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