Allied Warships

HMS Coriolanus (T 140)

MS Trawler of the Shakespearian class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 140 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered12 Dec 1939 
Laid down4 May 1940 
Launched2 Oct 1940 
Commissioned6 Feb 1941 
Lost5 May 1945 

Took part in the North Africa landings in November 1942 and the Sicily landings in July 1943.

Mined and sunk in the Adriatic on 5 May 1945. The ship sank some six miles from Novigrad/Cittanova.


Commands listed for HMS Coriolanus (T 140)

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1T/S.Lt. William Douglas Bishop, RNVR4 Feb 19413 Apr 1941
2T/S.Lt. Ian Rankin Saddler, RNVR3 Apr 194123 Jan 1942
3T/Lt. Cyril Ernest Chown, RNVR23 Jan 194222 Apr 1942
4Lt. Leonard Bentley Moffatt, RNR22 Apr 19427 Sep 1942
5T/Lt. Noel Hunt, RNVR7 Sep 1942mid 1943

6T/Lt. Herbert Edward Lines, RNVRMar 194422 Aug 1944
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. George Rundle, RNVR22 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Coriolanus include:

24 Jun 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) arrived at Falmouth.

She departed for Portsmouth later the same day escorted by HMS Coriolanus (Lt. L.B. Moffatt, RNR) and in convoy. (1)


  1. ADM 173/17274

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

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