HMS Effingham

Nordland,Norway

HMS Effingham was a heavy cruiser of the Hawkins class and was the last of her class to be produced. Launched in 1921 she was modernized several times before the outbreak of the second world war.  In her service from the mid 1920s, she had served in India before she returned back to England, and service in the reserve fleet and thereafter for Home Fleet. In April 1940 she was ordered to set sail for Norway and support in operations there. At Narvik she supported 13 DBLE from the French Foreign Legion to make it ashore at Bjerkvik and the assault on German positions followed by transport troop. On her way to Bodø carrying Bren Gun carriers and soldiers, she hit ground and rips open her hull and partly sinks outside Faksen o the evening 7. May 1940. In the following weeks her cargo was salvaged and her armaments put out of action. 21.May she is put out of action for good by Royal Navy and abandoned. The wreck was salvaged and dismantled by the Norwegian company Høvding Skipsopphugging after the second world war, and today its just a big pile of junk left from her. The wreck debris rest on a depth of 3 to 20 meter.


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HMS Effingham
D 98
565,0 x 58,0 x 17,2 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
9750 displ Portsmouth ( UK ) 1925 ( UK )

67° 16' 59" N, 13° 57' 54" E

Picture: HMS Effingham
  Courtesy of Uboat.net