Allied Warships

HMS St. Elstan (FY 240)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 240 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched23 Sep 1937 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed on 16 November 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 564 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium on 6 January 1966.

 

Commands listed for HMS St. Elstan (FY 240)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. Charles Alfred Grimmer, RNR29 Oct 193913 Mar 1940
2Lt. John Parker Stewart, RNR13 Mar 194019 Nov 1940
3T/Lt. Graham Butcher, RNVR19 Nov 19408 May 1942
4Lt. Roland Maurice Roberts, RNR8 May 1942Sep 1943
5T/Lt. Frederick John Robb Storey, RNVRSep 19431 Aug 1944
6T/S.Lt. William Kitchen, RNVR1 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving St. Elstan include:


23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (1)

9 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS St. Zeno (T/Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR). (1)

19 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Montgomery (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) W.L. Puxley, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR). (2)

7 Nov 1942
HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) picks up 26 survivors from the American merchant William Clark that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-354 in the Greenland Sea in position 71°02'N, 13°05'W.

20 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR) and HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR). (3)

22 Dec 1942
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) departed Holy Loch for the passage to Gibraltar. En-route Dolfijn was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept the German bockade runner Rhakotis making this passage her 2nd war patrol.

During her passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR).

For the daily positions of HrMs Dolfijn during this patrol see the map below.

(4)

5 Mar 1943
HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) picks up 11 survivors from the American merchant Executive that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-255 in the Norwegian Sea in position 72°44'N, 11°27'E.

12 Mar 1943
HMS St. Elstan (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) picks up the sole survivor from the American merchant Puerto Rican that was torpedoed and sunk on 9 March 1943 by German U-boat U-586 about 100 nautical miles north-east of Iceland in position 66°44'N, 10°41'W.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16793
  3. ADM 173/17244
  4. ADM 199/1855

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


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