Allied Warships

HMS Tarantella (T 142)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
PennantT 142 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down6 Sep 1940 
Launched27 Jan 1941 
Commissioned9 May 1941 
End service 

Renamed HMS Two Step on 8 February 1943.
Sold to the Italian Navy in February 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Tarantella (T 142)

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1T/Lt. the Hon. Robert Arthur Balfour, RNVR23 Mar 19418 Jul 1942
2Lt. John Mackay, RNR8 Jul 1942Ca. Sep 42
3T/Lt. Berkeley Lowndes Moir, RNVRCa. Sep 42Nov 1943
4T/Lt. John Henry Hand, RNVRNov 1943

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Notable events involving Tarantella include:

14 May 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, RN) shifted from Rosyth to Methill.

She departed for Tobermory later the same day escorted by HMS Tarantella (T/Lt. the Hon. R.A. Balfour, RNVR). (1)

23 May 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Tarantella (T/Lt. the Hon. R.A. Balfour, RNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/16771
  2. ADM 173/16717

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

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