Allied Warships

HMS Cape Comorin (FY 143)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 143 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Apr 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed on 15 May 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 504 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Olvina in 1955.
Renamed Lobelia in 1960.
Scuttled off Cape Town, South Africa on 27 September 1968.


Commands listed for HMS Cape Comorin (FY 143)

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1Ch.Skr. Peter Newman, RNR4 Oct 193921 Dec 1939
2Skr. Harold Ernest Moran, RNR21 Dec 193916 Apr 1940
3T/Lt. William Cameron Shaw, RNVR16 Apr 19405 Jun 1940
4T/S.Lt. Gordon Vincent Doubleday, RNVR5 Jun 194026 May 1941
5Lt. George Dudley Kelly, RNR26 May 194110 Sep 1942
6T/Lt. Nicholas Leadley Brown, RNVR10 Sep 194223 Apr 1943
7T/Lt. William Reginald Blower, RANVR23 Apr 194331 Mar 1944
8T/Lt. Frank Kenneth Turner, RNVR31 Mar 194414 Mar 1945
9T/Lt. Michael Early Ferrand Corley, RNVR14 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Cape Comorin include:

6 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Rowan (T/Lt. R.O. Moore, RNVR), HMS Lord Essenden (A/Skr.Lt. F.A. Yeomans, RNR), HMS Cape Comorin (T/Lt. N.L. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/17922

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

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