Return to Home Page


Pages viewed today - 658
Most pages viewed - 4,550
Photo Votes - 1,145,420
Last ship vote - Kent; Gd
Most votes in a day - 2,100
Votes today - 9
Users Online - 53

HMS Duke of York

King George V Class BB

Duke of York with Glasgow
Duke of York with Glasgow
Rate this photo

Votes902
score6.882
rank534

Duke of York replaced Prince of Wales in the Home Fleet at Scapa on completion. Shortly after joining she took the Prime Minister to the USA, then worked-up at Bermuda, returning to Scapa on 30 January 1942. During the next few months she provided distant cover for Russian convoys beginning with PQ12, then PQ13 in March and PQ14 in April. During the PQ15 operation she replaced the damaged King George V in the covering force, following the latter's collision with Punjabi. In June she was a part of the covering force for the ill-fated PQ17 and in September, for PQ18. In October 1942 she was transferred to Force H as Flagship and took part in the landings in North Africa. Relieved by Nelson on 15 November, Duke of York left for home, arriving at Scapa on 26 November. She was under refit at Rosyth from December 1942 to March 1943 when she rejoined the Home Fleet, becoming Flagship on 8 May 1943.

In October she covered a raid by the US carrier Ranger against shipping off Bodo, and towards the end of the year, she provided distant cover for JW55A and JW55B in the course of which, on 26 December, she engaged Scharnhorst which, with five destroyers, was attempting to locate and attack the convoys. The German ship, outgunned and without good radar, was sunk in this action. Duke of York fired 446 rounds of 14in and 686 round of 5.25in in an action lasting a little over three hours. After this she continued on to Kola Inlet, returning to Scapa on 1 January 1944. In March she acted as distant cover for JW58/RA58, and from 9 to 28 July covered a carrier raid against Tirpitz, followed by similar raids on 22, 24 and 29 August. In September Duke of York docked at Liverpool for refit in preparation for her transfer to the Eastern Fleet, which was not completed until March 1945. She did not arrive at Sydney until July 1945 where she hoisted the flag of the CinC and therefore saw no action in the Pacific, but was present at the official surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, thereafter being employed mainly on occupation duties. Duke of York relieved Anson at Hong Kong in December 1945 and left Hong Kong herself on 6 June 1946, arriving home on 11 July to go into refit at Devonport. This was completed in November when the ship joined the Home Fleet, remaining there until relieved by Implacable in April 1949, when she reduced to reserve. After a refit from April to July 1949, she served as Flagship, Reserve Fleet until relieved by the cruiser Dido on 2 September 1951. After a further refit at Cammell Laird September-November, she was towed from Birkenhead on 6 November 1951 to be transferred to the Clyde and laid up. On 30 April 1957 Duke of York was placed on the Disposal List, to be sold to Ship-breaking Industries, Faslane, on 18 February 1958 for scrapping.

Duke of York in 1942
Duke of York in 1942
Rate this photo

Votes603
score6.801
rank1,208

Duke of York
Duke of York
Rate this photo

Votes290
score6.014
rank1,839

Duke of York
Duke of York
Rate this photo

Votes248
score6.173
rank1,798

Duke of York
Duke of York
Rate this photo

Votes609
score6.823
rank1,092

Duke of York - nice pic
Duke of York - nice pic
Rate this photo

Votes889
score6.877
rank575

Duke of York in 1945 in the Pacific
Duke of York in 1945 in the Pacific
Rate this photo

Votes5,094
score6.940
rank207

Duke of York - most likely taken at the same time as the pic above
Duke of York - most likely taken at the same time as the pic above
Rate this photo

Votes1,331
score6.876
rank587

data-matched-content-rows-num="6" data-matched-content-columns-num="1" data-ad-format="autorelaxed"> data-matched-content-ui-type="image_sidebyside"