Allied Warships

HMS Loch Melfort (FY 151)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 151 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched22 Oct 1934 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in November 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 440 tons.

Sold in February 1946.
Renamed St. Amandus in 1946.
Wrecked off the Skraaven lighthouse, Vestfjord, Norway on 25 December 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Loch Melfort (FY 151)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Maurice Arthur Brind, RN9 Oct 19391 Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Francis Mervyn Wynter Harris, RNR13 Apr 1940May 1940
3T/Lt. Frederick Graham-Brown, RNRMay 1940mid 1941
4T/Lt. William Fleming McAusland, RNVRmid 194114 Jun 1942
5T/Lt. Leslie Kerr Smith, RANVR14 Jun 194216 Feb 1943
6T/Lt. Frank Bloor, RNVR16 Feb 1943May 1944
7Lt. Charles Russell Dunlop, RNVRMay 19441 Jul 1944
8T/Lt. Herbert George Gabriel, RNVR1 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Loch Melfort include:


22 Aug 1940
A/S trawler HMS Loch Melfort (T/Lt. F. Graham-Brown, RNR), which was on local A/S patrol reported a submarine contact 13 miles 320° from Ras el Tin.

To assist in the A/S hunt the destroyers HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, RAN) and HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN) departed Alexandria to assist, but no further contact was made.

[File ADM 199/386, gives that the destroyer HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN) was also involved but from several ships logs which were present at Alexandria it is obvious that it was HMAS Waterhen which sailed in company with HMS Juno. HMAS Voyager had departed a little earlier to escort a local convoy to Port Said but most likely the sailing of this convoy was then postponed and she joined the A/S hunt.]

After the A/S hunt had been completed / cancelled, HMAS Voyager proceeded towards Port Said with the local convoy. [No details available on which ships were in this convoy.] (1)

3 Dec 1940

Convoy AS 6.

This convoy departed Piraeus on 3 December 1940 for Port Said where it arrived on 7 December 1940.

The convoy was made up of the merchant vessels; Adinda (Dutch (tanker), 3359 GRT, built 1939), Artemis Pitta (Greek, 1363 GRT, built 1906), British Sergeant (British (tanker), 5868 GRT, built 1922), Cleanthis (Greek, 4153 GRT, built 1911), Eocene (British, 4216 GRT, built 1922), Guido (British, 3921 GRT, built 1920), Hannah Moller (British, 2931 GRT, built 1911), Helka (British, 3471 GRT, built 1912) and Tanais (Greek, 1545 GRT, built 1907).

On departure escort was provided by the A/S trawler HMS Loch Melfort (T/Lt. F. Graham-Brown, RNR). A second A/S trawler was to have sailed as escort for the convoy but was unable to do so due to defects, this was HMS Kingston Coral (Skr. W. Kirman, RNR).

From about south of the Kaso Strait AA protection was given by the AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN). The cruiser had departed Alexandria on 3 December 1940 and joined the convoy around 1300/4 in approximate position 34°12'N 28°24'E.

The destroyer HMS Wryneck (Lt.Cdr. R.H.D. Lane, RN) departed Alexandria on 5 December 1940 and joined the convoy around 1130/6.

HMS Calcutta parted company with the convoy at 1800/6 and set course for Alexandria where she arrived the next morning.

The convoy arrived at Port Said on the 7th following which HMS Wryneck returned to Alexandria arriving on the 8th.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/386 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Voyager for August 1940 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Waterhen for August 1940

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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