Allied Warships

HMS John Cattling (FY 536)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 536 
Built byBow McLachlan & Co. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched12 Apr 1918 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 

Completed on 29 April 1918.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 276 tons.

Returned to her owner in July 1945.


Commands listed for HMS John Cattling (FY 536)

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1T/Skr. George William Aldan, RNR30 Jan 194013 Sep 1940
2Skr. George Robert Burwood, RNR13 Sep 19404 Apr 1941
3Ch.Skr. Albert Winterburn Bowles, RNR4 Apr 194130 May 1941
4Skr. Tom Smith, RNR30 May 1941late 1942
5T/Skr. Joseph Thomas Arnold, RNRlate 194231 Dec 1943
6T/Skr. Bertram Carlton, RNR31 Dec 19435 Sep 1944
7T/Skr. Alfred Halliwell, DSC, RNR5 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving John Cattling include:

24 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) damaged her Asdic dome when she hit a submerged object. Her A/S Cabinet was flooded and she was unable to dive. She put into Dover to inspect the damage. She continued her passage to the Chatham Dockyard early the next day escorted by the MS trawler HMS John Cattling (Skr. G.R. Burwood, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/16833

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

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