 26 consisting of LLANDAFF CASTLE, PULASKI,
and ELIZABETHVILLE for
Mombasa, speed of advance 10.5 knots.
ATHENE unberthed at Capetown at 0500 G.M.T. and re
ranged over D/G range and then anchored in Table Bay.
21st January 1942
SULTAN HISAR arrived at Durban at 0945 G.M.T.
ATHENE departed Capetown at 0410 G.M.T., for Port
Louis, Mauritius, speed of advance 13 knots to 31-15S
and then 15 knots.
BEAUFORT departed Capetown at 0855 G.M.T. for
Durban calling at False Bay at 1400 G.M.T. for H.A.
practices at sleeve target.
Whale catchers BUSEN VIII and IV departed Capetown
at 1609 G.M.T.
ROBERTS unbasined at Simonstown at 0530 G.M.T. and
anchored in Simon's Bay.
INSIZWA, M.L. 1098, unbasined Simonstown at 0700
G.M.T., carried out gun trials, W/T trials; at 1200
G.M.T. swung for compass
adjustment, and returned to basin.
MAURITIUS departed Simonstown at 1820 G.M.T. for
Freetown, speed of advance 17 knots.
22nd January 1942
SULTAN HISAR departed Durban at 0703 G.M.T. for
Mombasa, speed of advance 15 knots.
INSIZWA, M.L. 1098, unbasined at 0900 G.M.T. for
A/S trials in False Bay and returned to Basin at 1400
ROBERTS D/F calibration and exercises as follows:
1200 G.M.T. 15 inch sub calibre firing at 2 Patt.VI
O.C. (1) 4 inch full calibre firings at 2 Patt VI
1300 G.M.T. 4 inch full calibre H/A firing at sleeve.
4). O.C. (3) pom pom and Oerlikon firing at
1900 G.M.T. 15 inch sub
calibre night practice at 2 Patt VI targets. 4
inch full calibre practice at 2 Patt. VI targets using
star shells. And departed for Durban at 2030 G.M.T.,
speed of advance 12
ENGADINE departed Durban 0800 G.M.T. for Aden,
speed of advance 13 ½ knots.
23rd January 1942
BEAUFORT arrived Durban at 1022 G.M.T.
INSIZWA, M.L. 1098, departed Simonstown and
out engine and speed trials and arrived Capetown at 1345
EREBUS 1100 G.M.T. unbasined and proceeded to
Bay 1400 G.M.T.; bombarded Rossouws Kop and on
completion anchored in Simon's
Port Elizabeth: Anson aircraft located and
escorted H.T. JOHANN VAN
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WORCESTERSHIRE departed Port Elizabeth at 1240
G.M.T. for Simonstown.
EREBUS carried out following exercises:
4 inch sub
calibre firing, 4 inch full calibre.
4 inch H.A.
Durban, speed of advance 8 knots.
U.S.S. LEONARD WOOD, JOSEPH DICKMAN, ORIZABA
F.F. Sloop SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA arrived Durban 1120
aircraft carried out patrols at all bases as
the previous periods.
26th January 1942
WORCESTERSHIRE arrived Simonstown at 0538 G.M.T.
Whale Catcher BUSEN VI departed Capetown at 1430
G.M.T. for Kilindini direct.
27th January 1942
ROBERTS arrived at Durban 1005 G.M.T.
H.M.H.S. AMRA departed Durban at 1239 G.M.T.
DERBYSHIRE departed patrol area at 1100 G.M.T. for
Durban, but was subsequently diverted to East London.
ASTER departed Capetown at 1448 G.M.T. for Durban
by inshore route, speed of advance 12 knots.
MARGUERITE departed Capetown at 0429 G.M.T. for
28th January 1942
INSIZWA, M.L. 1098, departed Capetown at 0608
G.M.T. by inshore route for Port Elizabeth, speed of
advance 10 knots.
Whale catcher SEMLA departed Capetown at 0805
G.M.T. for East London.
29th January 1942
EREBUS arrived at Durban at 0537 G.M.T.
30th January 1942
DERBYSHIRE arrived at East London at 1034 G.M.T.
INSIZWA, M.L. 1098, arrived at Port Elizabeth at
ASTER arrived Durban at 1235Z.
Capetown – one Anson aircraft departed for SW
patrol, landing at Alexander Bay for night and
proceeding to Walvis Bay and
Swakopmund the next day.
31st January 1942
0545 G.M.T., unbasined and anchored in Simon's
Bay. 0930 G.M.T. director test and compass
adjustment carried out. 2300
G.M.T. departed Simon's Bay for Capetown to range.
INSIZWA departed Port Elizabeth at 1300 G.M.T. for
ISLAY departed Durban at 0632 G.M.T. for Mombasa,
speed of advance 8.3 knots.
MARGUERITE arrived Durban at 1133 G.M.T.
