Allied Warships

HMS Kingston Amber (FY 211)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 211 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched8 Jul 1937 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in September 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 18 September 1939.
Displacement: 467 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun, 2 .5" AA, 2 MG AA.

Returned to her owner in February 1946.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium on 14 January 1959.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kingston Amber (FY 211)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. James Flett, RNR29 Nov 193917 Apr 1941
2Skr. Benjamin Pile, RNR17 Apr 194120 Jun 1941
3T/Lt. Robert John Kennedy, RNR20 Jun 19412 Dec 1941
4T/Lt. Bryan Humfrey Craig Rodgers, RNVR2 Dec 194115 Sep 1942
5 T/Lt. the Hon. George Charles Spencer, RNVR15 Sep 194211 Jan 1943
6T/Lt. Richard Adams, RNR11 Jan 1943Jan 1945
7T/Lt. James Calderwood Paterson, RNVRJan 1945

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Notable events involving Kingston Amber include:


21 Nov 1940
HMS Usk (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) departed Portsmouth, escorted by by the Brisitsh ASW trawler HMS Kingston Amber (Skr. J. Flett, RNR), for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the English Channel. (1)

9 Jan 1941
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portsmouth with HMS Radiant (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.J. Brewster, RN) and HMS Kingston Amber (A/Skr.Lt. J. Flett, RNR). (2)

30 Jan 1941
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portsmouth with HMS Sapphire (T/Lt. F.R.H. Swann, RNVR) and HMS Kingston Amber (A/Skr.Lt. J. Flett, RNR). (2)

12 Aug 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Kingston Agate (Lt. H.O. L’Estrange, RNR), HMS Hoxa (T/Lt. H.P Davies, RNR), HMS Kingston Amber (T/Lt. R.J. Kennedy, RNR) and HMS Wistaria (Skr. R.W. Denny, RNR). (3)

3 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (Lt. G. Lanning, RANVR), HMS Kingston Amber (T/Lt. R. Adams, RNR), HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR), HMS Cape Comorin (T/Lt. W.R. Blower, RANVR), HNoMS Molde and HNoMS Narvik. (4)

4 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Kingston Amber (T/Lt. R. Adams, RNR), HMS Cape Comorin (T/Lt. W.R. Blower, RANVR) and HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1881
  2. ADM 173/17106
  3. File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/17773

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


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