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H.M.S Rochester

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:19 am
by JanGroen
Good day
I am trying to find out a bit more about this coat of arms. It is the arms for the town Rochester but the H.M.S Rochester was a ship. It is on the front of a silver pill box.

Dankie
Jannie

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Re: H.M.S Rochester

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:54 pm
by AG2012
Hi,
Common form of Royal Navy badges.
Compare with 1930s H.M.S.Rochester silver and enamel sweetheart bar pin brooch.
Regards

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Re: H.M.S Rochester

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:09 pm
by JanGroen
AG2012 wrote:Hi,
Common form of Royal Navy badges.
Compare with 1930s H.M.S.Rochester silver and enamel sweetheart bar pin brooch.
Regards

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Thank you. Yes this is exactly the same design.

Groete
Jannie

Re: H.M.S Rochester

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:50 am
by Waylander
The 1930's dating relates to the 4th ship of the Royal Navy with that designation. Some information, for the sake of completeness (credit to Wikipedia but the information has been abbreviated):

[i]MS Rochester (L50) was a Shoreham-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War and was a successful anti-submarine warfare vessel, being credited with the destruction of five U-boats.

Rochester was ordered on 4 December 1929 under the 1929 Building Programme from HM Dockyard at Chatham, Kent. She was laid down on 24 November 1930, launched 16 July 1931, and completed 24 March 1932. Designed as a general-purpose vessel, Rochester served on the South Atlantic and East Indies stations on patrol and contraband control until the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939.....

At the outbreak of the Second World War Rochester returned to the UK for refitting, and in March 1940 was deployed to convoy escort in the Western Approaches. In July 1940 she assisted in the destruction of U-26, which was attacking convoy OA 175......

In May 1941, while escorting convoy OB 318 with 7th Escort Group, Rochester and two others attacked and damaged U-94, forcing her to break off the attack and retire...After a further refit Rochester was assigned to 37 EG, deployed as convoy escort on the Gibraltar and South Atlantic routes. In October 1941 while with convoy HG 75 Rochester, with corvette Mallow, took part in the destruction of U-204.

In February 1942, with 43 EG escorting convoy OS 18, Rochester and corvette Tamarisk intercepted U-82 in transit from US East Coast and destroyed her. In July 1942, while with OS 35, Rochester took part in the destruction of U-213. In the autumn of 1942 Rochester was part of the naval force for Operation Torch.

In July 1943 Rochester, with OS 51 as part of 39 EG took part in the destruction of U-135. In October 1943 Rochester and 39 EG, escorting convoy SL 138/MKS 28, were involved in a five-day battle with Schill U-boat group resulting in the loss of one ship sunk and one U-boat destroyed.

In summer 1944 Rochester was involved in Operation Neptune, the naval component of the Normandy landings. In June 1944 she was in action with a U-boat in the English Channel. The U-boat (possibly U-988) escaped, though corvette Pink was damaged. In November 1944 Rochester went for final refit, decommissioning as an escort vessel and re-equipping as a training ship. In March 1945 she joined the establishment of HMS Dryad, the navigation school at Portsmouth. In September 1949 Rochester was decommissioned for the final time and in January 1951 was sold for scrap.[/i]

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Re: H.M.S Rochester

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:38 pm
by nobilityhouse
The city of Rochester arms have a lion passant or in chief and a mural crown. The Rochester arms are unusual for the inclusion of a letter of the alphabet. The lion recalls that Rochester was originally a royal borough. The arms for the ship, without the lion and with a naval crown are taken in honor of the city. Kind regards.