EREBUS departed Durban at 0448 G.M.T. for Mombasa,
speed of advance 7 ½ knots.
Whale catcher SEMLA arrived at East London to be
taken in hand for repairs and alterations.
Chronological Operations Section.
1st February 1942
M.L. 1098 arrived East London at 0545 G.M.T.
HERMES arrived D.G. Range Cape Town 0455 G.M.T.
left Cape Town 0909 G.M.T. for False Bay. Carried out
full calibre practice
firing and sailed for Port Louis (Mauritius) at 1510
MARGUERITE departed Durban at 0426 G.M.T. for
Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban.
Routine patrols were carried out during
the week under review, but on a reduced scale at Durban
owing to the lack of
2nd February 1942
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE left patrol at dusk for Cape
Oiler BRITISH JUSTICE arrived Simonstown to
discharge 11,000 tons of furnace and diesel oil.
Capetown – Anson aircraft returned from the
Route S.W. patrol with nothing to
3rd February 1942
H.M.A.S. NORMAN arrived Simonstown 0720 G.M.T.
WORCESTERSHIRE undocked at Simonstown and sailed
for Cape Town at 1356 G.M.T.
DERBYSHIRE departed East London at 0514 G.M.T. for
rendezvous with S.S. ORDUNA at the outer end of Durban
M.L. 1098 departed East London at 0610 G.M.T. for
Cable ship LADY DENISON PENDER departed Cape Town
at 0547 G.M.T.
4th February 1942
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE arrived Capetown at 0430 G.M.T.
WORCESTERSHIRE arrived Cape Town at 0835 G.M.T.
VERBENA departed Cape Town at 0437 G.M.T. for
U.S. Transports J.T. DICKMAN, LEONARD WOOD,
departed Cape Town at 0944 G.M.T. for rendezvous with
U.S. escort and thence to
Bahia, Trinidad, and New York.
DERBYSHIRE at end of Durban searched channel at
1000 G.M.T. to rendezvous with S.S. ORDUNA and proceed
to Cape Town.
ILEX departed Durban at 0834 G.M.T. for
H.N.M.S. JACOB VAN HEEMSKERCK arrived Simonstown
5th February 1942
M.L. 1098 arrived Durban at 0247 G.M.T.
HOLLYHOCK departed Cape Town at 0632 G.M.T. for
WORCESTERSHIRE departed Cape Town at 0928 G.M.T.
for exercises in False Bay and returned to Cape Town on
H.M.S.A.S. BLUFF escorting S.S. CARSO (Italian
prize) departed East London at 0520 G.M.T. for Cape
Oiler BRITISH JUSTICE departed Simonstown.
6th February 1942
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H.M.S. WORCESTERSHIRE arrived Cape Town at 0529
H.M.S. ALAUNIA departed Durban at 0646 G.M.T.
7th February 1942
H.M.S. ASCANIA departed Cape Town at 0517 G.M.T.
for Port Elizabeth
H.M.S. A.S.I.S. BOURNONNAIS departed Cape Town at
H.M.S. KENNET and H.M.S. ST MINIVER departed Cape
Town at 1407 G.M.T.> to Durban.
H.M.S. TULIP departed Capetown at 0932 G.M.T. for
H.M.S. ROBERTS departed Durban at 1645 for
H.M.S. ILEX arrived Simonstown at 1146 G.M.T.
8th February 1942
H.M.S. HOLLYHOCK arrived Duran 0752 G.M.T.
H.M.S. HOLLYHOCK departed Durban at 1615 G.M.T.
H.M.S. ASTER and H.M.S. VERBENA departed Durban in
company for Mauritius at 0914 G.M.T.
F.F. Sloop SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA departed Durban at
1208 G.M.T. for Simonstown.
H.M.S. JAY (Controlled minelayer) arrived Walvis
Bay at 1030 G.M.T.
H.M.S. DERBYSHIRE escorting H.M.T. ORDUNA departed
Capetown at 1601 G.M.T. for Freetown.
H.M.S. ASCANIA arrived Port Elizabeth at 1441
At Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth routine
patrols were carried out during the period under review.
9th February 1942
H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE, H.M.S. WORCESTERSHIRE
departed Cape Town in company at 0615 G.M.T. to
rendezvous with Convoy W.S. 15
at 1600 G.M.T.
H.M.S. CHESHIRE left Convoy W.S. 15 on relief by
H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE and WORCESTERSHIRE and proceeded
to Cape Town.
H.M.S. RESOLUTION arrived Cape Town 1443 G.M.T.
(flying Flag of V.A. 3).
At Cape Town.
One Anson carried out A/S patrol to cover H.M.S.
RESOLUTION from 0600
G.M.T. until she docked.
H.M.S. TULIP arrived Durban 0720 G.M.T.
