Allied Warships

HMS St. Kenan (FY 264)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 264 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched1 Oct 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed on 16 November 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 565 tons.

Returned to her owner in February 1946.
Scrapped at Antwerp, Belgium on 23 August 1966.

 

Commands listed for HMS St. Kenan (FY 264)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. Abraham Goodings, RNR22 Oct 193914 Feb 1940
2T/Lt. Albert William James, RNR14 Feb 194024 Jun 1940
3T/Lt. Herbert James Beverley, RNR24 Jun 194020 Jan 1941
4T/Lt. Robert Roy Simpson, RNR20 Jan 194124 Sep 1942
5Lt. John Mackay, RNR24 Sep 1942mid/late43
6T/Lt. Albert William James, RNRmid/late43Dec 1943
7T/Lt. Stanley Leith Friend, RNVRDec 1943Jan 1944
8T/Lt. John Basil Newland, RNVRJan 1944

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Notable events involving St. Kenan include:


16 Aug 1940
HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. H.J. Beverley, RNR) picks up nine survivors from the Swedish merchant Nils Gorthon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-60 about 25 nautical miles north-north-east of Malin Head in position 55°45'N, 07°05'W.

3 Jan 1941
During 3/4 January 1941, HMS H 43 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR). These included night exercises. (1)

20 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR).

22 Sep 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR). (2)

23 Oct 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR). (3)

1 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vizalma (T/A/Lt. J.R. Anglebeck, RNVR) and HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR). (4)

13 Sep 1942
HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR) picks up survivors from the American merchant Oliver Ellsworth that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-408 about 100 nautical miles south-west of Spitsbergen in position 75°52'N, 07°55'E.

19 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Kenan (T/Lt. J.B. Newland, RNVR) and HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. D.O. Denton, RNVR). (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16768
  2. ADM 173/16721
  3. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16787
  5. ADM 173/19423

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


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