Allied Warships

HMS Kingston Chrysolite (FY 184)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 184 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched22 Jan 1935 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed on 28 February 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 448 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Scrapped at Dunston on 27 March 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Kingston Chrysolite (FY 184)

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1Skr. William George Austrin, RNR19 Oct 1939Jan 1940
2T/Lt. Robert Lucas Green, RNVRJan 194028 Oct 1940
3Skr. George Thomas Lilley, DSC, RNR28 Oct 19401 Jul 1942
4Skr. John Wilkinson Short, RNR1 Jul 19421 Dec 1942
5A/Skr.Lt. John Main, RNR1 Dec 19426 Aug 1944
6Skr. Charles Pennington, RNR6 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Kingston Chrysolite include:

28 Mar 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) carries out exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Fortune (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN), HMS Kingston Chrysolite (Skr. G.T. Lilley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Haarlem (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). (1)

7 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kingston Chrysolite (A/Skr.Lt. J. Main, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. E.A. Norris, RNVR), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. E.R.H. Seddon, RNVR). These were followed by night A/S exercises with aircraft. (2)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Imperialist (T/Lt. L.G.H. Mole, RNVR), HMS Kingston Chrysolite (A/Skr.Lt. C. Pennington, RNR) and aircraft. (3)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/19337
  3. ADM 173/20231

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

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