HMS Whirlwind


HMS Whirlwind was a W class destroyer laid down by Hawthorn Leslie & Company Ltd in Newcastle in July 1942. She was launched in August the following year, and was commissioned in the Eastern Fleet in Ceylon. She saw action in the Mediterranean before she sailed to Asian waters and participated in operations around Sumatra in 1944. After the war she was used as a training ship, and was rebuilt to a Type 15 Anti Submarine frigate in 1952. She was decommissioned in 1966 and rigged down and prepared as a target ship three years later. While she laid at anchor in Cardigan Bay after being extensively shelled, she foundered and sank 29. October 1974. The wreck rest today on her port side on a depth of 25 to 37 meter north of Cardigan in Wales.

Former names:
HMS Whirlwind
R 87
362,9 x 35,8 x 100 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1710 displ ( std )
Newcastle ( UK ) 1943
( UK )

52°16'47.0"N 4°40'41.0"W

Last updated: March 2021