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Washington's Adopted WWII Warship - HMS Sarabande

HMS Sarabande Sketch
[ Technical Drawing of Washington's Warship - posted by 'Mac' Mackay in his Navigation Québec Blog ]

HMS Sarabande Plaque
[ Photographed by James Gill, courtesy of Washington Galleries Library - 16 June 2015 ]

The above plaque, currently on public display in Washington Galleries Library, commemorates Washington's adoption of the Royal Navy Armoured Trawler, His Majesty's Ship Sarabande - pennant number T125.  Plaques were exchanged between Washington's representative Councillor William Haskett and Sarabande's Commander G. F. Bradshaw D.S.O. at a ceremony during 'Wings For Victory' Week in 1943.

WASHINGTON

EXITUS  •  ACTA  •  PROBAT
(The outcome justifies the deed.)

TO COMMEMORATE THE ADOPTION

of HMS SARABANDE

by the CITIZENS of the URBAN

DISTRICT of WASHINGTON

WARSHIP WEEK MARCH 1942

[ Plaque Inscription ]

 

Royal Navy Armoured Trawler - Dance Class

HMS Tango T146
HMS Sarabande's sister ship - Armoured Trawler HMS Tango (T146)

Duties included: Patrol, Convoy Escort,
Anti-Submarine Warfare and Mine-Sweeping.


HMS Sarabande

  • DETAILS
  •   Type:
  •   Class:
  •   Pennant:
  •   Propulsion:
  •   Tonnage:
  •   Length:
  •   Breadth:
  •   Draught:
  •   Built By:
  •   Ordered:
  •   Laid Down:
  •   Launched:
  •   Commissioned:
  •   End of Service:
  •   Scrapped:
  •  
  • ASW Trawler
  • Dance
  • T125
  • Steam
  • 300 Tons  (305 Tonnes)
  • 160ft 6in  (48.9 m)
  • 27ft 6in  (8.4 m)
  • 10ft 6in  (3.2 m)
  • A. & J. Inglis (Glasgow)
  • 9 September 1939
  • 5 March 1940
  • 29 August 1940
  • 2 January 1941
  • Sold in March 1946
  • 1968
  • MEN & ARMAMENTS
  •   Men:
  •   Depth Charges:
  •   Large Gun:
  •   Anti-aircraft Guns:
  •  
  • 40
  • 30
  • 4 inch  (100 mm)
  • 3 - 20 mm

 

Warship Week & 'Wings for Victory' Week
( Washington Raising Money for the War Effort )

Warship Week Programme
Washington's Warship Week - 1942

Wings for Victory Week
Washington's 'Wings for Victory' Week - 1943

On the 24th May 1941, the British Battleship HMS Hood sank in the Denmark Strait while engaging the German Battleship Bismark. This was arguably the most well known British naval disaster of World War II. As 1941 progressed, it became a very bad year for the Royal Navy - further losses included a significant number of major fighting ships as well as numerous smaller warships. Many sailors lost their lives when their ships went down. The men could be replaced by recruitment campaigns and volunteers, but money was needed to build and equip new warships.

In late 1941 and early 1942, the British Government organised a nationwide drive to encourage National Savings. Each area of the UK was allocated a savings target based on the size of its population. Warships were then assigned to each area according to the size of their savings target, with large cities being allocated major warships. Washington was allocated HMS Sarabande, an Armoured Trawler capable of anti-submarine warfare and mine-sweeping. As each area's target was met, their adopted ship's Commanding Officer would visit to exchange plaques, photographs, documents etc. with local representatives.

The number of warships adopted was over 1,200 and the money saved was effectively loaned, as War Bonds, to the Government for the duration of the war. This plan financed new ships and gave people throughout the UK their own 'personal' ship to look out for. Warship Week in Washington raised £57,000.

'Wings for Victory' Week - June 1943

Wings for Victory
Some of the events that took place during Washington's 'Wings For Victory' Week in June 1943.

