Allied Warships

HMS Balta (T 50)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 50 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered6 Apr 1940 
Laid down10 Aug 1940 
Launched2 Dec 1940 
Commissioned16 May 1941 
End service 
HistorySold 16 July 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Balta (T 50)

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1T/Lt. John Ambrose Hanson Pontin, RNR7 May 1941Apr 1943
2T/Lt. William Easton Turner, RNVRApr 1943early 1944
3T/Lt. Robert William Brough, RNVRearly 1944

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Notable events involving Balta include:

1 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Balta (T/Lt. J.A.H. Punting, RNR) and HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. L.H. Stammers, RNVR). (1)

18 Feb 1943
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) conducts A/S exercises of Diego Saurez with HMS Balta (T/Lt. J.A.H. Punting, RNR).

After these exercises O 21 departed from Addu Atoll for Colombo. (2)

29 Feb 1944
The British merchant Palma is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-183 south of Ceylon in position 05°51'N, 79°58'E. HMS Balta (Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR) later picks up survivors.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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