Allied Warships

HMS St. Zeno (FY 280)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 280 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched12 Feb 1940 
Commissioned18 Jul 1940 
End service 
History

Displacement: 608 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Lent to the United States Navy in February 1942.
Returned in October 1942.
Sold in May 1946.
Renamed Banyers in 1952.
Scrapped at Antwerp, Belgium on 26 November 1966.

 

Commands listed for HMS St. Zeno (FY 280)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Leslie Hugh Moorhouse, RNR8 Jul 194025 Sep 1940
2T/Lt. John Kirke Craig, RNVR25 Sep 1940Jul 1943
3T/Lt. Raymond Shrimpton, RNVRJul 194331 Mar 1944
4T/Lt. Colin Gordon McKenzie, SANF(V)31 Mar 1944

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Notable events involving St. Zeno include:


28 Apr 1941
The British tanker Oilfield is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 south of Iceland in position 60°05'N, 17°00'W. HMS St. Zeno (Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR) later picks up 8 survivors.

24 Feb 1942
HMS St. Zeno (Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR) picks up 24 survivors from the British merchant Empire Celt that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-158 about 420 nautical miles south-southeast of St. John's, Canada in position 43°50'N, 43°38'W.

7 Apr 1942
HMS St. Zeno (Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR) picks up 41 survivors from the British tanker British Splendour that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in position 35°07'N, 75°19'W.

17 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS St. Zeno (T/Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR), HMS Coventry City (T/Lt. J.C. Grose, RNR), another HMS trawler (unable to read the name in the log of HMS P 614) and HMS ML 271. (1)

10 Feb 1943
HMS St. Zeno (Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR) picks up 18 survivors from the British merchant Queen Anne that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-509 8 nautical miles south-south-west of Cape Agulhas, South Africa in position 34°53'S, 19°51'E.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17528

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


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