Allied Warships

HMS Wellard (FY 137)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 137 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched15 May 1937 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 
History

Completed on 28 July 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 514 tons.

Lent to the United States Navy in February 1942.
Returned in October 1942.
Sold in 1945.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium on 31 August 1961.

 

Commands listed for HMS Wellard (FY 137)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Cedric Naylor, DSO, DSC, RN11 Sep 193916 Nov 1939

2Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNR14 Feb 194013 Jul 1940
3Lt. Arthur Johnson, RNVR13 Jul 194013 Apr 1941
4Lt. (retired) Robert Fletcher Turnbull, RNR13 Apr 1941mid 1941
5Lt. Stuart Faithful Fell, RANVRmid 194114 Jul 1943
6T/Lt. Graham Hellyer, RNVR14 Jul 1943Nov 1943
7T/Lt. Harold Gott, RNVRNov 1943mid 1944

8T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Moxley Pinnell, RNVR25 Oct 194411 May 1945
9T/Lt. William Carl McDonnell, RNVR11 May 1945

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Notable events involving Wellard include:


31 Jan 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. I.L.M. McGeogh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sabre (Lt. P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wellard (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR). (1)

18 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Wellard (Lt.(Retd.) R.F. Turnbull RD, RNR). (2)

30 May 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR) and HMS Wellard (Lt.(Retd.) R.F. Turnbull RD, RNR). (3)

10 Aug 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Wellard. (4)

9 Oct 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ships of the 3rd Escort Group and HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR). (5)

13 Oct 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR). (5)

14 Oct 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and aircraft. (5)

24 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (6)

10 Dec 1941
HMS Tigris (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Wellard (Lt. S.F. Fell, RANVR). (7)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16768
  2. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16760
  4. ADM 173/16732
  5. ADM 173/16786
  6. ADM 173/16795
  7. ADM 199/400

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


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