Allied Warships

HMS Hertfordshire (FY 176)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 176 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched6 Aug 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in September 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 3 October 1939.
Displacement: 458 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

In March 1942 she was lent to the U.S. Navy, but still manned by a British crew, to assist the American`s newly formed anti-submarine forces. In October 1942 she was returned to R.N. control and in December Hertfordshire was transferred to South African waters to combat the growing U-boat threat in this area.

From February 6-12th 1943 she was docked in the Selborne dry dock at simonstown, South Africa and spent the rest of the war escorting convoys around the South African coast.

In 1945 Hertfordshire returned to U.K. waters. She was sold later in 1945.
Renamed Northern Gift in 1951.
Renamed Wyre Gleaner in 1954.
Scrapped at Troon in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Hertfordshire (FY 176)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) John Allen Shuter, RN15 Nov 193923 Jan 1940

2T/Lt. Elkan Maurice Green, SANF(V)17 Mar 1944

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Notable events involving Hertfordshire include:


8 Feb 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN) and HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR). (1)

16 Mar 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR) and HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR). (2)

28 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RNR) and HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR). (3)

29 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR). (3)

5 Jul 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR). (3)

11 Aug 1940
During a heavy air raid on Weymouth and Portland the ship was in Admiralty floating dock (AFD19) which was holed and strained. The Hertfordshire (Cdr. J.A. Shater, (retired), RN) suffered some splinter damage. (4)

11 Apr 1942
HMS Hertfordshire (Cdr. J.A. Shater, (retired), RN) picks up 24 survivors from the American tanker Harry F. Sinclair, Jr. that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-203 7 nautical miles south of Cape Lookout in position 34°25'N, 76°30'W.

15 Apr 1942
HMS Hertfordshire (Cdr. J.A. Shater, RN) picks up 9 survivors from the British merchant Rio Blanco that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-160 about 60 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°16'N, 74°18'W on 1 April.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16283
  2. ADM 173/16285
  3. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. Personal communication

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


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