Allied Warships

HMS Morris Dance (T 117)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
PennantT 117 
Built byGoole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd. (Goole, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down18 Dec 1939 
Launched6 Aug 1940 
Commissioned7 Oct 1940 
End service 
HistorySold in 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Morris Dance (T 117)

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1Lt. Alexander Bruce, RCNVR10 Sep 194018 Jun 1942
2T/Lt. Sidney Alan MacKechnie, RNVR18 Jun 1942mid 1943

3T/Lt. John Gregory Haynes, RNVR1 Dec 19433 Jul 1944
4T/Lt. Frederick Haakon Olaf Lambert, RNVR3 Jul 1944Jan 1945
5T/Lt. Donald Blair Middleton, RNVRJan 1945

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Notable events involving Morris Dance include:

27 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for a few days of exercises together with the destroyer HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN), the corvettes HMS Armeria (T/Lt. H.N. Russell, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (Lt. H.N. Lawson, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), the A/S trawlers HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR), HMS Morris Dance (Lt. A. Bruce, RCNVR) and several ML's. (1)

22 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Burdock (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR), FFS Commandant Drogou, FFS Commandant Detroyat, HMS Morris Dance (T/Lt. S.A. MacKechnie, RNVR) and HMS Rumba (T/Lt. E.C.F.D. Jacquier, RNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/16987
  2. ADM 173/17528

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

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