Saturday, 22 October 2016

73 Years Ago Today

It was 73 years ago today, during WW2, that two allied destroyers, HMS Hurworth and HHelMS Adrias sailed into a recently laid mine field between Gümüşlük and Kalymnos.

Adrias was the first casualty; Hurworth sank with the loss of over a hundred men while coming to the aid of Adrias.

Adrias, with some of the survivors from Hurworth, made her way to Gümüşlük.

Below are a number of links to eye witness accounts of the fateful events and Adrias’ time in Gümüşlük.

Adrias - Hitting the Minel

Adrias at Gümüşlük

Hurworth - The Sinking

Adrias Arriving in Alexandria


  1. Amazing stories - can i share the post please?

    1. Annie feel free.

      I’m sorry I didn’t have time to do the stories justice, it was 22:00 on the 23rd when I realised it was the anniversary.

      I included a couple of other links on the page

  2. Πέθανε ο Δημήτρης Γαβαλάς, τελευταίος επιζών του θρυλικού αντιτορπιλικού 'ΑΔΡΙΑΣ'

    The last survivor of HHeIMS Adrias, Dimitris Gavalas, dies at the age of 95 in Alexandria.