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International expedition found the bell destroyer ORP "Kujawiak"

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INTERNATIONAL expedition Society Expeditions Wrecks and Reefs found the ship's bell Polish escort destroyer ORP "Kujawiak", which 74 years ago, sank off the coast of Malta. After obtaining the appropriate permits bell destroyer is to be excavated and will go to the Maritime Museum Birgu (Vittoriosa) Malta.

 

ORP "Kujawiak" was a British destroyer escort type Hunt II. May 30, 1941. Was handed over by the Royal Navy Polish Navy. Destroyer escorts were smaller, had a lower displacement, and were less armed than conventional destroyers. Were intended primarily to perform combat tasks in the service of escort and security escorted merchant vessels vulnerable to attack enemy submarines and aircraft. Throwing depth charges, repelled air strikes, put up smokescreens and rescued survivors from the sunken units.

 

PMW (Polish Navy) in cooperation with the British Royal Navy received three ships of the class II Hunt, who received the name OORP "Krakowiak", "Kujawiak" and "Ślązak".

 

Ship ORP "Kujawiak" commanded by Lieutenant Commander Ludwik Lichodziejewski. Its primary task was to escort Allied convoys in the English Channel and the Bristol Channel, the main opponent of the former German planes. In May of 1942. She was sent to the Mediterranean, where he took part in the escort of one of the Allied convoys (operation "Harpoon") supply to Malta.

 

During the approach to the port of La Valletta one of the British destroyer HMS "Badsworth" stepped on a mine and suffered serious damage. Crew flowing as the last in a convoy of Polish destroyer, who himself was in the mine area, he joined the rescue operation.On board the HMS "Badsworth" There were about 120 survivors from the previously sunken ships. During the heroic action 53 minutes after midnight, June 16, at the left side of the "Kujawiak" at the height of the position of Division No 2 mine exploded, tearing the skin and adjacent watertight bulkheads. Despite the immediate action of the crew, the ship quickly tilted to the side. With Malta sent to his rescue tug "Robust", but before he could take the hall, about 1.20 Polish destroyer sank in position 35 ° 52'02 "N 14 ° 38'05" E, entailing 13 crew members in the depths of the sea.

 

September 22, 2014, the Polish expedition "The Hunt for L72" found the wreck "Kujawiak". The wreck lies at a depth of 90 meters. The ship is tilted to the left side. It is well preserved.

 

http://dzieje.pl/aktualnosci/miedzynarodowa-ekspedycja-odnalazla-dzwon-niszczyciela-orp-kujawiak

 

On this page is a picture of a bell

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Interesting article, Good to see a Polish Captain around here too.

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Oh, nice read & that's now. The variety I'm talking about, and the things I'm highly curious about knowing :wub:

 

So, on top of Blyskawicka (twinned with HMCS Haida), we now have this, plus the three others to make note of. That's awesome! I doubt my Polish friend could play, but maybe I could do some nudging if we ever did get some Polish Belles for my friend to try, even in brief. That be awesome. My friend is Polish om blood so that's an interesting nudging point, yet highly unsure if he would bite onto this Polish stuff from his Polish bloodline. The part about finding the wreck being sweet also. Shame she had to sink.

 

It makes me excited seeing more Polish related content, and such. Thanks! Very cool indeed :wub:

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After 75 years the bell of destroyer ORP "Kujawiak" on the surface. The bell came to the maintenance office of the National Heritage Agency of Malta and will be undergoing maintenance for the next three months. Later he will probably go to the Maritime Museum in La Valletta.

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Awesome article, Shirogane.  Thanks for the story as well.  It's a great read and Poland is a nation that I feel doesn't get quite enough attention.

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