Allied Warships

HMS Herschell (T 289)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 289 
Built byGeorge T. Davie & Sons Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered8 Aug 1941 
Laid down20 Jan 1942 
Launched9 Nov 1942 
Commissioned29 May 1943 
End service 
HistorySold in 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Herschell (T 289)

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1T/Lt. Sir Joseph Herbert Spence Fayrer, DSC, RNVRMar 194314 Sep 1943
2J E Freestone, RNR14 Sep 194316 Nov 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Vivian Errol Bowyer, DSC, RNVR16 Nov 194416 Feb 1945
4T/Lt. George Gordon Chisholm, RNVR16 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.


4 May 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Olvina (A/Skr.Lt. C.G. Spillings, RNR) and HMS Herschell (T/Lt. J.E. Freestone, RNR). (4)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/19214
  3. ADM 199/1815
  4. ADM 173/18698

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

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