Allied Warships

HMS Tay (K 232)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 232 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Feb 1941 
Laid down10 Sep 1941 
Launched18 Mar 1942 
Commissioned5 Aug 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 28 September 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Tay (K 232)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Evan Sherwood, RNR8 May 194225 Jun 1945
2A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Atkinson, DSC, RNR25 Jun 19451 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Tay include:


30 Jan 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) and HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR). (1)

31 Jan 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (T/Lt. A.A. Campbell, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (1)

21 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Hollins, RN), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR), HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, RNR), HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR). (2)

5 May 1943
HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 92 survivors from the British merchant Gharinda that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-266 south of Cape Farewell in position 53°10'N, 44°40'W.

5 May 1943
The British merchant Selvistan is torpedoed and sunk south of Cape Farewell in position 53°10'N, 44°40'W by German U-boat U-266. HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr R.E. Sherwood, RNR) later picks up 40 survivors.

HMS Tay also picks up 12 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Bonde that is also torpedoed and sunk south of Cape Farewell in position 53°28'N, 44°20'W by German U-boat U-266.

6 May 1943
HMS Tay was part of convoy ONS-5 escort. Her Commander, Robert Sherwood, RNR, was given (from Cdr. Gretton, in destroyer HMS Duncan) the duty of Senior Officer Escort of the convoy, on May 3rd. Three days later, the corvette HMS Snowflake found U-125 just 100 meters away, badly damaged. The submarine's crew scuttled the boat, and another corvette, HMS Sunflower, turned up. When they were about to rescue the Germans, a regrettable order came from Sherwood: "Not approved to pick up survivors". So both corvettes made off, letting the entire crew of the submarine to perish in the cold waters.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17812
  2. ADM 173/17781

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


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