Allied Warships

HMS Tango (T 146)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
PennantT 146 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down23 Aug 1940 
Launched29 Nov 1940 
Commissioned22 Apr 1941 
End service 

Sold in July 1946 to Belgian owners.
Converted in 1948 to fishing trawler at Chantier Naval St. Pierre, Hemiksem, Belgium.
Dimensions 49,78m, 8,40m, 4,41 m
Displacement 452 GRT 165 NRT 515 tdw.

Sold to Compagnie Maritime du Progés, Ostende, Belgium in 1949 being renamed Ramspkapelle (callsign OPMP).

Sold to Köser & Co., Hamburg, Germany in March 1952 being renamed Carola (callsign DECY).

Sold to Anglo-Skandia G.m.b.H., Cuxhaven, Germany later in 1952. Laid up for about a year.

Sold to Tankreederei Rhein-Weser G.m.b.H., Bremen, Germany in May 1953. Managed by DDG Hansa, Bremen, Germany, from 1956 the ship was managed by its owner. Reconstructed to Winetanker at the Jadewerft, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Also a new engine was built in. New dimensions were 54,00m, 8,46m, 4,48m. New displacement was 488 GRT, 280 NRT, 649 tdw. Machinery 8-Cylinder Diesel engine (Maschinenbau Kiel A. G., Kiel-Friedrichsort) 600 PSe / 290 rpm, 1 shaft, 1 rudder, speed 11,0 kn. The ship was delivered in October 1953 being named Vinum (callsign DECY).

Sold to Vinum S.p.A., Palermo, Italy in July 1962 being renamed Vino (Callsign IVJO) (LR-Nr. 5381459).

Sold to Finnavi S.r.L., Napels, Italy in 1987. As of 1995/1996 no longer listed in Lloyd's Register of Shipping.


Commands listed for HMS Tango (T 146)

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1T/Lt. John Hunter, RNR21 Jan 1941mid 43
2T/Lt. Robert Frederick Giles, RNVRmid 43

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Notable events involving Tango include:

11 Jun 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lulworth (Lt.Cdr. C. Gwinner, RN) and HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, RNR).

After completing these exercises HMS H 28 set course for Rothesay escorted by HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR). (1)

12 Jun 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC, RNR) and HMS H 44 (Lt. R.P. Webb, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR). (2)

21 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR) and HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR). (3)

22 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR), USS Spencer, USS Badger and HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR). (3)

23 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spencer, HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) plus ships from the 37th Escort Group. (3)

24 May 1943

Convoy ET 21.

This convoy departed Bone / Philippeville on 24 May 1943 for Gibraltar where it arrived on 28 May 1943.

No full info on the composition of this convoy is currently known to us.

On departure from Bone / Philippeville the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN), HMS Venomous (Lt. H.D. Durell, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RNR).

HMS Javelin and HM Kelvin were detached on the 26th to conduct an A/S hunt but rejoined later the same day.

The convoy made a short call at Algiers on 26 May and various ships were detached and other ships joined and the escort was reinforced with other vessels. On arrival at Gibraltar the following escorts had joined the convoy additional to the ones listed above; corvette HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR), A/S trawlers HMS Gavotte (T/Lt. D. Bates, RNR), HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS King Sol (Lt. P.A. Read, RNR) and HMS Reighton Wyke (Skr. G.M. Sutherland, RNR).

Also the rescue tug HMRT Restive had joined the convoy (4)


  1. ADM 173/17202
  2. ADM 173/17238 + ADM 173/17262
  3. ADM 173/17244
  4. ADM 199/639

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

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