Allied Warships

HMS Stella Rigel (FY 657)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 657 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched19 Dec 1925 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed on 4 February 1926.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 358 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr AA gun.

Became a danlayer in April 1944.

Renamed Alamein in 1945.
Renamed Lady Olwen in 1949.
Renamed Remindo in 1952.
Wrecked off Nypubakka, Faeroer Islands on 28 April 1955 (4 dead).


Commands listed for HMS Stella Rigel (FY 657)

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1Skr. Frank Hodson, RNR5 Dec 19393 Jun 1940
2Skr. Lewis Percy Keable, RNR3 Jun 194021 Aug 1940
3T/Skr. Charles Frederick Parsons, RNR21 Aug 194012 Nov 1940
4Skr. William Ivor Phillips, RNR12 Nov 1940Jan 1941
5T/Skr. Thomas Henry Spall, RNRJan 194123 Jul 1941
6T/Skr. Richard Algernon Matthews, RNR23 Jul 1941mid 1942

7T/Skr. Harry William Lang, RNR30 Aug 1943early 1945

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Notable events involving Stella Rigel include:

25 Sep 1943
The British MS Trawler HMS Donna Nook was sunk of Harwich after a collision with the British MS Trawler HMS Stella Rigel.

27 Jun 1944
Damaged by aerially delivered mine of coast of Normandy. (source: Report by the Allied Naval Commander in Chief, Expeditionary Force, on Neptune, Volume II, Part II, Defence of the British Assault Area, Section V, Casualties Subsequent to the Assault, p. 23) (1)


  1. Personal communication

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