Allied Warships

HMS Englishman

Rescue Tug

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
Class[No specific class] 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched10 Jul 1937 
CommissionedFeb 1940 
Lost21 Jan 1941 

Completed in October 1937.
Displacement: 487 tons.

Bombed and sunk by German aircraft west of Tory island.


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Notable events involving Englishman include:

10 Jan 1940
In the evening, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Canton (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, RN) grounded in bad weather conditions on the west coast of Lewis Island, Hebrides.

She was able to get off the following morning but had sustained damage and was holed forward.

Around 1100Z/11, the armed merchant cruiser HMS California (Capt. C.J. Pope, RAN) joined to render assistance. She parted company around 1325Z/11, after the destroyers HMS Isis (Cdr. J.C. Clouston, RN) and HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. W. Kitcat, RN) had joined shortly before.

Around 1700Z/11, the destroyers HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN) also joined.

Around 2015Z/11, the tug HMS Bandit arrived. Later also the HMS Englishman joined.

Around 2110Z/11, HMS Isis and HMS Imperial parted company.

Around 1115Z/12, HMS Foresight obtained an A/S contact but lost it soon afterwards, no submarines were in the area so this mist have been a non-sub contact as no enemy submarines were in the immediate area.

The destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, RN) and HMS Fury (Cdr. G.F. Burghard, RN) arrived in the area to cover the passage of the damaged armed merchant cruiser to the Clyde.

Around 1215Z/13, HMS Canton arrived at Greenock. (1)


  1. ADM 53/111673

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

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