Allied Warships

HMS Kihna (4.242)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.242 
Built byCamper & Nicholsons Ltd. (Gosport, England, U.K.) ; Sulzer (Winterhur, Switzerland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched 
Commissioned 
End service 
History

Displacement: 572 tons.
Completed in June 1930.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty in June 1942.
Served as A/S (training) vessel / tender.

Returned to her owner in 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kihna (4.242)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Cdr. (retired) Arthur Reginald Willis Sayle, RD, RNR28 Jan 1943Jun 1944
2Cdr. (retired) Thomas John Tressider Corfield Jenks, RNJun 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Kihna include:


7 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (1)

14 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (2)

2 Apr 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. H 28 was to proceed to the Sheerness Dockyard to refit there. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (3)

6 Apr 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (3)

7 Apr 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (3)

15 Apr 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. P.H. May, RN) departed Rothesay for Blyth (still with only one main engine operable). She is escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (4)

20 Apr 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. P.H. May, RN) departed Loch Eriboll to continue her passage to Blyth. She is still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (4)

21 Aug 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS H 33 (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) and HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) all departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (5)

22 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) both departed Londonderry for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (6)

1 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (7)

3 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) and her escort, HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR), arrived at Milford Haven. They had been ordered to put into Milford Haven as enemy mines were suspected in the Bristol Channel. (8)

4 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) departed Milford Haven for Portsmouth. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (7)

5 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) and her escort, HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR), arrived at Plymouth. (7)

6 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (7)

7 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (7)

6 Oct 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) departed Fishguard for Rothesay escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (9)

10 Oct 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (10)

13 Oct 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (11)

10 Nov 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel. Upon completion of these exercises she sailed for Londonderry escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (12)

11 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) also took passage for part of the way. (13)

15 Nov 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (14)

4 Dec 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Milford Haven for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (15)

3 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Fishguard for Rothesay. During the passage north through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (16)

10 Jan 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) and HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) both departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (17)

11 Jan 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (18)

14 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. During the passage she was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (16)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Lough Foyle for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (16)

15 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She made the passage together with HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (19)

16 Feb 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) departed Tobermory for Stornoway. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (18)

17 Feb 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) departed Stornoway for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). The next day, off Tobermory, they were joined by HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) and later that day, off Magilligan Point, they were joined by HMS H 43 (T/Lt. G.L. Davies, RNVR). (20)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) and HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (21)

28 Feb 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) departed Rothesay for Fishguard. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (21)

29 Feb 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (22)

10 Apr 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (23)

11 Apr 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) departed Stornoway for Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (24)

13 Apr 1944
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) and HMS Sealion (Lt. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) departed Barrow for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (25)

1 May 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (19)

3 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS H 43 (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN). During the passage to Oban they were escorted by HMS Clorinde (T/Lt. M.L. Patterson, RNVR). Off Oban escort was taken over by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). Also HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) joined for the passage to Rothesay. (26)

5 May 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (27)

18 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN), HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) and HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (26)

19 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (28)

19 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) shifted from Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (29)

25 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Lough Foyle (Londonderry) for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (26)

23 Jun 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. R.A.A.C. Ward, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (30)

7 Jul 1944
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area on HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (31)

13 Jul 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (32)

13 Jul 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) proceeded from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (33)

27 Jul 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included a practice attack on HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (32)

2 Aug 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt. S.H. de Boer, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (34)

3 Aug 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. I.M. Stoop, DSC, RN) both departed Londonderry (Loch Foyle) for Rothesay. They were escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (35)

6 Aug 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. G.J. Glennie, RANVR) departed Rothesay for Heysham. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (36)

10 Aug 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (37)

29 Aug 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) shifted from Barrow to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (38)

7 Sep 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (39)

8 Sep 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (40)

1 Oct 1944
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She made the passage together with HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) (until Fishguard). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (41)

1 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Rothesay for Fishguard. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC RN). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (42)

12 Dec 1944
During the night of 12/13 December 1944, HMS Varangian (Lt. A.J. Sumption, DSC, RNVR), conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (43)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) and HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area together with HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (44)

15 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (44)

14 Apr 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) and HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (45)

15 Apr 1945
HMS Vitality, (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) and HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) shifted from Oban to Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (46)

10 May 1945
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Volatile (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN) and HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN) serving as targets. These included night exercises during the night of 10/11 May. (47)

17 May 1945
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, RD, RNR) and HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (47)

12 Aug 1945
HMS Una (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (48)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17922
  2. ADM 173/17792
  3. ADM 173/17756
  4. ADM 173/17804
  5. ADM 173/17761
  6. ADM 173/17927
  7. ADM 173/17798
  8. ADM 173/17798 + ADM 199/627
  9. ADM 173/18340
  10. ADM 173/17787
  11. File 2.12.03.6371 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  12. ADM 173/17776
  13. ADM 173/17764
  14. ADM 173/17834
  15. ADM 173/18147
  16. ADM 173/19199
  17. ADM 173/18491
  18. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  19. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  20. ADM 173/19189
  21. ADM 173/19347
  22. ADM 173/18525
  23. ADM 173/18479
  24. ADM 173/19327
  25. ADM 173/18548
  26. ADM 173/19219
  27. ADM 173/18552
  28. ADM 173/18473
  29. ADM 173/18528
  30. ADM 173/19329
  31. ADM 173/18509
  32. ADM 173/18497
  33. ADM 173/18518
  34. File 2.12.03.6385 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  35. File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  36. ADM 173/19353
  37. ADM 173/18531
  38. ADM 173/19226
  39. ADM 173/18532
  40. ADM 173/19354
  41. ADM 173/19164
  42. ADM 173/19251
  43. ADM 173/19356
  44. ADM 173/20149
  45. ADM 173/20127
  46. ADM 173/20318
  47. ADM 173/20058
  48. ADM 173/20114

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


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