Allied Warships

HMS Hamlet (T 167)

MS Trawler of the Shakespearian class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 167 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered12 Dec 1939 
Laid down21 Feb 1940 
Launched24 Jul 1940 
Commissioned23 Dec 1940 
End service 
HistorySold 30 January 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Hamlet (T 167)

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1T/Lt. Charles Robertson, RNR6 Nov 194030 Dec 1940
2T/Lt. Henry Harcus Bolton, RNVR30 Dec 194025 May 1943
3T/Lt. John Craig Boyd, RNVR25 May 194328 Dec 1943
4T/Lt. David John Morris, DSC, RNR28 Dec 194317 Aug 1944
5A/Skr.Lt. Jock Alan MacTean, RNR17 Aug 194411 Aug 1945
6J W Brown, RNVR11 Aug 194529 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Hamlet include:

22 Apr 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick where she arrived later the same day. She was escorted by the British M/S trawler HMS Hamlet (T/Lt. H.H. Bolton, RNVR). (1)

13 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN), HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN), HMS Hamlet (T/Lt. J.C. Boyd, RNVR) and HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). (2)

6 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Mermaid (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Mosse, RN), HMS Hamlet (T/Lt. J.C. Boyd, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (3)

1 Sep 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Mistral (Lt. J.H.M. Sowry, RNVR) until 2130/2 when HMS Hamlet (A/Skr.Lt. J.A. MacTean, RNR) took over the escort. (4)

6 Mar 1945
HMS Volatile (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN), HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) all departed Blyth for Scapa Flow / Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR) until 0900/27 when HMS Hamlet (A/Skr.Lt. J.A. MacTean, RNR) took over. (5)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18123
  3. ADM 173/18719
  4. ADM 173/19172
  5. ADM 173/20330 + ADM 199/1444

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

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