Three towns remember HMS Dasher!


Officers today joined members of the local community, naval services and relatives to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMS Dasher - a Royal Navy aircraft carrier - in 1943.

Launched in 1941 she was commissioned into the Royal Navy in July 1942. But less than a year later the Dasher was devastated by a massive internal explosion while sailing in the Firth of Clyde off Ardrossan.

The sudden explosion on 27th March 1943 sent debris flying into the air and coated the sea in burning oil, visible for miles around.

Of the 528 crewmen aboard this claimed the lives of 379 despite the rapid deployment of other ships, private vessels and life boats in the area.

Speaking after attending today’s service Inspector Colin Convery, of the Three Town’s Locality Policing Team, said “we are grateful to the HMS Dasher Association for inviting Police Scotland to join them at the ceremony today [Sunday 25th March 2018].

“The service was held at the HMS Dasher memorial on Ardrossan’s South Beach and saw people across the generations, both young and old, join together to remember this tragic incident.

“It was a very fitting tribute and reflected the positive spirit of the people of the Three Towns.”

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