Allied Warships

HMS Milford Queen (FY 615)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 615 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched18 Oct 1917 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 
History

Completed on 26 January 1918.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 280 tons.

Returned to her owner in December 1945.
Renamed Milburn in 1948.
Scrapped in 1960.

 

Commands listed for HMS Milford Queen (FY 615)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Skr. Frederick James Burgess, RNR4 May 1940mid 1940

2T/Skr. Robert Herbert Soanes, DSC, RNR26 Sep 194018 Dec 1941
3T/Skr. Alexander Smith Dorward, RNR18 Dec 19417 Sep 1945
4Skr. John Reed, RNR7 Sep 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Milford Queen include:


18 May 1940

Operation Quixote.

Cutting of underwater telephone lines between Scandinavia and the U.K.

On 18 May 1940 the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Cape Melville (Ch.Skr. A. Flaws, RNR), HMS Grampian (Lt.Cdr. A. Longmuir, RNR), HMS James Lay (Skr. W.H. Makings, RNR), HMS Milford Princess (T/Skr. J.W. Cook, RNR), HMS Milford Queen (T/Skr. F.J. Burgess, RNR) and HMS Pelton (Skr. J.A. Sutherland, RNR) departed Harwich to cut underwater telephone cables. They were escorted by the patrol vessel HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) D.F. Beattie, RN). Cover for the operation was provided by the destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN).


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