Original Royal Navy Ships Bell – HMS Silverton 1941
HMS Silverton was a RN Type II Hunt-class destroyer escort, used by the Polish Navy during World War II and renamed ORP Krakowiak.
Built December 1939 in the J. Samuel White Shipyard in Cowes.
Engraved crown top ships bell , with clanger , aged damage to the right hand rim.
Broad arrow stamped onto the back of the bell.
12in 30cm height x 12.5in 32cm mouth dia
1941 HMS Silverton was leased to the Polish Navy.she entered line service in convoy escort role in the North Atlantic. In December of that year she was among the ships to take part in the successful raid against a German naval outpost at Lofoten islands. Throughout the war she also patrolled the North Sea, often engaging in skirmishes with German torpedo boats. In 1943 she was moved to the Mediterranean, where she took part in, among others, the Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily, and later in the Dodecanese Campaign. Altogether, during the Second World War she covered over 146,000 nautical miles escorting 206 different convoys, including nine in the North Atlantic.
HMS Silverton downed three enemy planes, but the number of enemy vessels sunk is unclear.
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