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Farndales and the sea












Several Farndale were seamen, generally associated with Whitby 







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John Farndale


John Farndale, born 1711 (FAR00136) lived in Whitby and sailed with Captain Cook.


John Farndale was a seaman named in a list of 42 of the crew of ‘The Friendship of Whitby’ on 10 Nov 1753 when James Cook was Mate (later the famous Captain Cook). John would be about 42 years old in 1753.






Able Seaman Giles Farndale


Giles Farndale (FAR00137) served in the Royal Navy. It seems very likely that he was press-ganged at Whitby, probably in 1740 when he would have been 27 years old. The Muster Book for HMS Experiment, a brig with a compliment of 130, shows Giles Farndell as No 101 Able Seaman, impressed on 29 Jun 1740. He is present at every muster until 9 May 1741 when he is marked ‘DD’ (Discharged Dead). No circumstances are recorded which probably means that he died of sickness on 9 May 1741.


The ‘Experiment’ was commissioned under Captain Hughes at Deptford between Mar and Jun 1740. On 29 Jun 1740 the ‘Experiment’ was at The Nore, where Giles Farndell (or Farndale; he is listed under both names in different Muster Books), came on complement. From there she sailed for Port Royal, Jamaica where she arrived on 15 Sep 1740. From there until June 1741 the ship was either in Port Royal, at sea, or in Cartagena


Service: 29 June 1740 - 9 May 1741

Medals and decorations:
Buried: At Sea, Port Royal, West Indies




HMS Experiment taking the Telemaque, 8 July 1757


 William Farndale, Master Mariner


The records of Abigail Farndale (FAR00192) suggest that William Farndale (FAR00157) became a master mariner.





Robert Farndale (FAR00197) was a ship’s carpenter of Whitby



John Farndale (FAR00244)




Became a master mariner




John Farndale

Born 1818 (FAR00265), a sailor of Whitby.





William Farndale

Born 17 November 1825 (FAR00289), Master Mariner of Whitby.






Thomas Farndale

Born 3 March 1828 (FAR00300), ship’s broker’s clerk in Whitby.





John Christopher Farndale

Born 10 November 1830 (FAR00308), Master Mariner of Whitby.





Robert George Farndale (FAR00755)


Lived in Stockton, Hartlepool and then Bradford who worked in the merchant navy and later ran a pub




Clarence Farndale (FAR00850)




Served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1966






HMS Farndale


Type II, Hunt-class Escort Destroyer including Convoy Escort Movements


B a t t l e   H o n o u r s: MALTA CONVOYS 1941 - MEDITERRANEAN 1941 - LIBYA 1942 - ATLANTIC 1942  - ARCTIC 1942 - NORTH AFRICA 1942-43 - SICILY 1943 - SALERNO 1943 - AEGEAN 1943 - SOUTH FRANCE 1944 - NORTH SEA  1945


HMS Farndale was a Type 2 Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy which served in World War II. She was scrapped in 1962. She has been the only British Warship so far to bear this name.


Service history


Farndale was ordered on 4 September 1939 under the 1939 War Emergency Build Programme. She was completed in April 1941. She was adopted by the civil community of Southgate, then in Middlesex, as part of Warship Week in 1942.


She earned eleven battle honours for extensive service during the Second World War. This included service in the Mediterranean where she was severely damaged in February 1942, and resulted in extensive repairs in the UK that year. She then saw service with Russian convoys, followed by work to support the allied landings in Italy. Towards the end of the war she was nominated for service in the Far East in support of Operation Zipper for landings in Malaya, which was cancelled with the end of the War.


She returned to Sheerness from the Far East in November 1945 and was transferred to the Reserve Fleet. From 1946 until 1951 she was part of the Nore Local Flotilla and was then placed in reserve again at Hartlepool. She remained there until 1962 when she was sold to BISCO for scrapping by Hughes Bolckow. She arrived at their breakers yard in Blythe on 29 November 1962.