Allied Warships

HMS Cape Palliser (FY 256)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 256 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched3 Sep 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in October 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 29 September 1939.
Displacement: 497 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in September 1945.
Scrapped at Dunston in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cape Palliser (FY 256)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. Samuel Phimister, RNR24 Nov 1939Sep 1940
2T/Lt. Dennis Charles Hayes, RNVRSep 1940Jun 1941
3T/Lt. George Ellerton Postgate Morris, RNRJun 194116 Oct 1941
4Lt. Bernard Theodore Wortley, RNR16 Oct 1941Nov 1944
5T/Lt. Stanley Rodger Pearson, RNVRNov 1944

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Notable events involving Cape Palliser include:


31 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Felixstowe (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, DSC, RN), HMS Cape Palliser (T/Lt. G.E.P. Morris, RNR), HMS Rothesay (Cdr. A.A. Martin, DSC, RD, RNR) and FFS Senateur Duhamel. (1)

12 Nov 1942
HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR) picks up 15 survivors from the American merchant William Clark that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-354 in the Greenland Sea in position 71°02'N, 13°05'W.

13 Dec 1942
HMS P 339 (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. Passage north towards Lerwick was made together with HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. J. Koziolkowski). . They were escorted by HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR). (2)

1 Sep 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, DSO, RN), HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. T.M. Dorrien-Smith, RN), HMS Kingston Agate (Lt. J. Simms, RNR) and HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR). (3)

2 Sep 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP), HMS Malcolm (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN), HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR) and HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR). (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 199/1862
  3. File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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