HMS Edinburgh

Barents Sea,Europe

HMS Edinburgh was a Town class light cruiser laid down Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England for Royal Navy. She was launched in March 1938, and was commissioned in July 1939 and sent to Scapa Flow. She was extensively used as an escort after the outbreak of world war tow, and was refitted in March 1940. From December 1941 she was assigned protecting the Arctic convoys with lend-lease material shiiped to Murmansk. Under a journey from Murmansk to Iceland commanding the escorts of convoy QP-11, she was spotted 30.April 1942 by the German uboat U-456. Two torpedoes were fired which both hit her stern, where most of Edinburgh's cargo was stored, 4,5 tons of Soviet gold bars destined for UK as payment for war supplies. Edinburgh was still afloat and was taken under tow, returning to Murmansk. Two days later they were attacked by the three German destroyers Z-24, Z-25 and Hermann Schoemann. Edinburgh was again hit by a torpedo, this time mid ship, which sealed her fate. The German destroyer Hermann Schoemann was also severely damaged, and was scuttled by her own crew. Orders to abandon ship was given, and soon after HMS Foresight sunk her with a torpedo. The wreck was found in 1981 on a depth of approx 240 meters, and a salvage operation to retrieve the gold was launched. Including a second salvage expedition in 1986, only five gold bars remains on the wreck.

Former names:
HMS Edinburgh
613,6 x 64,9 x 22,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
10636 displ ( std )
( UK ) 1938
( UK )

72°N 35°E

Picture: HMS Edinburgh in 1941
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Public domain

Last updated: January 2021