Allied Warships

HMS Coral (T 07)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 07 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Feb 1935 
CommissionedJan 1939 
Lost13 Apr 1942 

Completed in March 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in January 1939.
Displacement: 705 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.


Commands listed for HMS Coral (T 07)

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1Mid. Frank Harvey Walton, RNRDec 1940Jun 1941
2Lt. Malcolm Christopher English, RNRJun 194113 Apr 1942

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Notable events involving Coral include:

14 Dec 1939
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Ouse and HMS Coral. (1)

21 Dec 1939
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. This included a practice attack on HMS Malaya (Capt. I.B.B. Tower, DSC, RN) and A/S exercises with HMS HMS Coral and HMS Beryl. (1)

4 May 1941
Coral was stationed at Malta with ASW duties and was sunk, along with HMS Fermoy, while inside #3 Dock in Valletta harbour, in the course of a heavy air attack brought in the night of 4-5 May by the German planes of X Fliegerkorps.
The planes deployed that night were 16 Ju-87s of II/St.G.1, 15 He.111 of II/KG.26 and 11 He.111 of 2/KG.4 and 5/KG/4. due to the location, Coral was easily refloated and repairs carried out.

31 Oct 1941
During the night a raid against naval targets was made by Italian planes from Sicily. The attacking formation included 4 Ju-87 of the 101st Gruppo Bombardamento a Tuffo and 8 Br.20 of the 37th Stormo Bombardamento terrestre.
Coral, then anchored in French Creek, sustained several hits and sank. She was again raised but found to be beyond repairs and eventually scrapped in Valletta during 1943.


  1. ADM 173/15881

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

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