Warship Weeks

Whitby adopts HMS Whitshed

Warships Week 7 - 14 February 1942

Between October 1941 and the end of March 1942, Warships Weeks were organised in cities, towns and villages throughout Great Britain.  The intention was to raise a sum by investment or deposit in all types of war savings representing the cost of building one of His Majesty’s ships ranging from the smallest to the largest vessels.  Once the target had been raised the community adopted the vessel along with its crew and the bond was strengthened by presentations in recognition of the money raised. Adoption plaques were presented by the Admiralty to the community and a plaque presented by the community to the adopted vessel. Links were maintained by the writing of letters and the provision of comforts and whenever possible visits were arranged to the adopting area. Most of the V&W Class destroyers in commission with the Royal Navy were adopted during the Warship Week scheme and in a number of cases local sea cadet units later took the name of the ship. To find more about Warship Weeks see Peter’s article ‘National Savings and Warship Weeks’.


Whitby's Warship Week,  7 - 14 February 1942, raised 315,169 which worked out at 14 14s 9d per person. The Admiralty presented two adoption plaques, one to the Urban District Council and the other to the Rural District Council, which explains why two councillors are mentioned in this short report in the Newcastle Journal.  A presentation plaque was also presented to the ship which may have been returned to Whitby after the war.

Whitby's Warship

Following Warship Week in Whitby and district in February, commemoration plaques were exchanged between representatives of the Admiralty, Commander R.H.B.H. Chambers RN, and the chairmen of the Whitby Urban and Rural Council Messrs. Henry Taylor and Robert Smailes.  The district adopted the destroyer Whitshed and the adoption ceremony took place at the Art Gallery, Whitby yesterday, when Commander Chambers presented replica badges of the Whitshed to the chairman of the two Councils.  A plaque bearing the arms of Whitby was presented to Commander Chambers by Mr. Taylor.

Newcastle Journal, Thursday, 23 July 1942

At present nothing further is known about the links between Whitby and its warship. Please get in touch if you have further details or photographs.

If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Whitshed you should first obtain a copy of their service record
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