Allied Warships

HMS Cornelian (T 15)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 15 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Jul 1933 
CommissionedNov 1935 
End service 

Completed in August 1933.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 568 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Lincoln City in 1947.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in September 1963.


Commands listed for HMS Cornelian (T 15)

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1Boatswain John Allsop, RN15 Jun 193914 Feb 1940
2T/Lt. Harold Fletcher Hayes, RNVR14 Feb 19401 Jul 1941
3T/Lt. Sydney Gorrell, RNR1 Jul 1941

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Notable events involving Cornelian include:

26 Feb 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Tynedale (Lt. J.J.S. Yorke, DSC, RN), ORP Krakowiak (Lt.Cdr. W. Maracewicz) and later with HMS Cornelian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gorrell, RNR). (1)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Cornelian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gorrell, RNR) picks up 16 survivors from the Belgian merchant Persier that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-1017 off the Eddystone Lighthouse in position 50°14'N, 04°20'W.


  1. ADM 173/17921

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

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