Allied Warships

HMS Celia (T 134)

MS Trawler of the Shakespearian class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
ClassShakespearian 
PennantT 134 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered12 Dec 1939 
Laid down25 May 1940 
Launched15 Sep 1940 
Commissioned12 Jan 1941 
End service 
History

Sold into merchantile service in 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Celia (T 134)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Frederick George Dawson, RNRDec 1940mid 1942
2T/Lt. Graham Cunningham Wood, RNVRmid 194229 Oct 1942
3T/Lt. Leslie Bertram Merrick, RNR29 Oct 19421 Nov 1944
4T/Lt. Haakon Wivestad, RNR1 Nov 194428 May 1945
5D M Wright, RNVR28 May 1945

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Notable events involving Celia include:


14 May 1943
At 0340 hours, HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), was spotted by a Catalina that was sent out to search for her. Around 0600 hours HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. T.M. Dorrien-Smith, RN) came in sight. Late in the morning they were joined by HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Brissenden (Lt. D.C. Beatty, RN) and HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). HMS Brecon then took O 10 in tow. Around 1600 hours HMS Halcyon (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, RN) arrived which took over the tow. (1)

2 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). She made part of the passage North together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars), submarine FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) and FFS Minerve (Lt. H.F.D. Simon-Dubuisson). (2)

18 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR) and HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR). (3)

8 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR) and another trawler. (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1856
  2. ADM 199/1838
  3. ADM 173/18180
  4. ADM 173/18214

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


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