Allied Warships

HMS Kingston Ceylonite (FY 214)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 214 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched6 Feb 1935 
CommissionedNov 1939 
Lost15 Jun 1942 
Loss position36° 52'N, 75° 51'W

Completed on 13 March 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 448 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Lent to the United States Navy in February 1942 to operate of the US East coast. She was still manned by her British crew but operated under USN control.

On 15 June 1942, while escorting convoy KN-109, HMS Kingston Ceylonite (A/Skipper Lt. William McKenzie Smith Smith, RNR) ran into a minefield laid off Virginia Beach on 11 June by U-701. Kingston Ceylonite sank sank in position 36º52'N, 75º51'W. 18 men out of a crew of 32 went down with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 15 Jun 1942 by U-701 (Degen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Kingston Ceylonite

Commands listed for HMS Kingston Ceylonite (FY 214)

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1Ch.Skr. John Robert Coultas, RNR4 Nov 19399 Feb 1940
2Ch.Skr. Joseph Samuel Garnham, RNR9 Feb 194024 Mar 1941
3Skr. Richard George Utting, RNR24 Mar 19419 Oct 1941
4Skr. John Coxall, RNR9 Oct 194111 Jan 1942
5Skr. Stanley Charles Larner, RNR11 Jan 194213 Feb 1942
6A/Skr.Lt. William McKenzie Smith, RNR13 Feb 194215 Jun 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Kingston Ceylonite include:

6 Dec 1939
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.A.S. Wise, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kingston Ceylonite (Ch.Skr. J.R. Coultas, RNR) and HMS Kingston Cairngorm (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) P.E. Vaux, DSC, RN). (1)

26 Nov 1940
HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth. She was escorted by HMS Kingston Ceylonite (Ch.Skr. J.S. Garnham, RNR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/15805
  2. ADM 173/16681

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

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