H.N.M.S. JACOB VAN HEEMSKERCK departed Simonstown
at 0830 G.M.T. for Durban.
H.M.S. DEMIR HISAR arrived Table Bay at 0527
and departed 0610 for Simonstown.
Arrived Simonstown 0855 G.M.T.
H.M.S. RESOLUTION departed Cape Town at 0512
H.M.S. JAY departed Walvis Bay at 1440 G.M.T. for
H.M.S. CHESHIRE escorting portion of W.S. 15
consisting of PASTEUR, LACONIA, ORONTES, DORSET,
ELIZABETH BAKKE, And H.N.M.S.
COLOMBIA arrived Cape Town at 0539 G.M.T.
Anson aircraft carried A/S cover to H.M.S. RESOLUTION
until 1215 G.M.T.
Anson aircraft carried A/S to convoy W.S. 15 from
daylight until ships
11th January 1942
H.M.S. TULIP departed Durban 1322 G.M.T. for
F.F. SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA arrived Simonstown at
H.M.S. ILEX departed Simonstown at 0614 G.M.T. for
D/G ranging at Table Bay and departed Table Bay at 1400
G.M.T. for Freetown.
H.M.S. NORMAN ordered to proceed to Durban,
of Mauritius, for escorting of Convoy W.S. 15.
12th February 1942
H.N.M.S. JACOB VAN HEEMSKERCK arrived Durban at
0708 G.M.T. sailed 1650 G.M.T. for Seychelles.
H.M.S. KENNET and H.M.S. ST MINVER arrived Durban
at 1621 G.M.T.
H.M.S. DEMIR HISAR departed Simonstown at 0723
G.M.T. for D.G. Range in Table Bay and entered dry dock
in Cape Town at 1600
H.M.S. MAPLE and H.M.S. REDWOOD departed Cape Town
at 1235 G.M.T. in company for Durban.
13th February 1942
H.M.S. NORMAN arrived Durban at 0638 G.M.T.
H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE, WORCESTERSHIRE, and
MILFORD escorting portion of Convoy W.S. 15 arrived
Durban at 0630 G.M.T.
Ships in convoy ARAWA, STIRLING CASTLE,
OTRANTO, BRITANNIC, STAFFORDSHIRE, PORT CHALMERS,
CHRISTIAN HUYGENS. VICEROY OF INDIA, EMPIRE WOODLARK,
LETITIA, MELBOURNE STAR,
H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE parted company with Convoy
at the outer end of Durban searched channel and
proceeded at 0635 G.M.T. for
H.M.S. MILFORD departed Durban at 1625 G.M.T. for
F.F. SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA departed Simonstown at
1300 G.M.T. for Pointe Noire.
H.M.S. MAPLE and H.M.S. REDWOOD arrived Cape Town
0450 G.M.T. (returned with engine breakdown in MAPLE.)
Anson aircraft gave close A/S screen to W.S. 15 from
ships had entered harbour.
14th February 1942
H.M.S. CHESHIRE escorting portion of Convoy W.S.
consisting of ORONTES, LACONIA, DORSET, PASTEUR, and
N.H.M.S. COLOMBIA departed
Cape Town at 0830 G.M.T. for rendezvous with main
portion of Convoy W.S. 15 at
end of Durban Searched Channel.
15th February 1942
H.M. Trawlers REDWOOD and MAPLE departed Cape Town
0545 G.M.T. for Durban.
Beaufort aircraft took part in the routine patrol from
Cape Town working
in conjunction with Anson aircraft.
Routine patrols were carried out.
Patrols had to be reduced owing to lack of serviceable
Port Elizabeth: During the week under review
patrols were carried out by
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H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE arrived Simonstown 0612
H.M.S. MILFORD arrived Simonstown 0805 G.M.T.
IN addition to the usual patrols one Anson aircraft
carried out a search
80 miles south of Cape Agulhas to investigate and
endeavour to confirm the
report of six large icebergs seen by a passing merchant
ship in this
vicinity. Though visibility was
good, nothing was sighted.
17th February 1942
H.M.S. CHESHIRE escorting Cape Town portion of
Convoy W.S. 15 consisting of H.N.M.S. COLOMBIA, PASTEUR,
DORSET. R.V. at 1200 G.M.T. with
Durban portion at outer and Durban searched Channel.
H.M.S. WORCESTERSHIRE, NORMAN, CERES escorting
portion of W.S. 15 consisting of CHRISTIAN HUYGENS,
STRATHNAVER, VICEROY OF
INDIA, EMPIRE WOODLARK, STAFFORDSHIRE, PORT CHALMERS,
CASTLE, STRATHMORE, OTRANTO, BRITANNIC, PARDO, MELBOURNE
STAR, and AUTOLYCUS
departed Durban 1022 G.M.T.
