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H.M.T. Pollock
The father of Nick Clark from "Harry Tates Navy", served on this wartime trawler
Photograph supplied by Nick

Despite all best efforts, I've been unable to a photograph of the trawlers Rutlandshire, Regal and Melbourne. If anyone can assist, I'd be more than interested to hear from you.

These pages outline the specifications and a brief history of the trawlers Rutlandshire, Regal, Indian Star, Berkshire and Melbourne.

My thanks to Nick and Ray for providing me with several photographs of trawlers in wartime guise.

H.M.T. Rutlandshire

H.M.T. Hertfordshire
Regrettably not the Rutlandshire, but her sister trawler HMT Hertfordshire built from the same Smiths Dock plan No. 1007-8.
If anyone can supply a photograph of the Rutlandshire, please get in touch.

My grandfather served on the Rutlandshire from 6 December 1939 to 20 April 1940. As part of the 23rd A/S trawler group, she was mentioned in the Admiralty reports dated 19 April 1940 and 26 April 1940.

Reg.
Number

Built &
Registered

Builders

Gross
Tons

Nett
Tons

Length
(feet)

Breadth
(feet)

Depth
(feet)

Official
Number

Call
sign

GY335

Sept. 1936

Smiths Dock,
M'brough

458

164

164.6

27.1

15.1

164417

GYWX

Brief History:

Built for the Rutlandshire Fishing Company, Fish Dock Road, Grimsby

Hired by the Admiralty in October 1939 as an (A/S) anti-submarine trawler

Sold to Shire Trawlers, Grimsby, April 1940

Bombed and run aground on the 20 April 1940

Salvaged by Germany in August 1941 and renamed Ubier

Sunk by mine on the 6 December 1942. Location unknown

Naval Officers and respective appointment dates to the Rutlandshire as at April 1940:

Ch. Skipper, R.N.R.

J. Wilson

6 Dec. 1939

Tempy. Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R.

D.S. McKenzie (proby)

5 Mar. 1940

Tempy. Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R.

W.G. Phillimore (proby)

5 Mar. 1940

 

H.M.T. Regal

My grandfather served on the Regal from 22 September 1939 to 8 November 1939.

Reg.
Number

Built &
Registered

Builders

Gross
Tons

Nett
Tons

Length
(feet)

Breadth
(feet)

Depth
(feet)

Official
Number

Call
sign

H518

October
1933

Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverly

424

163

154.6

25.6

13.9

163162

GWQJ

Brief History:

Originally built as the Lorenzo (H518) for Hull Northern Fishing Company

Sold to the Loyal Steam Fishing Company, Grimsby, January 1939

Renamed Regal April 1939

Requisitioned by the Admiralty in August 1939 as a mine-sweeper/anti-submarine trawler (FY180)

Returned to fishing 1945

Sold to the Hull Ice Company March 1946

Sold to the Great Grimsby & East Coast Steam Fishing Company November 1946 and registered as GY208

Renamed Nubia June 1947

Sold to Henriksen & Company, Hull June 1948 and renamed Tervani, H530

Sold to Fern Leaf Company, Fleetwood December 1956 and registered as FD61

Sold to Sun Trawlers, Fleetwood August 1959

Sold for scrap to Jacques Bakker & Zonen, Belgium - arrived Bruges October 1959 for breaking up

Naval Officers and respective appointment dates to the Regal as at December 1939:

Lieut.-Com., R.N.V.R.

D.A. Rayner

13 Sept. 1939

Ch. Skipper, R.N.R.

J. Wilson

22 Sept. 1939

 

H.M.T. Indian Star

H.M.T. Indian Star in wartime trim

Part of the 23rd A/S trawler group. Mentioned in the Admiralty report dated 19 April 1940.

Reg.
Number

Built &
Registered

Builders

Gross
Tons

Nett
Tons

Length
(feet)

Breadth
(feet)

Depth
(feet)

Official
Number

Call
sign

GY324

August
1936

Smiths Dock,
M'brough

463

169

164

27.1

14.3

164414

GYZS

Brief History:

Built for Gresham Trawlers, Grimsby

Sold to Lincs. Fishing Company, March 1938

Hired by the Admiralty in October 1939 as an (A/S) anti-submarine trawler

Sold to Shire Trawlers, Grimsby, April 1940

Bought by Northern Trawlers, April 1950

Renamed Northern Rover, November 1951

Scrapped March 1957

Naval Officers and respective appointment dates to the Indian Star as at March 1940:

Skipper R.N.R.

E.G. Littler

6 Dec. 1939

 

H.M.T. Berkshire

H.M.T. Berkshire in wartime trim

Part of the 23rd A/S trawler group. Mentioned in the Admiralty report dated 19 April 1940.

Reg.
Number

Built &
Registered

Builders

Gross
Tons

Nett
Tons

Length
(feet)

Breadth
(feet)

Depth
(feet)

Official
Number

Call
sign

GY151

March
1935

Smiths Dock,
M'brough

466

168

164.1

27.1

14.3

164406

GYGY

Brief History:

Built for Berkshire Fishing Company, Grimsby

Requisitioned by the Admiralty in January 1936 as the (A/S) anti-submarine trawler Tourmaline (T.42)

Sunk by aircraft of North Foreland February 1941

Naval Officers and respective appointment dates to the Berkshire as at March 1940:

Skipper R.N.R.

H. Ford

10 Dec. 1939

 

H.M.T. Melbourne

For the Navy Lists dated April 1940, Lieutenant-Commander A. H. Davies R.N.V.R. (mentioned in the Admiralty report, H.M.S. Nubian No. 5/16 dated 23 April 1940) was shown as serving on the Melbourne at the time the Rutlandshire was lost.

Reg.
Number

Built &
Registered

Builders

Gross
Tons

Nett
Tons

Length
(feet)

Breadth
(feet)

Depth
(feet)

Official
Number

Call
sign

GY125

1936

Smiths Dock,
M'brough

466

169

164.1

27.1

14.3

164408

GYTG

Brief History:

Requisitioned by the Admiralty September 1939 as an anti-submarine trawler

Lost May 1940, Norway

Salvaged and renamed Halstein, then Lofottral

Naval Officers and respective appointment dates to the Melbourne as at March 1940:

Lieut.-Com., R.N.V.R.

A.J.C. Pomeroy

5 Mar. 1940

Lieut.-Com., R.N.V.R.

A.H. Davies

5 Mar. 1940

Tempy. Lieut., R.N.V.R.

A. Farquharson

4 Mar. 1940

Skipper, R.N.R.

T.J.A. Hoyle

29 Feb. 1940


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