Allied Warships

HMS Egilsay (T 215)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 215 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered17 May 1941 
Laid down1 Oct 1941 
Launched7 Feb 1942 
Commissioned8 Jul 1942 
End service 

Sold to the Italian Navy on 22 February 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Egilsay (T 215)

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1T/Lt. William Earle Belgrave, RNVRJun 1942early 1944
2T/Lt. Edward Alexander King, RNVRearly 19443 Jul 1944
3T/Lt. John Frank Squires, RNVR3 Jul 1944mid/late45

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Notable events involving Egilsay include:

28 Oct 1942
HMS H 33 (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rothesay. She was escorted until 0825/29 by HMS Egilsay (T/Lt. W.E. Belgrave, RNVR) at which time the Norwegian destroyer HNoMS St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN) took over. (1)

29 Oct 1942
HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) spent the entire day near Bishops Rock waiting to establish contact with her escort, HMS Egilsay (T/Lt. W.E. Belgrave, RNVR). Visibility was very bad. Finally, at 1751 hours contact was made. Both ships were to proceed to Falmouth but as they were unable to enter that port it was decided to proceed directly to Portsmouth.


  1. ADM 173/17230

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

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