Allied Warships

HMS Horatio (T 153)

MS Trawler of the Shakespearian class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
ClassShakespearian 
PennantT 153 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered12 Dec 1939 
Laid down12 Mar 1940 
Launched8 Aug 1940 
Commissioned17 Jan 1941 
Lost7 Jan 1943 
History

HMT Horatio (T/Lt. Charles Alfred Lemkey, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk on 7 January 1943 by the German motor torpedo boat S-58 off Cape de Garde, Algeria. Only two members (Stephen Hooper and George Venables) of the crew survived the sinking, they were picked up by the Germans. 

Commands listed for HMS Horatio (T 153)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Robertson, RNR24 Jan 194128 Jan 1941 (+)
2A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Silvester Warren, RNR20 Feb 1941ca. Apr 41
3T/Lt. Charles Alfred Lemkey, RNRca. Apr 417 Jan 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Horatio include:


27 Sep 1942
The M/S trawlers HMS Fluellen (T/Lt. B.J. Hampson, RNR, Senior Officer), HMS Horatio (T/Lt. C.A. Lemkey, RNR), HMS Othello (T/Lt. S.C. Dickinson, RNVR) and HMS Stroma (Skr. J.S. Harper, RNR) departed Milford Haven for Gibraltar. They were escorting the 134th HDML Flotilla made up of HDML 1210 (Senior Officer), HDML 1130, HDML 1131, HDML 1134, HDML 1146, HDML 1162, HDML 1235 and HDML 1237. (1)

6 Oct 1942
The M/S trawlers HMS Fluellen (T/Lt. B.J. Hampson, RNR, Senior Officer), HMS Horatio (T/Lt. C.A. Lemkey, RNR), HMS Othello (T/Lt. S.C. Dickinson, RNVR) and HMS Stroma (Skr. J.S. Harper, RNR) and the 134th HDML Flotilla made up of HDML 1210 (Senior Officer), HDML 1130, HDML 1131, HDML 1134, HDML 1146, HDML 1162, HDML 1235 and HDML 1237 arrived at Gibraltar from the U.K. (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/423
  2. ADM 199/662

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


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