Allied Warships

HMS Visenda (FY 138)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 138 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched30 Jan 1937 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed on 5 April 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 455 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in February 1946.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium on 27 February 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Visenda (FY 138)

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1Ch.Skr. Henry Edward Dodd, RNR24 Oct 19399 Oct 1940
2Skr. John Dunbar Fowler, RNR9 Oct 194018 Nov 1940
3Skr. Christopher Albert Collins, RNR18 Nov 194019 Jan 1941
4Lt. Ralph Spearing Winder, OBE, RNR19 Jan 194122 Jun 1941 (+)
5T/Lt. Ole Bernard Egjar, RNR22 Jun 194126 Jun 1941
6T/Lt. Stanley Frederick Archer, RNR26 Jun 19417 Feb 1945
7T/Lt. Edward Stirling Terence Robinson, RNVR7 Feb 1945

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Notable events involving Visenda include:

23 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-551 was sunk in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 62°37'N, 16°47'W, by depth charges from the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Visenda (Lt. R.S. Winder, OBE, RNR).

11 Oct 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Visenda (T/Lt. S.F. Archer, RNR), HMCS Moosejaw (Lt. F.E. Grubb, RCN) and FFS Roselys. (1)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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