Allied Warships

HMS Reighton Wyke (FY 134)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 134 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched30 Nov 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in January 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 465 tons.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Renamed Arctic Trapper in 1959.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in 1962.

 

Commands listed for HMS Reighton Wyke (FY 134)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Thomas Conolly, RNR16 Oct 193931 Dec 1939
2Skr. John Foubister Banks, RNR31 Dec 193916 May 1942
3Skr. George McKay Sutherland, RNR16 May 1942Nov 1944
4T/A/Skr.Lt. Harry Westerden, RNRNov 1944

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Notable events involving Reighton Wyke include:


24 May 1943

Convoy ET 21.

This convoy departed Bone / Philippeville on 24 May 1943 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 28 May 1943.

No full info on the composition of this convoy is currently known to us.

On departure from Bone / Philippeville the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt. H.D. Durell, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR).

HMS Javelin and HM Kelvin were detached on the 26th to conduct an A/S hunt but rejoined later the same day.

The convoy made a short call at Algiers on 26 May and various ships were detached and other ships joined and the escort was reinforced with other vessels. On arrival at Gibraltar the following escorts had joined the convoy additional to the ones listed above; corvette HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR), A/S trawlers HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR) and HMS Reighton Wyke (Skr. G.M. Sutherland, RNR).

Also the rescue tug HMRT Restive had joined the convoy (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/639

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


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