HMS Witherington (D76)

Casualty List

Navy: RN
Type: Destroyer
Class: Admiralty Modified W 
Pennant: D 76 
Built by: J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered: Jan, 1918 
Laid down: 27 Sep, 1918 
Launched: 16 Jan, 1919 
Commissioned: 10 Oct, 1919 
History: Sold to Metal Idustries for breaking up on 20 March 1947. On the 29th April 1947, whilst under tow to the breakers yard at Charlestown, near Rosyth, Scotland, she broke the tow and was wrecked.

The wreck can be dived and lies on the south side of South Shields pier. As you turn south at the pier end turn immediately west. Travelling west alongside the pier you will see some concrete blocks, one of these has what looks like a monkey's face on it, anchor about 10m off this rock. Depth is about 7m. Watch out for fishing line and strong currents. 


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