[Another example of how prominently Washington Miners' Welfare Hall once figured in the lives of the local community.]

 

HMS Sarabande renamed Guard Mavoline

Guard Movoline
After the War,  HMS Sarabande was bought by a Canadian Salvage Company and renamed Guard Mavoline.
( This image of the Guard Mavoline was first posted by Harland & Wolff )

 

County Durham's Adopted Warships - WWII

  • TOWN / DISTRICT
  •  Barnard Castle
  •  Billingham
  •  Birtley & District
  •  Bishop Auckland
  •  Blaydon
  •  Boldon
  •  Chester-le-Street
  •  Consett
  •  Darlington
  •  Darlington RD
  •  Durham
  •  Ferryhill
  •  Gateshead
  •  Hartlepool
  •  Hetton-le-Hole
  •  Houghton-le-Spring
  •  Jarrow
  •  Lanchester
  •  North Easington
  •  Seaham
  •  Sedgefield RD
  •  Shildon
  •  South Easington
  •  South Shields
  •  Spennymoor
  •  Stanley UD
  •  Stockton-on-Tees
  •  Sunderland
  •  Washington
  •  Weardale RD
  •  West Hartlepool
  •  Whickham
  • WARSHIP
  • HMS Zetland
  • HMS Verbena
  • MTBs 14 & 75
  • HMS Gleaner
  • MTB 91
  • HMS Bownet
  • HMS Ruby
  • HMS Hydrandea
  • HMS Nizam
  • MTB 52
  • HMS Witherington
  • MTB 83
  • HMS Eskimo
  • HMS Ludlow
  • MTB 218
  • HMS Wellard
  • HMS Abelia
  • MTB 36
  • HMS Hawthorn
  • HMS Seaham
  • MTB 341
  • HMS Saon
  • MTB 38
  • HMS Chaplet
  • HMS Wolsey
  • HMS Anchusa
  • HMS Hurwood
  • HMS Delhi
  • HMS Sarabande
  • HMS Kingston Amber
  • HMS Wivern
  • MTB 50
  • TYPE
  • Type II Hunt Class Destroyer
  • Flower Class Corvette
  • Motor Torpedo Boats
  • Halcyon Class Minesweeper
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • Boom Defence Vessel
  • Trawler Anti-submarine Training
  • Flower Class Corvette
  • 'N' Class Destroyer
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • Admiralty Modified 'W' Class Destroyer
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • Tribal Class Destroyer
  • Type 7 Town Class Destroyer
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • Trawler Anti-submarine
  • Flower Class Corvette
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • Trawler - Minesweeper
  • Bangor Class Minesweeper
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • Trawler Anti-submarine
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • 'C' Class Destroyer
  • Thorneycroft 'V' & 'W' Class Destroyer
  • Flower Class Corvette
  • Type II Hunt Class Destroyer
  • 'D' Type Light Cruiser
  • Dance Class Armoured Trawler (Anti-sub)
  • Trawler Anti-submarine
  • Admiralty Modified 'W' Class Destroyer
  • Motor Torpedo Boat
  • WARSHIP WEEK
  • Mar 1942
  • Dec 1941
  • 18-25 Oct 1941
  • 14-21 Feb 1942
  • 31 Jan-7 Feb 1942
  • 15-22 Nov 1942
  • ...
  • ...
  • Feb 1942
  • ...
  • Feb 1942
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • 21-28 Feb 1942
  • 6-13 Dec 1941
  • 13-20 Dec 1941
  • ...
  • 17-24 Jan 1942
  • 7-14 Mar 1942
  • ...
  • 21-28 Feb 1942
  • 14-21 Feb 1942
  • 24-31 Jan 1942
  • Dec 1941
  • 14-21 Feb 1942
  • Mar 1942 & Oct 1943
  • 14-21 Feb 1942
  • 14-21 Mar 1942
  • ...
  • Mar 1942
  • 14-21 Jan 1942