HMS Bramham (L51)

HMS Brahmam on the River Clyde, 1942 (IWM)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Bramham
Ordered: 4 September 1940
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons
Laid down: 7 April 1941
Launched: 29 January 1942
Commissioned: 16 June 1942
Decommissioned: March 1943
Identification: pennant number: L51

Transferred to Royal Hellenic Navy, March 1943.

Returned to Royal Navy, 12 November 1959
Status: Scrapped 1960
Name: Themistoklis
Namesake: Themistocles
Acquired: March 1943
Commissioned: 1943
Decommissioned: 1959
Struck: 12 November 1959
Fate: Returned to Royal Navy 1959
General characteristics
Class and type: Hunt-class destroyer

HMS Bramham (L51) was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down in Alexander Stephen and Sons shipyards Govan, Scotland on 7 April 1941. She was launched on 29 January 1942 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 16 June 1942. She has been the only Royal Navy warship to bear the name. She was adopted by the town of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire during the Warship Week savings campaign of 1942.

Royal Navy service

Bramham was one of two ships that returned to rescue the survivors of HMS Curacoa.[1]

In the following August she served in Operation Pedestal, a mission to deliver supplies to the besieged island of Malta, as an escorting destroyer. In the last stages of the operation Bramham along with two other destroyers, Ledbury and Penn took on the final tow of the tanker Ohio into Malta.[2]

Royal Hellenic Navy service

In March 1943 Bramham was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy and renamed Themistoklis after the ancient Greek philosopher Themistocles. She served until 1959 and was then returned to the Royal Navy on 12 November 1959. She was scrapped in Greece in 1960.[3]


  1. - Recollection of Edgar Wilson, Seaman serving on board HMS Curacoa, Imperial War Museum interview.
  3. Raymond V B Blackman (ed.). Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4,. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd,. p. 112.


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