Allied Warships

HMS Wolborough (FY 223)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 223 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched25 Feb 1937 
CommissionedDec 1939 
End service 

Completed in April 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 459 tons.

At 13.55 hours on 8 June 1942, the trawler was damaged by a dud off Port Said, while escorting the Norwegian motor tanker Athene from Haifa to Alexandria. But neither a German or Italian submarine reported an attack in this area, so it was probably from a torpedo aircraft or not a dud at all.

Sold in August 1945.
Renamed Lord Ancaster in 1946.
Renamed Marath in 1948.
Renamed Stella Pegasi in 1955.
Renamed Spurnella in 1955.
Scrapped at Barrow in December 1962.


Commands listed for HMS Wolborough (FY 223)

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1Cdr. (retired) Jack Sanler Hoffman, RN9 Dec 193918 Jun 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Frank Alan Winson Ramsay, DSC, RN18 Jun 1940

3Lt. Archibald Ferguson Harkness, DSC, RNR18 Mar 194118 Feb 1942 (1)
4T/Lt. Herbert Samuel May, RNR18 Feb 1942Oct 1943
5T/Lt. George Arthur Hartnell, RNROct 1943Early 1945
6T/Lt. Wilfred Kirkby, RNVREarly 1945

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Notable events involving Wolborough include:

22 Jan 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Wolborough (Cdr.(Retd.) J.S. Hoffman, RN) and HMS Stella Sirius. (2)

26 Jan 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed Portland for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS Wolborough (Cdr.(Retd.) J.S. Hoffman, RN) and HMS Stella Sirius. (3)

15 Nov 1940
HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) departed Alexandria for her 8th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

Before proceeding on patrol attack and A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Wolborough (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.A.W. Ramsay, DSC, RN) and HMS Kingston Crystal (Lt.Cdr. G.H.P. James, RNR).

For the daily positions of HMS Parthian during this patrol see the map below.



  2. ADM 173/16327
  3. ADM 173/16274
  4. ADM 199/283

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

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