Allied Warships

HMS Totland (Y 88)

Sloop of the Banff class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassBanff 
PennantY 88 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched7 Oct 1931 
Commissioned12 May 1941 
End serviceMay 1946 
History

Returned to the United States in May 1946. She was renamed USCGC Mocoma and designated WPG-163. Recommissioned in the Coast Guard on 20 March 1947. Decommissioned on 8 May 1950. Sold on 15 July 1955.

HMS Totland is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

 
Former nameUSCGC Cayuga

Commands listed for HMS Totland (Y 88)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Selwyn Gerold Caygill Rawson, RNJun 194110 Oct 1942
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Frank Alan Winson Ramsay, DSO, DSC, RD, RN10 Oct 194230 Oct 1942 (+)
3Lt.Cdr. Leslie Ernest Woodhouse, RN30 Oct 19427 Jul 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Hector Edward Tourtel, RNR7 Jul 194323 Oct 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. George David Davies, DSC, RNR23 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Totland include:


3 Jul 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, RN) and HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) S.G.C. Rawson, RN). (1)

4 Jul 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, RN), HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) S.G.C. Rawson, RN) and HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN). (1)

11 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Honeysuckle (Lt. H.H.D. MacKillican, DSC, RNR), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel, ORP), HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) S.G.C. Rawson, RN) and HMS Weston (Cdr. (Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN). (2)

21 May 1942
HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr. S.G.C. Rawson, RN) picks up 12 survivors from the British merchant New Brunswick that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-159 about 140 nautical miles east-south-east of Santa Maria, Azores in position 36°53'N, 22°55'W.

6 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN) and HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) S.G.C. Rawson, RN). (3)

8 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt. L.G. Toone, RN) and HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr. L.E. Woodhouse, RN). (4)

23 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-522 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic south-west of Madeira in position 31°27'N, 26°22'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr. L.E. Woodhouse).

23 Feb 1943
HMS Totland (Lt.Cdr. L.E. Woodhouse) picks up 65 survivors from the American tanker Esso Baton Rouge that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-202 about 400 nautical miles south of the Azores in position 31°15'N, 27°22'W.

HMS Totland also picks up 53 survivors from the British tanker Empire Norseman that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-382 about 400 nautical miles south of the Azores. The damaged Empire Norseman was hit a few minutes later by another torpedo this time fired by U-202. 1.5 hours later the drifting wreck of the Empire Norseman was sunk by a coup de gr?ce from U-558.

13 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR), HMS Totland (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.E. Tourtel, RNR) and HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN). (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16783
  2. ADM 173/17201
  3. ADM 173/17253
  4. ADM 173/17790
  5. ADM 173/17927

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


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