1400 G.M.T. H.M.S. CHESHIRE left Convoy W.S. 15
proceeded for East London.
One Anson aircraft left for the routine West Coast
Aircraft were employed on giving close A/S cover to W.S.
15 on leaving
Durban in most unfavourable weather conditions.
18th February 1942
H.M.S. CHESHIRE arrived East London 0829 G.M.T.
H.M.S. CARTHAGE escorting H.M.T. REINA DEL
arrived Durban 0557 G.M.T.
H.M.S. MYRLAND departed Cape Town for Durban 0946
F.F. Sloop LA MOQUEUSE arrived Cape Town 0423
F.F. Sloop LA MOQUEUSE departed Capetown for
Simonstown 1750 G.M.T.
Patrols were again reduced to the small number of
19th February 1942
H.M.S. BRIDGEWATER unbasined at Simonstown at 0530
G.M.T. and after compass adjustment and M.C. and D.C.
trials departed at 0850
G.M.T. for Capetown. Arrived
Capetown 1316 G.M.T. ranged and sailed for Freetown at
F.F. Sloop LA MOQUEUSE arrived Simonstown 0714
G.M.T. and docked.
H.M.S. ASCANIA sailed from Port Elizabeth at 1013
G.M.T. for Mauritius.
Canadian tug BANSHEE arrived Cape Town 0935 G.M.T.
20th February 1942
H.M.B.D.V. BARFOAM arrived Walvis Bay 1350 G.M.T.
H.M.B.D.V. BARCLOSE arrived Walvis Bay 1355 G.M.T.
H.M.S. SOUTHERN GEM arrived Capetown 1047 G.M.T.
H.M.M.L. 1098 and 1086 sailed 0828 G.M.T. from
Durban for Mombasa.
Anson aircraft returned to Cape Town from routine S.W.
Patrol. The pilot had nothing to report.
21st February 1942
U.S.S.R. Icebreaker A. MIKOJAN arrived Durban 0735
H.M.S. REDWOOD arrived Durban 0947 G.M.T.
Anson aircraft located EMPIRE STOUR south of Cape
Agulhas and directed
Tug ST DOGMAEL to her assistance.
Cape Town tug WATERMEYER and also directed to this ship
which was taken
in tow and brought into Simon's Bay.
22nd February 1942
S.S. EMPIRE STOUR after engine breakdown in the
vicinity of Cape Agulhas arrived Simonstown in tow of
tug WATERMEYER assisted
by Tug St DOGMAEL.
H.M.S. MAPLE arrived Durban at 0403 G.M.T.
Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth.
Routine patrols were carried out during
the period under review.
23rd February 1942
H.M.S. ALAUNIA escorting H.T. HIGHLAND MONARCH
arrived Durban at 1324 G.M.T.
H.M.S. CHESHIRE departed East London at 1030
for patrol in vicinity of 41-00S, 20-00E.
H.M.S. MYRLAND arrived Durban at 0530 G.M.T.
24th February 1942
H.M.S. REVENGE arrived Durban at 0801 G.M.T.
H.M.S. MYRLAND departed Durban at 1904 G.M.T. for
H.M.S. DEMIR HISAR departed Cape at 1017 G.M.T.
exercises, including day and night sub calibre firings
in False Bay, and
anchored in Simons Bay at 2112 G.M.T.
25th February 1942
H.M.S. DEMIR HISAR departed Simons Bay at 1200
G.M.T. for full calibre shoot in False Bay followed by
A/A practice and night
encounter and anchored in Simons Bay on completion.
H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE departed Simonstown at
G.M.T. and arrived Cape Town at 2138 G.M.T.
26th February 1942
H.M.S. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE departed Cape Town at 0928
G.M.T. for patrol in vicinity of 41-00S, 20-00E.
S.S. EMPIRE STOUR after repairs in Simonstown
departed at 1040 G.M.T. for Karachi.
H.M.S. DEMIR HISAR departed Simons Bay for Durban
at 1016 G.M.T.
The Beaufort aircraft which carried out the Perimeter
Patrol taking off
at 1400 G.M.T. reported her position at 1550
G.M.T. After this signal nothing else was heard
aircraft. On being reported overdue,
air searches were carried out until midnight and H.M.S.
DEMIR HISAR was asked
to carry out a search in the area.
It is considered the aircraft came down in the sea due
to engine failure
and that the crew were lost.
27th February 1942
H.M.S. REDWOOD, MAPLE, KENNET, ST MINVER departed
Durban at 1634 G.M.T. for Mombasa.
Both Anson and Beaufort aircraft conducted searched for
Beaufort throughout the day with negative results.
Five Beaufort aircraft arrived from Durban from Cape
Town for the
28th February 1942
H.M.S. DEMIR HISAR arrived Durban at 1322 G.M.T.
H.M.S. DAYBREAK departed Cape Town at 1517 G.M.T.