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Keith at Tregenna
17th March 2012, 09:23 PM
SORRY SEEK INFO ON VANESSA:

Not strictly MN, but of interest.

Barry At War 1939 - 1945: H.MS. Vanessa This Vessel Was Adopted By Barry During World War II In 1942 She Sank The German U-Boat 357 In A Joint Action With H.M.S Hesperus.

Barry “bought a Spitfire” in 1943, but, following a successful “Warships Week” in December 1941, during which the town raised 214,000, “adopted” its very own fighting vessel – H.M.S Vanessa.

Would love to learn more.

K.

Keith at Tregenna
17th March 2012, 09:30 PM
Could memory be lost forever:

MY Towns past, trying to remember.

The main tribute to a Barry Dock real history on this, apparently is as attached; hope we can discover more. K.

The only real known mention of this local event:

ATTACHED:

K.

Keith at Tregenna
17th March 2012, 09:42 PM
Pics of a frame in the liberal Club, Barry Dock.

Someone remembered her ?

Her Name was Vanessa:

Recorded is:

Barry At War 1939 - 1945: H.MS. Vanessa This Vessel Was Adopted By Barry During World War II In 1942 She Sank The German U-Boat 357 In A Joint Action With H.M.S Hesperus.

Axis Historical Society - Barry Archive : Photos (http://barryachive.zoomshare.com/2.shtml/Barry%20At%20War%201939%20-%201945/pages/8)

Barry`s Destroyer.

During the Second World War, cities, towns and other organisations were encouraged to “adopt” elements of the fighting services.

Barry “bought a Spitfire” in 1943, but, following a successful “Warships Week” in December 1941, during which the town raised 214,000, “adopted” its very own fighting vessel – H.M.S Vanessa.
HMS Vanessa was a “V” Class destroyer in the 9th Order of the 1916-17 Programme from Beardmore and laid down on 10th May 1917. She was launched on 16th March 1918 and was the 1st major RN warship to carry this name, although it was used for a yacht hired in 1914 for patrol duties. Build was completed on 21st June 1918 but by December 1921 she had been placed in Reserve at Rosyth. After being brought forward in 1939 this destroyer joined the 17th Destroyer Flotilla for convoy defence.

She served in many campaigns, but after the war ended, was paid off and reduced to Reserve status after VJ Day. The ship remained in Reserve until placed on the Disposal List. She was sold to BISCO for breaking up on 4th March 1947 and towed to the breaker’s yard at Charlestown near Rosyth, where she arrived in February 1949.

For complete service history, campaign awards and the conveys she escorted see the Naval History web site: HMS Vanessa, destroyer (http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DD-09VW-Vanessa.htm)

Local Historian says:

It has been suggested that “HMS Cambria” (off Hayes Road) might be the current custodian of this plaque – given to the people of Barry in recognition of their fund raising during “Warship Week”. It would be a grand gesture to have it re-located in the foyer of the Memorial Hall, where the sacrifice of Barry people is commemorated and it can be fully appreciated.

Barry`s Destroyer barryatwar.info (http://barryatwar.info/the-second-world-war-2/barrys-war-fundraising/barrys-destroyer/)

HMS VANESSA (D 29) - V & W-class Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements
HMS Vanessa, destroyer (http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DD-09VW-Vanessa.htm)

Any info welcomed. esp who holds the then certificates awarded to a town, but apparently lost in time.

For follow up:

Local Historian says:

It has been suggested that “HMS Cambria” (off Hayes Road) might be the current custodian of this plaque – given to the people of Barry in recognition of their fund raising during “Warship Week”. It would be a grand gesture to have it re-located in the foyer of the Memorial Hall, where the sacrifice of Barry people is commemorated and it can be fully appreciated.

Working on this and more: K.

Barry`s Destroyer barryatwar.info (http://barryatwar.info/the-second-world-war-2/barrys-war-fundraising/barrys-destroyer/)

Keith at Tregenna
20th March 2012, 12:25 AM
Please see attached.

Had a few probs attaching this hence my deletions, seems OK now:

K.

Keith at Tregenna
11th April 2012, 02:55 PM
Barry At War 1939 - 1945: H.MS. Vanessa This Vessel Was Adopted By Barry During World War II In 1942 She Sank The German U-Boat 357 In A Joint Action With H.M.S Hesperus.

Barry “bought a Spitfire” in 1943, but, following a successful “Warships Week” in December 1941, during which the town raised 214,000, “adopted” its very own fighting vessel – H.M.S Vanessa.

The spitfire plaque has now been located:

Attached.

Seeking a similar plaque for Vanessa:

V-Class destroyer in the 9th Order of the 1916-17 Programme from Beardmore and laid down on l0th May 1917. She was launched on 16th March 1918 and was the 1st major RN warship to carry this name, although it was used for a yacht hired in 1914 for patrol duties. Build was completed on 21st June 1918 but by December 1921 she had been placed in Reserve at Rosyth. After being brought forward in 1939 this destroyer Joined the 17th Destroyer Flotilla for convoy defence. Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in December 1941 she was adopted by the civil community of Barry, Glamorgan.

K.