HMS Herschell (T 289)
MS Trawler of the Isles class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||George T. Davie & Sons Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||8 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||20 Jan 1942|
|Launched||9 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||29 May 1943|
|History||Sold in 1946.|
Commands listed for HMS Herschell (T 289)
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|1||T/Lt. Sir Joseph Herbert Spence Fayrer, DSC, RNVR||Mar 1943||14 Sep 1943|
|2||J E Freestone, RNR||14 Sep 1943||16 Nov 1944|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Vivian Errol Bowyer, DSC, RNVR||16 Nov 1944||16 Feb 1945|
|4||T/Lt. George Gordon Chisholm, RNVR||16 Feb 1945|
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Notable events involving Herschell include:
9 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR), HMS Avon (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR) and HMS Herschell (T/Lt. J.E. Freestone, RNR). (1)
8 Mar 1944
HMS Unison (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) and HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. They were escorted HMS Herschell (T/Lt. J.E. Freestone, RNR) and HMS Daffodil (Cdr.(Retd.) S.F. Russell, RN). (2)
12 Mar 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish sea was made with HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN). They were escorted until 1120/14 by HMS Herschell (T/Lt. J.E. Freestone, RNR).
For the daily positions of HMS Vampire during this patrol see the map below.
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19214
- ADM 199/1815
- ADM 173/18698
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.