Allied Warships

HMS Akita (FY 610)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 610 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched23 Mar 1939 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in June 1939.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 314 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr AA gun.

Returned to her owner in October 1945.
Renamed Boston Heron in 1956.
Wrecked off Scalpay on 3 December 1962.

 

Commands listed for HMS Akita (FY 610)

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CommanderFromTo
1Ch.Skr. William Albert Watson, RNR11 Nov 19391 Aug 1940
2Skr. John Goodman, RNR1 Aug 1940Feb 1941
3Skr.Lt. William Albert Watson, DSC, RNRFeb 1941late 1944
4Skr. Graham Smith Burr, RNRlate 194429 Jan 1945
5T/Skr. Thomas Henry Roskell, RNR29 Jan 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Akita include:


3 Mar 1940
HMS Akita (Ch.Skr. W.A. Watson, DSC, RNR) picks up 2 survivors from the British merchant Cato that sank after hitting a mine laid the previous day by German U-boat U-29 2.5 nautical miles west of Nash Point in the Bristol Channel in position 51°24'N, 03°37'W.


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