Allied Warships

HMS Darthema (FY 676)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 676 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched12 Feb 1929 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed in April 1929.
Taken over by the Admiralty in October 1939.
Displacement: 373 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr AA gun.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Scrapped at Peterhead in late 1954.


Commands listed for HMS Darthema (FY 676)

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1A G Edwards, RNR11 Oct 1939Aug 1940
2Lt.Cdr. John Cecil Benson, RNVRAug 1940mid 1941
3T/Lt. Walter William South, RNVRmid 1941mid 1942
4T/Lt. Philip Edward Jull, RNVRmid 19423 Nov 1942
5T/Lt. John Peacock, RNVR3 Nov 194210 Feb 1943
6T/Lt. Carl Brunning, RNVR10 Feb 194320 Jan 1945
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. Cecil Norman Nicholas Edge, DSC, RNVR20 Jan 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Darthema include:

19 Feb 1944
HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Yarmouth for Plymouth. She made the passage together with the French submarine FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot). They were escorted by HMS Darthema (T/Lt. C. Brunning, RNVR). (1)

20 Nov 1944
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR) departed Portsmouth for Fishguard. She was escorted by HMS Darthema (T/Lt. C. Brunning, RNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/19056
  2. ADM 173/19165

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

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