Allied Warships

HMS Castlenau (FY 355)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 355 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched 
CommissionedAug 1940 
End service 
History

Completed on 15 April 1918.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1940.
Displacement: 337 tons.

Returned to her owner in February 1946.
Scrapped at Antwerp, Belgium in June 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Castlenau (FY 355)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Skr. John Baxter, RNR11 Feb 1943Sep 1943
2T/Skr. Alexander Wood, RNRSep 194323 Mar 1944
3Skr. William George Mickleburgh, RNR23 Mar 194414 Jun 1944
4T/Skr. George Wood, RNR14 Jun 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Castlenau include:


28 Apr 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) departed Blyth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.G. Mickleburgh, RNR). (1)

30 Apr 1944
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.G. Mickleburgh, RNR). (2)

22 Jun 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) returns to Dundee. She is escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.G. Mickleburgh, RNR). (3)

24 Jun 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSO, RN) departed from Dundee for Scapa Flow. She is escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.G. Mickleburgh, RNR). (3)

25 Jun 1944
HMS Sportsman (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). (4)

7 Jul 1944
HMS Tuna (A/Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) departed Blyth for Port H.H.Z. She was escorted by HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR) until 1551/7 when HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.K. Mickleburgh, RNR) took over the escort. (5)

28 Jul 1944
HMS Tuna (A/Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) departed North Berwick for Port H.H.Z. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.K. Mickleburgh, RNR). (5)

18 Aug 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) departed Sheerness for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (Skr. W.K. Mickleburgh, RNR). (6)

25 Sep 1944
HNoMS Ula (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Sars) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). (7)

15 Oct 1944
HMS Tuna (A/Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) shifted from Blyth to Leith. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). (8)

18 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) departed Rothesay for Dundee. She made the passage together with HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). (9)

19 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) arrive at Tobermory. (9)

20 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) shifted from Tobemory to Loch Alsh. (9)

21 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) shifted from Loch Alsh to Stornoway. (9)

23 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) shifted from Stornoway to Loch Eriboll. (9)

24 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) departed Loch Eriboll to continue their passage to Dundee. (9)

25 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN), HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) and their escort HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR) arrived at Dundee. (9)

2 May 1945
HMS Surf (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). (10)

4 May 1945
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Scapa Flow together with HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). They were escorted by HMS Castlenau (T/Skr. G. Wood, RNR). (11)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19222
  2. ADM 173/18548
  3. ADM 173/19126
  4. ADM 173/18809
  5. ADM 173/18148
  6. ADM 173/19038
  7. ADM 199/1851
  8. ADM 173/19151
  9. File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. ADM 173/19787
  11. File 2.12.03.5656 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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