Allied Warships

HMS Fishguard (Y 59)

Sloop of the Banff class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassBanff 
PennantY 59 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down5 Dec 1927 
Launched12 Jun 1928 
Commissioned30 Apr 1941 
End service27 Mar 1946 
History

From mid-1941 to mid-1943 served with the 44th Escort Group, Atlantic Convoys, operating from Londonderry. Early 1944 to mid-1945 Eastern Fleet, Indian Ocean. operating out of Kilindini, Kenya. Mid-1945 Ceylon and SE. Asia, South China Sea. Crew returned to UK December 1945. After her service with the Royal Navy, the cutter was returned to the United States on 27 March 1946. Her recommissioning was cancelled and she was sold on 24 October 1947.

 
Former nameUSCGC Tahoe

Commands listed for HMS Fishguard (Y 59)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Henry Leslie Pryse, RNRApr 19411 Oct 1943
2Lt. Charles Donovan Smith, DSC, RNR1 Oct 1943Jul 1945
3A/Lt.Cdr. Curt George Scott, RNVRJul 1945

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Notable events involving Fishguard include:


13 Oct 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR). (1)

2 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Arctic Explorer (T/Lt. C. Pawley, RNVR). (2)

21 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Banff (Lt. P. Brett, RNR). (3)

28 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN), HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. A. Blewett, DSC, RNR), HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR). (4)

18 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Havelock (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, DSC, RN), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN) and HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR). (5)

19 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR), HMS Pennyworth (Lt. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR). (6)

20 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Berry (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RD, RNR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR). (6)

21 Jun 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR), HMS Poppy (T/Lt. D.R.C. Onslow, RNR) and HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR). (7)

22 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fishguard (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR). (8)

2 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fishguard (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) and aircraft. (9)

3 May 1944
Boarded U-852 after British aircraft fatally damaged her as she beached near Ras Mabber, off the Somali coast on 3 May 1944. British forces captured her crew. (10)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16786
  2. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/17790
  4. ADM 173/17792
  5. ADM 173/17795
  6. ADM 173/17925
  7. ADM 173/17771
  8. ADM 173/17788
  9. ADM 173/17777
  10. Personal communication

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


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