HMS Saumarez (G12)

Casualty List

Navy:

RN

Type:

Destroyer

Class:

S 

Pennant:

G 12 

Built by:

Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 

Laid down:

8 Sep, 1941 

Launched:

20 Nov, 1942 

Commissioned:

1 Jul, 1943 

History: This glorious ship ended her career over a mine in the Corf¨ strait, on 22 October 1946. The mines which heavily damaged the Saumarez had been secretly laid by Albanians, and this fact led to a crisis in the relationships between the two countries: we should note that we were at the opening of the Cold War. Among with the Saumarez, another destroyer got some trouble that day: the HMS Volage; first, she rammed the burning Saumarez in an attempt to save her crew; then she struck another mine, whose explosion torn off her bow. Howewer, she managed to reach Malta, where she was further repaired. A group of British minesweepers was sent to the area to clear the strait, and the dead sailors from the two destroyers now rests in the Corf¨'s cemetery. Saumarez was finally scrapped at Charlestown in October 1950. 

 

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