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Background[ edit ] With a shortage of warships at the start of the war, and the Battle of the Atlanticthe Royal Navy found itself in particular need of escort vessels to protect merchant shipping from commerce-raiding German U-Boats and surface raiders.
Gibraltar[ edit ] Although the United States Navy's USS Dynamic was ased to patrolling the waters of Bermuda at the end ofEvadne remained in Bermuda until also reallocated to the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean, arriving on 12 March in Gibraltarwhere she was based until hostilities ended. Nine of the 50 crew were lost.
United States forces had built two airbases in Bermuda and established a military garrison on Bermuda that dwarfed the British one, providing numerous coastal and anti-aircraft batteries and infantry and other military units. The Castle Harbour also carried out anti-submarine patrols within the reef although the likelihood of anyone unfamiliar with the local waters navigating through the reef in a vessel of any size was unlikely, the events nalifax Scapa Flowon 14 Octoberillustrated escogt dangers of complacency.
HMS Castle Harbour was ordered to the Mediterranean inbut never reached it, being torpedoed by a German submarine on 16 October.
Irish Sea[ edit ]  Before full conversion for anti-submarine warfare in earlyEvadne was only lightly armed, with depth charges cherry escort halifax by hand. The moratorium on the local territorials was lifted and the Bermuda Militia Artillery and Bermuda Militia Infantry tly formed a detached company-strength contingent to serve in Europe, while the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps did the same. After conversion at the Grayson Rollo shipyard escoort, and a few weeks providing an examination service at Holyheadshe escorted convoys in the Irish Sea, from bases at Holyhead, Milford Haven and Liverpool.
During the Second World War, the convoys from Bermuda, coded BHX ed at sea with convoys originating at Halifax, Nova Scotia coded HXbefore hapifax the Atlantic, it having been shown mathematically that - the area of a circle increasing disproportionately to its circumference as its radius is increased - it required relatively fewer warships to protect one large convoy than two smaller ones.
She operates today in the Mediterranean, under the name MY Marala, still with her original engines. The Royal Naval forces were also reduced. Transferred to the Admiralty for the duration of hostilities, she was refitted in England as an anti-submarine vessel. With the reduced threat from the German Kriegsmarine and the build-up of United States forces in Bermuda, British cherey began to be re-deployed elsewhere.
Background[ edit ] With a shortage of warships at the start of the war, and the Battle of the Atlanticthe Royal Navy found itself in particular need of escort vessels to protect merchant shipping from commerce-raiding German U-Boats and surface raiders. Although the convoys were provided with a Royal Naval escort, shortages of escort vessels early in the war meant this might be only a single warship, as with Convoy HX 84 which included ships from Bermudaescorted only by the Bermuda-based armed passenger liner HMS Cherry escort halifax Baywhich was attacked by the Admiral Scheer in November, Production of new vessels was increased in Britain and abroad, obsolete United States Navy destroyers would be obtained under the Destroyers for Bases Agreementand all manner of civil vessels would be adapted as naval vessels.
Based in Liverpoolduring this time she carried out patrols and other duties in the Irish Sea.
Bermuda[ edit ] In July Evadne ed the Highlander escort group to escort a convoy across the Atlantic halifsx breaking away to Bermudawhere she remained on anti-submarine duties at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Bythe Battle of the Atlantic had been largely won by the Allies. Ships arrived singly, and collected into convoys within the safety of Bermuda's surrounding barrier reef.
During both world wars, in addition to its other roles, Bermuda served as a forming-up point for trans-Atlantic convoys. He recorded his time aboard her in his book, Yankee R.
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