Allied Warships

HMS Kirkella (FY 174)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 174 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched21 May 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in July 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 436 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1946.
Renamed Moorsom in 1949.
Renamed St. Benedict in 1952.
Renamed Reneva in 1957.
Scrapped at Preston in 1961.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kirkella (FY 174)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. George Thomas Lilley, RNR23 Nov 1939Aug 1940
2Lt. Jeffry Vanstone Brock, RCNVRAug 1940Aug 1941
3T/Lt. Moris John Rowlands, RNVRAug 19417 Aug 1943
4T/Lt. George Wallace Ash, RNVR7 Aug 194317 Nov 1944
5T/Lt. Stanley George Reynolds Morgan, RNVR17 Nov 1944

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Notable events involving Kirkella include:


15 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Kirkella (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (1)

2 Jun 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Kirkella (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR) and aircraft. (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16787
  2. ADM 173/17202

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


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