Allied Warships

HMS Alecto (J 10)

Submarine Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantJ 10 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down9 Feb 1911 
Launched29 Aug 1911 
Commissioned20 Jun 1912 
End service 
History

Displacement: 935 tons.
Speed: 11 knots.
Complement: 76 men.

Served as a Submarine Depot Ship at Portsmouth in 1939 and 1940. Transferred to boom defence duties in 1940.

Scrapped at Faslane on 7 July 1949.

 

Commands listed for HMS Alecto (J 10)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Mark Taylor Collier, RN1 Feb 193821 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, RN21 Nov 19391 Apr 1940
3Cdr. Roderick Latimer Mackenzie Edwards, RN1 Apr 194011 Jul 1940
4Cdr. Robert Michael Gore Gambier, RN11 Jul 194020 Feb 1942
5Lt.Cdr. Thomas John Tressider Corfield Jenks, RNearly 1941early 1941

6Cdr. John Ronald Stewart Brown, RN20 Feb 1942early 1943

7Lt.Cdr. Hubert Anthony Lucius Marsham, OBE, RN4 Mar 194323 Aug 1943
8Cdr. (retired) Kenneth Morland Greig, DSO, DSC, RN23 Aug 194320 Jan 1944
9A/Capt. (retired) Arthur Louis Sanders, RN20 Jan 194424 Aug 1944
10Cdr. (retired) Evelyn Seccombe Felton, RN24 Aug 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Alecto include:


24 Aug 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) proceeded from Tobermory to Oban escorted by HMS Martinetta (T/S.Lt. J.A. Brightman, RNVR) and after embarking fuel and fresh water they returned to Tobermory together with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (1)

27 Aug 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (1)

9 Sep 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Oban together with HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) under escort by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (2)

10 Sep 1940
In the afternoon HMS H 32 (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) both shifted from Oban back to Tobermory under escort by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (2)

1 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted practice attacks off Tobermory on HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). Upon completion of these exercises both ships proceeded to Oban. (3)

2 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) both proceeded from Oban to Tobemory. (3)

15 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) proceeded from Tobemory to Oban. Both returned to Tobermory later the same day. (3)

5 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban to fuel and then back to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (4)

2 Jan 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. Upon completion of these she proceeded towards Rothesay together with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (5)

19 Apr 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) departed the Devonport Dockyard for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (6)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (7)

25 Jun 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse

Later practice attacks were made on HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) and her escort which was made up of HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse and FFS La Moqueuse. (8)

30 Jun 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. During this passage she was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (9)

4 Aug 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban to embark fuel there. She was escorted by HMS Martinetta (T/Lt. J.A. Brightman, RNVR).

After embarking fuel she returned to Tobermory escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (10)

21 Aug 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). These included (a) practice attack(s). (11)

2 Sep 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (12)

3 Sep 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (13)

7 Sep 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). These included (a) practice attack(s). (14)

23 Sep 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted practice attacks near Tobermory. HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) served as target vessel. (13)

15 Oct 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She is escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (15)

11 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). These included night exercises during the night of 11/12 December 1941. (16)

15 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (16)

16 Dec 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) arrived at Rothesay. She departed for her 9th war patrol after only a few hours in port. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR) until 0700/17 when HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) took over the escort until 0500/19 while off Wolf Rock. (17)

3 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN), HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (18)

4 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN), HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) and their escort HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) put into Milford Haven due to heavy weather and damage to HMS Alecto. (18)

5 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN), HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) and their escort HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) departed Milford Haven to continue her passage to Rothesay. (18)

6 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN), HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) and their escort HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) arrive at Rothesay. (18)

9 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (19)

17 Feb 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) and FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN). (20)

24 Feb 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (21)

7 May 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (22)

8 May 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (22)

10 May 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (22)

11 May 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR), HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN), HMS La Flore and HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (22)

8 Jun 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) conducted practice attacks in Inchmarnock Water on HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (23)

