Allied Warships

HMS Brontes (FY 118)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 118 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched3 Mar 1934 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed on 31 March 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 428 tons.

Sold in 1945.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium on 20 June 1959. Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium 20 June 1959.

In March 1942 the small village of Slaidburn, England (offsite link) raised money during "Warship Week" to sponsor HMT Brontes.


Commands listed for HMS Brontes (FY 118)

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1Cdr. (retired) Trevor St.Vincent Frederick Tyler, RN11 Sep 193928 Apr 1940
2Ch.Skr. John Robert Coultas, RD, RNR28 Apr 194020 Sep 1942
3Skr. Sidney Christie, RNR20 Sep 194217 Aug 1943
4T/Skr. Burton Truefitt, RNR17 Aug 194319 Oct 1944
5Skr. Albert Edward Wood, RNR19 Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Brontes include:

25 Mar 1940
HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. L.C. Head, RNVR) and HMS Brontes (Cdr. T.St.V.F. Tyler (retired), RN) together pick up 25 survivors from the British tanker Daghestan that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-57 nine nautical miles east of Copinsay, Orkneys in position 58°47'N, 02°46'W.

4 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN), HMS Virago (Lt.Cdr. A.J.R. White, RN), HMS Brontes (Skr. A.E. Wood, RNR) and HMS Istria (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR). (1)

15 May 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) was joined at 0600 hours off Morecambe Bay by her escort towards Rothesay, HMS Brontes (T/Skr. B. Truefitt, RNR). They arrived at Rothesay later the same day. (2)

11 Dec 1944
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Brontes (Skr. A.E. Wood, RNR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/18214
  2. ADM 173/19223
  3. ADM 173/19166

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

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