Allied Warships

HMS Lord Essenden (FY 218)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 218 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched9 May 1936 
CommissionedDec 1939 
End service 

Completed in June 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 464 tons.

Returned to her owner in October 1945.
Scrapped in mid-1966.


Commands listed for HMS Lord Essenden (FY 218)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Robert Arthur Francis Nicholl-Cadell, RN9 Dec 1939May 1940
2Skr. James Troup Denoon, RNRMay 194025 Jun 1942
3Skr. James William Shell, RNR25 Jun 194213 Sep 1942
4A/Skr.Lt. Frank Alexander Yeomans, RNR13 Sep 1942

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Notable events involving Lord Essenden include:

26 Jun 1942
HMS Torbay (Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Portsmouth bound for the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth where she is to refit. She arrived at Devonport the next day. She was escorted by HMS Lord Essenden (Skr. J.W. Shell, RNR). Most of the passage was made in convoy. (1)

6 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Rowan (T/Lt. R.O. Moore, RNVR), HMS Lord Essenden (A/Skr.Lt. F.A. Yeomans, RNR), HMS Cape Comorin (T/Lt. N.L. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/17625
  2. ADM 173/17922

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

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