Allied Warships

HMS Canna (T 161)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 161 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered6 Apr 1940 
Laid down19 Jul 1940 
Launched18 Nov 1940 
Commissioned7 Apr 1941 
Lost5 Dec 1942 
HistoryHMS Canna (T/Lt. Wilfred Noel Bishop-Laggett, RNR) was burnt out at Lagos, Nigeria on 5 December 1942. 

Commands listed for HMS Canna (T 161)

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1T/Lt. Gerald Charles Leonard Payne, RNVR29 Jan 194117 Jul 1942
2T/Lt. Wilfred Noel Bishop-Laggett, RNR17 Jul 19425 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Canna include:

3 Jul 1941

Convoy SL 80.

This convoy departed Freetown on 3 July 1941.

It was made up of the following merchant vessels; Agioi Victores (Greek, 4344 GRT, built 1918), Christine Marie (British, 3895 GRT, built 1919), Dago II (British, 1993 GRT, built 1917), Emmy (Greek, 3895 GRT, built 1914), Empire Lough (British, 2824 GRT, built 1940), Medon (British, 5444 GRT, built 1923), Modasa (British, 9070 GRT, built 1921), Mulbera (British, 9100 GRT, built 1922), Perth (British, 2259 GRT, built 1915), Sansu (British, 5446 GRT, built 1939) and Stad Haarlem (Dutch, 4518 GRT, built 1929).

On departure from Freetown the convoy was escorted by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Canton (A/Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, MVO, RN), destroyer HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), corvettes HMS Amaranthus (Lt. N.B.J. Stapleton, RNR), HMS Bergamot (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Chapman, RNR), A/S yacht HMS Surprise (Capt.(Retd.) E. Stubbs, RN) and the M/S trawler HMS Canna (T/Lt. G.C.L. Payne, RNVR).

Around 1845N/7, HMS Canton parted company with the convoy after having been relieved by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Esperance Bay (Capt.(ret) G.S. Holden, RN). HMS Canton then proceeded on patrol in the mid-Atlantic.

On 8 July 1941, HMS Highlander parted company with the convoy.

On 9 July 1941, HMS Surprise parted company with the convoy.

On 11 July 1941, HMS Amaranthus, HMS Bergamot and HMS Canna parted company with the convoy.

On 23 July the destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN), HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN), HMS Verity (Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) and the corvettes HMS Hibiscus (Lt. H. Roach, RNR) and HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) joined.

On 26 July HMS Verity was detached to Belfast after having sustained serious damage below the waterline due to having collided with HMS Broke. She arrived at Belfast on 27 July.

The convoy arrived in U.K. waters on 27 July 1941.

5 Nov 1942
HMS Canna (T/Lt. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR) picks up 22 survivors from the British merchant Peterton that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-109 on 17 September northwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

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