26 Jun 1942
During the morning HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Orion (Capt. G.C.P. Menzies, RN). During the afternoon she carried out exercises with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (24)

29 Jun 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (22)

30 Jun 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (22)

1 Jul 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (25)

2 Jul 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (25)

3 Jul 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (25)

5 Jul 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN) and HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). (25)

6 Jul 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN) and HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). These included night exercises. (25)

7 Jul 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN) and HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). (25)

15 Mar 1943
HMS Trespasser (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed Rothesay for Port HHZ. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN). (26)

28 Mar 1943
HMS Una (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) until 0915/30 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (27)

14 Jul 1943
At 0500 hours, off Eddrachillis Bay, HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) took over escort of HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) from HMS ML 235 (T/S.Lt. R.R. Kern, RNVR).

Stonehenge arrived at Scapa Flow later on the same day. At Scapa Flow she was to participate in A/S exercises. (28)

14 Jul 1943
HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) departed Scapa flow for Holy Loch. She makes the passage together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) and FFS Curie. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN). (29)

3 Nov 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Port HHX for Kames Bay. She had X-craft X 23 in tow and was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN). (30)

21 Nov 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Kames Bay for Port HHX. She made the passage towing X-craft X 25. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr.(Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (30)

24 Nov 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Port HHX to return to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 25. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (30)

29 Nov 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Kames Bay for Port HHX. She made the passage towing X-craft X 20. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (30)

2 Dec 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Port HHX to return to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 20. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN). (31)

13 Dec 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Kames Bay for Port HHX. She made the passage towing X-craft X 24. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN). (31)

16 Dec 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Port HHX to return to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 24. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN). (31)

29 Dec 1944
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Kames Bay for exercises in Loch Linnhe. She made the passage towing X-craft X 23. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN). (31)

6 Jan 1945
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Kames Bay for exercises in the Sound of Jura. She made the passage towing X-craft X 23. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr.(Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (32)

13 Feb 1945
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Kames Bay for exercises in the Firth of Lorne. She made the passage towing X-craft X 23. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr.(Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (33)

16 Feb 1945
HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) shifted from Port HHX to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 23. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr.(Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (33)

20 Feb 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Kames Bay for exercises in the Firth of Lorne. She made the passage towing X-craft X 21. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (33)

23 Feb 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) shifted from Port HHX to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 21. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (33)

28 Feb 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Kames Bay for exercises in the Firth of Lorne. She made the passage towing X-craft X 25. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (33)

3 Mar 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) shifted from Port HHX to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 25. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (34)

14 Mar 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Kames Bay for exercises in the Firth of Lorne. She made the passage towing X-craft X 20. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (34)

17 Mar 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) shifted from Port HHX to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 20. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (34)

21 Mar 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Kames Bay for exercises in the Firth of Lorne. She made the passage towing X-craft X 24. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (34)

24 Mar 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) shifted from Port HHX to Kames Bay. She made the passage towing X-craft X 24. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (34)

30 Mar 1945
HMS P 614 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Kames Bay for Barrow. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (Retd.) E.S. Felton, RN). (34)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16288
  3. ADM 173/16333
  4. ADM 173/16281
  5. File 2.12.03.6366 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/16817
  7. File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 173/16819
  9. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  11. ADM 173/16763
  12. ADM 173/16822
  13. ADM 173/16862
  14. ADM 173/16764
  15. ADM 173/16776
  16. ADM 173/16825
  17. ADM 199/400
  18. ADM 199/424
  19. ADM 173/17313
  20. File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  21. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  22. ADM 173/17337
  23. File 2.12.03.6370 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  24. ADM 173/17202
  25. ADM 173/17338
  26. ADM 173/18253
  27. ADM 199/1817
  28. ADM 173/18115
  29. ADM 173/18191
  30. ADM 173/18582
  31. ADM 173/18583
  32. ADM 173/19514
  33. ADM 173/19515
  34. ADM 173/19516

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


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