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HMS Codrington (1929); Warship; Destroyer

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Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsCodrington (1929)

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Object ID SLR1493
Description Scale: 1:96. HMS ‘Codrington’ (1929) was an ‘A’-class destroyer, built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne. She proved to be a fast ship, reaching 37.7 knots during her six-hour full-power trials, but her gearing was noisy and had to be re-cut before final acceptance. She also had a large turning circle, making her less manoeuvrable. HMS ‘Codrington’ had an eventful but curtailed wartime career. She helped to evacuate Allied troops from the beaches at Dunkirk in 1940, successfully bringing home 5821 men. She also assisted in the evacuation of Le Havre transporting a further 11,000 men to safety. She was sunk in Dover harbour by German aircraft, moored alongside the depot ship ‘Sandhurst’, while having her boilers cleaned, on 27 July 1940. The model, displayed in a bespoke case, was made by Vice Admiral J. W. S. Dorling, while he was captain of HMS ‘Codrington’. He must have been closely acquainted with the actual ship judging by the close attention to detail.
Date made 1932-1935

Artist/Maker Dorling, J. W. S.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials pine; cotton; brass; lead; paint
Measurements Overall model and case: 463 x 1246 x 328 mm
  • HMS Codrington (1929); Warship; Destroyer (SLR1493)
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