Atlantic ship is identified

HMS Sabre
HMS Sabre
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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Tom White has revealed the identity of the ship in this picture, published last month, as she ploughed through enormous seas in the north Atlantic in 1942.

It was the destroyer HMS Sabre and he has sent this second photograph taken while he was serving in her on convoy duties.

Towering waves in the north Atlantic in 1942 in the unnamed ship that has now be identified as HMS Sabre, inset

Towering waves in the north Atlantic in 1942 in the unnamed ship that has now be identified as HMS Sabre, inset

Tom, of Southways, Stubbington, Fareham, particularly points out the open bridge which offered no protection from the bitter weather.

He said: ‘I am reminded that it is now the 70th anniversary of the start of the Russian convoys and realise that we must have escorted the very first of these.

‘Our task was to escort them as far as Hvalfjord, Iceland, so we didn’t quite qualify for the Arctic Star though it was quite chilly up there, but not nearly as bad or hazardous as further on.’

He wonders how many still remember these S-Class destroyers which worked from Londonderry between 1941 and 1943.