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Warship Weeks

Port Talbot adopts HMS Wishart

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 Schofield’s article on ‘National Savings and Warship Weeks’.

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In February 1942 Wishart was adopted by Port Talbot, Glamorgan, after a successful Warships Week National Savings campaign.
Port Talbot's warship week took place between 7 and 14 February 1942, and 264,969 was raised.


Poster for Warships WweekAdvert for Warships WeekWestern Mail,
Wednesday, 4 February 1942

‘I am confident that the great nations now united against Hitler can win.  But I need ships, and I need them now.  Can I count on you?’  This message was sent by the first Lord of the Admiralty to the Mayor of Port Talbot (Alderman W. H. Vaughan) in connection with the borough’s week, which opens on Saturday.  The objective is 210,000 and the adoption of the destroyer HMS Wishart.

Western Mail,
Monday 16 February 1942

By Saturday 225,000 had been realised ensuring the adopting of HMS Wishart, the objective for which was 210,000.  The Mayor (Alderman W. H. Vaughan) expressed thanks to the citizens of the borough for the generous response, and said his faith in the small investor and the schoolchildren had been amply justified.  Larger investments were a further 10,000 from the Pearl Insurance Company, 2,000 from the Wesleyan and General Insurance Company, and 1,000 each from the Port Talbot Lodge of Rechabites, the Cwmavon Lodge of Rechabites, Swansea Press Ltd., and Mr. J. M. Smith Ltd.

Western Mail,
22 April 1942

Commander H. G. Scott, RN, commanding officer, HMS Wishart, has written to the Mayor of Port Talbot (Alderman W. H. Vaughan) expressing the pleasure of all onboard the ship being adopted by the town as a result of the recent successful Warship Week.  ‘We also hope for the opportunity to make you as proud of the ship of your choice as we are,’ wrote Commander Scott, who added that the destroyer had sailed 160,000 miles since the outbreak of war without ever having to stay in harbour for any mechanical breakdown.







I have been unable to find out why Wishart was adopted by Port Talbot or the links established between Wishart and the town.
Get in touch if you can help.



If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Wishart you should first obtain a copy of their service record
To find out how follow this link: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/servicerecords.html


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