Allied Warships

HMS Trinidad (46)

Light cruiser of the Fiji class

Nice close up view of HMS Trinidad refueling a destroyer in the Arctic in late 1941

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Dec 1937 
Laid down21 Apr 1938 
Launched21 Mar 1940 
Commissioned14 Oct 1941 
Lost15 May 1942 
Loss position73° 37'N, 23° 27'E

HMS Trinidad (Capt. Leslie Swain Saunders, RN) was hit by one of her own torpedoes on 29 March 1942, while in battle with the German destroyers Z 24, Z 25 and Z 26, sinking the latter. She received temporary repairs in Murmansk, Russia and sailed for home on 13 May 1942. She was scuttled in the Arctic Ocean north of North Cape in position 73º37'N, 23º27'E after being hit by German Ju-88 bombers on 15 May 1942.  

Commands listed for HMS Trinidad (46)

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1Capt. Leslie Swain Saunders, RN15 May 194115 May 1942

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Notable events involving Trinidad include:

30 Apr 1941
During the night of 29/30 April Trinidad was damaged when she received a direct hit during a German air raid. She was however not seriously damaged.

14 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Trinidad (Capt. L.S. Saunders, RN) and HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN). (1)

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Running the Gauntlet

Pearce, Frank


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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