Allied Warships

HMS St. Cathan (FY 234)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 234 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched19 Aug 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
Lost11 Apr 1942 
Loss position33° 09'N, 78° 16'W

The British asw trawler HMS St. Cathan (FY 234) lost on 11 Apr 1942 in position 33° 09'N, 78° 16'W.

History

Completed on 2 October 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 565 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Lent to the United States Navy in February 1942 to operate of the US East coast under USN control.

HMT St. Cathan (Lt. John Mackay, RNR) was sunk in a collision with the Dutch merchant Hebe south-south-east of Little River, South Carolina, U.S.A. in position 33.09'N, 78.16'W.

 

Commands listed for HMS St. Cathan (FY 234)

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CommanderFromTo
1Ch.Skr. Charles William Freer, RNR1 Nov 193927 Mar 1940
2T/Lt. Frederick Twomey, RNR27 Mar 194012 Jun 1941
3Lt. John Mackay, RNR12 Jun 194111 Apr 1942

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Notable events involving St. Cathan include:


29 Mar 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) departed Dartmouth for her 3rd war patrol. She wa ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. H 32 was escorted out by HMS St. Cathan (T/Lt. F. Twomey, RNR). (1)

21 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS St. Cathan (Lt. J. Mackay, RNR). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1828
  2. ADM 173/16795

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


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