HMS Terje 5 (FY107)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Deutsche Schiffsbau und Machinenbau A.G. (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
Completed in September 1936.
Renamed Sealyham on 19 January 1941. Returned to owner in June 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Terje 5 (FY107)
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|1||A/Ch.Skr. Arthur Keable, RNR||3 Feb 1945|
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Notable events involving Terje 5 include:
19 Aug 1941
Evacuation of Spitsbergen and destruction of mining facilities.
Around 1530/19, the light cruisers HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, RN), HMS Aurora (Capt. W.G. Agnew, RN) and the destroyers HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSO, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) left Scapa Flow to make rendezvous off the Butt of Lewis with the aircraft carrier HMS Argus (Capt. T.O. Bulteel, RN), destroyers HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN), HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN) and HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and the troopship Empress of Canada (21517 GRT, built 1922) which had departed the Clyde around 0200/19.
They made rendezvous around 2100/19, when HMS Argus with HMS Tartar, HMS Intrepid and HMS Escapade proceeded to Scapa Flow where they arrived at 0230/20. These ships took no part in the upcoming operation 'Gauntlet'.
The Empress of Canada, escorted by HMS Nigeria, HMS Aurora, HMS Anthony, HMS Antelope and HMS Icarus (also known as 'Force A' set course for Hvalfiord, Iceland where they arrived at 0730/21.
After fuelling they sailed for Spitsbergen at 2200/21.
The RFA tanker Oligargh (6897 GRT, built 1918) escorted by the trawlers HMS Elm (T/Lt. E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR), HMS Hazel (T/Lt. R. Thorne, RNVR), HMS Van Oost (Skr. A. Bruce, RNR) and the whaler HMS Sealyham (T/Lt. C.E. Jefferson, RNR) had already departed for the upcoming operation around 2330/18.
They arrived off Barentsburg, Spitsbergen around 0800/24. On board the Empress of Canada were Canadian troops, engeneers, sappers, etc., etc. These were landed to demolish the mining equipment and to burn stocks of coal already mined. The soviet workforce was embarked on the Empress of Canada as was some of the equipment they want to take with them. The Oligargh and her escorts also arrived on the 24th.
Around 1800/26, HMS Aurora joined the captured Norwegian merchant vessels (colliers, which had been in German service) Ingerto (3089 GRT, 1920), Munin (1285 GRT, built 1899), Nandi (1999 GRT, built 1920) and their escort the whaler HMS Sealyham which were bound for Reykjavik, Iceland. HMS Aurora left the convoy at 0400/27 and returned to Spitsbergen around 0845/27. HMS Sealyham and the colliers arrived in Iceland on 1 September 1941.
Around 2330/26, the Empress of Canada departed Barentsburg for Archangelsk escorted by HMS Nigeria, HMS Anthony, HMS Antelope and HMS Icarus. They arrived at Archangelsk around 1200/29. HMS Aurora remained behind at Spitsbergen.
The force departed Archangelsk to return to Spitsbergen around 1100/30. They arrived in the Isfiord around 2230/1. The Norwegians from Longyearbyen were then embarked on board the Empress of Canada as were the Canadian soldiers.
Empress of Canada, HMS Nigeria, HMS Aurora, HMS Anthony, HMS Antelope and HMS Icarus departed for the UK around 2200/3.
The RFA tanker Oligargh and the caputured icebreaker Isbjørn and the seal catchers Agnes, Polaris and Strømsnes Also departed Spitsbergen for Iceland [time of depature not known to us]. They were escorted by the trawlers HMS Elk, HMS Hazel and HMS Van Oost. On 10 September 1941 the Isbjørn, Agnes, Polaris and Strømsnes, escorted by HMS Elk arrived at Akureyi, Iceland. Later they went on to Reykjavik, arriving there on 14 September 1941. On the same day the Oligargh also arrived at Reykjavik escorted by HMS Hazel and HMS Van Oost.
Around 0001/5, HMS Kenya and HMS Aurora parted company to proceed on further operations but not before oiling from the Oligargh late in the morning / early in the afternoon of the same day.
Around 0715/6, the light cruiser HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) departed Scapa Flow to join the Empress of Canada and her three escorting destroyers. HMS Penelope joined them around 1800/6.
Around 0615/7, HMS Lightning (Cdr. R.G. Stewart, RN) joined company, having departed Scapa Flow around 2200/6, and HMS Antelope and HMS Anthony parted company and set course to proceed to Scapa Flow where they arrived around 1000/7.
Around 0630/7, HMS Penelope also parted company and set course to return to Scapa Flow arriving there around 1030/7.
Empress of Canada now continued on to the Clyde escorted by HMS Icarus and HMS Lightning. They arrived in the Clyde around 2300/7. (1)
26 Feb 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Sealyham, HMS Thirlmere (T/Lt. H.O. Olsen, RNR), HMS Knaresborough Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.F. Marchant, RNR) and HMS Seychelles (A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Baldwin-Wiseman, RD, RNR). (2)
27 Feb 1945
HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Knaresborough Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.F. Marchant, RNR), HMS Seychelles (A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Baldwin-Wiseman, RD, RNR), HMS Jasper (Lt. J.N. Kempton, RN) and HMS Sealyham. (2)
- ADM 53/113677 + ADM 53/113678 + ADM 53/114799 + ADM 53/114800 + ADM 53/114850 + ADM 199/396
- ADM 173/20142
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.