Allied Warships

HMS Chelmer (K 221)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 221 
Built byGeorge Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Parsons 
Ordered1 Jun 1941 
Laid down29 Dec 1941 
Launched27 Mar 1943 
Commissioned29 Sep 1943 
End service 
History

This was one of the few turbine engined River-class frigates.

Scrapped in August 1957.

 

Commands listed for HMS Chelmer (K 221)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Ronald Albert Cherry, RNR18 Jul 19438 Sep 1944
2Lt.Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN8 Sep 1944Mar 1945
3Cdr. (retired) Rodney Charles Vesey Thomson, DSC, RNMar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Chelmer include:


17 Oct 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR), HMS Grassholm (T/Lt. J.A. Antonsen, RNR), HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, DSC, RN) and HMS Northern Sun (T/Lt. H. Meredith, RNVR), (1)

28 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) and HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR). (2)

6 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, DSC, RCNVR) and HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (3)

7 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (3)

6 Apr 1944
HMS Chelmer (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ruth I that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 45°05'N, 35°11'W by German U-boat U-302.

23 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR), HMS Oxford Castle (T/Lt. H.E. Holden, DSC, RNR), HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR), HMS Vidette (Lt. P.J. Stoner, RN), HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) and HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR). (1)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17777
  3. ADM 173/18492

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


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