Below is some genealogy information on the Esk, a ship from the Royal Navy, that may help searches for military ancestors.
Theatres of War, Army Regiments, Naval Detachments, RAF
French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Description: The first ship to bear the name HMS Esk was a 20-gun post ship launched in 1813.
Pax Britannica (1815-1895)
Description: She was sold in 1829.
The second ship to bear the name HMS Esk was a wooden screw corvette launched in 1854. She was broken up in 1870.
- 1854-1856: Captain Thomas Francis Birch.
- 1856-1861: Captain Robert John le Mesurier McClure.
- 1863-1864: Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton.
- 1864-1867: Captain John Proctor Luce.
The third ship to bear this name was a 3-gun iron screw gunboat launched in 1877.
Description: She was sold in 1903.
The fourth ship to bear this name was a tender transferred from the War Department in 1905.
Description: She was sold in 1920.
The fifth ship to bear the name HMS Esk was a destroyer launched in 1934.
World War Two
Description: She was involved in the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940, rescuing over 3900 allies. In 1940 she assisted in the mining of the German submarine U-44 (with HMS Express, HMS Icarus and HMS Impulsive) and the German minesweepers M 61, M 89 and M 136 (with HMS Express, HMS Ivanhoe, HMS Princess Victoria and HMS Intrepid). She was sunk in 1940 after hitting a mine, losing 127 hands.
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