Allied Warships

HMS Loch Monteith (FY 135)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 135 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched19 May 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in June 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 10 September 1939.
Displacement: 531 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in November 1945.
Scrapped at Antwerp, Belgium in April 1964.

 

Commands listed for HMS Loch Monteith (FY 135)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Francis Rupert Pope, RNR19 Oct 193927 Mar 1940
2Lt. Joseph Eric Woolfenden, RNR27 Mar 194014 Jun 1940
3T/Lt. Logie James Simpson, RNR14 Jun 194018 Dec 1940
4T/Lt. Kenneth Walter Richardson, RNR18 Dec 194027 Nov 1944
5T/Lt. William Easton Turner, RNVR27 Nov 1944

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Notable events involving Loch Monteith include:


9 Feb 1940
HMS Loch Monteith (Lt.Cdr. F.R. Pope, RNR) picks up 62 survivors from the British merchant Chagres that was sunk after hitting a mine laid on 6 January 1940 by German U-boat U-30 5.5 nautical miles bearing 270° from the Bar Light Vessel off Liverpool in approximate position 53°33'N, 03°25'W.

15 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Amaranthus (Lt. N.B.J. Stapleton, RNR) and HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 departed the Tobermory area for Rothesay escorted by HMS Lady Hogarth (T/Lt. S.G. Barnes, RNR).

17 Oct 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (1)

26 Dec 1941
During 26 and 27 December 1941, HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted trials in the North Sea West of Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (2)

28 Dec 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (2)

28 Jan 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

5 Feb 1942
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) ended her 5th war patrol at Scapa Flow.

Later the same day she departed for Dundee escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (1)

10 Apr 1942
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

16 Apr 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Dundee later the same day together with FFS Rubis. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (4)

3 May 1942
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

At Scapa Flow she is to participate in A/S exercises. (5)

14 May 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

1 Jun 1942
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Lerwick. Only aircraft were sighted during the patrol.

She departed later the same day for Dundee. Passage was made together with HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) that was also to proceed to Dundee. (4)

18 Jul 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

1 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (6)

7 Aug 1942
HMS P 51 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Scapa Flow, escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR), later the same day. (3)

16 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (7)

31 Aug 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Tribune (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) and HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (6)

13 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Holy Loch together with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). They were to proceed northwards through the Minches. HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) was also in company during the passage north as she was to proceed to Lerwick.

Escort was taken over at 0800/16 by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). During passage south along the Scottish east coast HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was also in company. (8)

25 Sep 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) and HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (9)

11 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch and onward passage to Gibraltar. Part of the passage was made together with FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville, RN) and HNoMS Uredd (Lt. R.O. Rören). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

For the daily positions of HMS P 54 during this passage / patrol see the map below.

(6)

28 Dec 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

31 Dec 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) carried out trials off Lerwick escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

2 Jan 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (10)

6 Jan 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Dundee for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 1135/7 when HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR) took over the escort until 0921/8 when HMS Parrsboro (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR) took over. (11)

8 Feb 1943
HMS P 224 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Rosyth. She made the passage South together with HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN), FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. J. Koziolkowski). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (12)

20 Feb 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Dundee for Rosyth. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 1045/21 when HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. A. Mackay, RNR) took over the escort. (13)

24 Feb 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (14)

18 Mar 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until about Scapa Flow when HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) took over the escort.

28 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) until 0915/30 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (15)

29 Mar 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (10)

26 May 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. An unknown vessel escorted her until 1900 hours, when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort.

For the daily positions of HMS Otus during this passage see the map below.

(16)

19 Jun 1943
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. At sea she joined HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) and her escort HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) that were en-route to Dundee. (17)

11 Aug 1943
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR), HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) and HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS ML 300 (T/Lt. F.C.R. Piesse, RNVR) until Dundee where HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (18)

18 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN), HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (19)

31 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) both departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. At sea they were joind by HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) and HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) that were en-rout to Dundee and Sheerness respectively. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (19)

9 Nov 1943
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) that was to proceed to Scapa Flow.

They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) took over the escort of K XIV near Scapa Flow. They then proceeded south through the Minches towards Holy Loch.

18 Nov 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (12)

19 Nov 1943
HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) collided with a ship from a convoy. She and HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) put into Aberdeen. Passage was continued later the same day. (12)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with the Norwegian submarine HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (20)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). In the moring of 9 December by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) took over the escort. (21)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN), HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) and HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) all arrived at Tobermory.

The submarines departed later the same day for the east coast of the U.K. escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (22)

13 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with the Dutch submarine HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (20)

17 Dec 1943
HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. She makes the passage together with HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 1305/18 when HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) took over the escort. Also HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) joined the convoy. (23)

17 Dec 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. She makes the passage together with HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) and HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 1305/18 when HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) took over the escort. Also HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) joined the convoy. (24)

18 Dec 1943
HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Crosswell, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (12)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Unbroken (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) and HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) that were both to proceed to Blyth. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (25)

1 Apr 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (6)

14 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Dundee. She is escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (26)

19 Apr 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) and HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (27)

24 Apr 1944
At 0700 hours HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort of HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) and HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) to Dundee. (28)

2 Jun 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (29)

28 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (20)

6 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (30)

9 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (20)

1 Dec 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR).

9 Dec 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) departed from Dundee for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR). They are escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (31)

26 Dec 1944
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. P.J.S. de Jong, RNN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (32)

4 Jan 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (33)

2 Feb 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (33)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (34)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (35)

17 Feb 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (36)

22 Feb 1945
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Dundee for Loch Alsh. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (37)

6 Mar 1945
HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) departed Blyth for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (38)

12 Mar 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (33)

2 Apr 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (36)

12 Apr 1945
HrMs Zeehond (Lt. S.H. de Boer, RNN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (39)

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