Allied Warships

HMS Northern Dawn (FY 146)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 146 
Built byDeschimag (Bremerhaven, Germany) 
Laid down 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in July 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 655 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in February 1946.
Scrapped at Gateshead in 1964.


Commands listed for HMS Northern Dawn (FY 146)

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1Cdr. (retired) Edward Douglas Wyndham Lawford, RN11 Sep 1939Dec 1939

2Lt. Gerald Peter Shiers Lowe, RNVR9 Jan 1940May 1941
3Lt. Joseph Oswald Williams, RNRMay 1941Aug 1943
4Lt. Stuart Faithful Fell, RANVRAug 194330 Jul 1944
5T/Lt. Robert Murray Jackson, RNVR30 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Northern Dawn include:

27 Dec 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Dawn (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR). (1)

20 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Dawn (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR). (2)

17 Mar 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR) and HMS Northern Dawn (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR). (3)

14 Jun 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Northern Dawn (Lt. J.O. Williams, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/16314
  2. ADM 173/16780
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16718

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

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