Allied Warships

HMS Unst (T 213)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 213 
Built byFerguson Bros. Ltd. (Port Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered15 Mar 1941 
Laid down16 Oct 1941 
Launched28 May 1942 
Commissioned6 Aug 1942 
End service 

Sold to the Italian Navy in January 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Unst (T 213)

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1T/Lt. Jack Reardon Smith, RNR28 May 1942mid 1943
2T/Lt. Fred Maurice Cornall, RNVRmid 1943mid/late45
3T/Lt. Robert Alexander Smith, RNVRmid/late45

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Notable events involving Unst include:

17 Dec 1942
HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO, RN) departed from Falmouth for Portsmouth. She made the passage together with HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Unst (T/Lt. J.R. Smith, RNR). (1)

3 Jan 1943
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS P 229 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) and HMS P 31 (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN). They were escorted HMS Unst (T/Lt. J.R. Smith, RNR) until 0830/04 when the armed yacht HMS Star of India took over the escort. (2)


  1. ADM 199/1867
  2. ADM 173/17864

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

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