Allied Warships

HMS Coventry City (FY 267)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 267 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched25 May 1937 
CommissionedJan 1940 
End service 

Completed in August 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 29 September 1939.
Displacement: 546 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Served off the US East coast as of March 1942, along with her crew to help with the recently established convoy system that was being adapted by the Americans. She was returned to RN control in October 1942.

In December 1942, she was in South African waters to combat the growing U-boat activity in that area.

From 15 unil 27 August 1943 Coventry City was docked in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa.

Coventry City remained in South African coastal waters until the end of hostilities. In 1945 Coventry City returned to UK where she was returned to her owner in August and reconverted for commercial use.

In May 1950, Coventry City was converted to an oil burner.

She was scrapped at Inverkeithing in June 1964.


Commands listed for HMS Coventry City (FY 267)

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1Lt. Thomas Tod Euman, RN19 Jan 194021 Feb 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Thomas Bovius Ralph Woodrooffe, RN21 Feb 1940Jun 1940
3T/Lt. Thomas Arthur Rennie Muir, RNR7 Jun 1940Jan 1941
4T/Lt. George Smith Hunter, RNRJan 194124 Nov 1941
5T/Lt. John Coade Grose, RNR24 Nov 1941Aug 1943
6T/Lt. John Wells, RNVRAug 1943Jun 1944
7T/Lt. Willie Morris, RNVRJun 1944Apr 1945
8T/Lt. Kenneth Stephen Hook, RNVRApr 1945

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Notable events involving Coventry City include:

23 Mar 1942
The damaged armed merchant cruiser HMS Queen of Bermuda (A/Capt.(Retd.) A.D. Cochrane, RN) departed Halifax under tow for the Brooklyn Navy Yard at New York. She is to proceed through the Cape Cod Canal.

Escort for the tow is provided by the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS Bedfordshire (Lt. R.B. Davis, RNR), HMS Coventry City (T/Lt. J.C. Grose, RNR), HMS Kingston Ceylonite (A/Skr.Lt. W.M. Smith, RNR), HMS Lady Elsa (T/Lt. S.G. Phillips, RNVR) and HMS Stella Polaris (Skr. T. Normandale, RNR).

The tow arrived in Long Island sound on 29 March 1942. The trawlers then proceeded to New York arriving later the same day. HMS Queen of Bermuda was towed to the New York Navy Yard on 31 March 1942 as this was not possible earlier due to the weather conditions. (1)

8 Jul 1943

Convoy DN 51.

This convoy departed Durban on 8 July 1943.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels;
Danio (Norwegian, 3496 GRT, built 1924), Empire Brook (British, 2852 GRT, built 1941), Empire Lake (British, 2852 GRT, built 1941), Ima (Norwegian (tanker), 6842 GRT, built 1930), Inge Maersk (South African (tanker), 9397 GRT, built 1939, former Danish), Nestor (British, 14629 GRT, built 1913) and Sinclair H-C (American (tanker), 7875 GRT, built 1942).

On departure from Durban the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN), corvette HMS Genista (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R. Leigh-Wood, RNVR) and the auxiliary A/S trawlers HMS Coventry City (T/Lt. J.C. Grose, RNR) and HMS Stella Polaris (Skr. T. Normandale, RNR).

The convoy was to be dispersed on the 8th but due to very bad weather conditions only three merchant vessels and two escorts made it in company to the dispersal point.


  1. ADM 53/116477 + ADM 199/2237

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

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