Allied Warships

HMS Cape Portland (FY 246)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 246 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched17 Sep 1936 
CommissionedJan 1940 
End service 
History

Completed in October 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 29 September 1939.
Displacement: 490 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun, 2 .5" AA (1x2), 2 MG AA.

Lent to the Portugese Navy on 8 October 1943.
Returned on 6 August 1944.
Sold in 1945.
Scrapped at Inverkeithing in 1965.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cape Portland (FY 246)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/S.Lt. Bernard George Abbott Savage, RNR24 Jan 19406 May 1940
2T/Lt. Olman Todd Harrison, RNR6 May 19406 Dec 1940
3S.Lt. John Vernon Lobb, RANVR6 Dec 1940Jan 1941
4T/Lt. Awdry Leopold Cole, RNVRJan 1941Feb 1941

5Lt. Alan Branson, RNRFeb 19417 Jul 1942
6T/Lt. Keir Francis Rasmussen, RNR7 Jul 19428 Oct 1943

7T/Lt. Douglas Oscar Denton, RNVR25 Sep 1944

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Notable events involving Cape Portland include:


22 Jan 1943
HMS Cape Portland (Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR) picks up two survivors from the Swedish merchant Neva that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-358 in the scattered convoy UR-59 in position 61°35'N, 14°15'W.

6 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Saladin (Lt. A.A. Diggens, DSC, RN), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Fame (Capt. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN) and HMS Moyola (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RD, RNR). (1)

10 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

11 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Saxifrage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

12 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR) and HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR). (1)

19 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. J.B. Newland, RNVR) and HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. D.O. Denton, RNVR). (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17926
  2. ADM 173/17796
  3. ADM 173/19423

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


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