Allied Warships

HMS Turquoise (T 45)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 45 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Mar 1935 
CommissionedNov 1935 
End service 

Completed in March 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 641 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1946.
Renamed St. Oswald in 1946.
Renamed Woolton in 1950.
Renamed Wyre Woolton in 1954.
Scrapped at Preston in 1957.


Commands listed for HMS Turquoise (T 45)

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1Lt.Cdr. Sidney James Gunn, RN22 Aug 193916 Mar 1940
2Lt. Stuart Clarence Blair Hickman, RNR16 Mar 19406 Nov 1940
3T/Lt. Vivian Dickinson Hamlin Bidwell, RNR6 Nov 1940mid 1941
4T/Lt. Cyril Merton Newns, RNVRmid 194120 Aug 1943
5T/Lt. Andrew Sidney Charles Harris, RNVR20 Aug 1943

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Notable events involving Turquoise include:

19 Jun 1941
HMS Vanessa is damaged by a German aircraft while on patrol in the North Sea. She suffered a direct amidships, blowing up boilers, the fore funnel was blasted overboard, and the deck opened up. Eleven ratings and the engineer officer were killed and many of the crew were injured and burned. The damaged destroyer collided with anti-submarine trawler HMS Turquoise. Vanessa was towed to Yarmouth by destroyer HMS Vesper.

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