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  British and Other Navies in World War 2 Day-by-Day
by Don Kindell

ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, January 1942 (Part 1 of 4)

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS King George V, battleship (Maritime Quest, click to enlarge

on to Part 2, Nore, Dover, Portsmouth, Plymouth Commands

 

(for more ship information, go to Naval History Homepage and type name in Site Search)

 

Contents

 

HOME WATERS, Part 1
Home Fleet - Iceland Command - Orkney and Shetland Command - Rosyth Command

 


 

 

 

 

 

HOME FLEET

(Admiral Sir J C Tovey KCB, DSO)

 

 

Second Battle Squadron (Admiral Sir J C Tovey KCB, DSO) - battleship KING GEORGE V (Flagship Tovey, Capt W R Patterson CB, CVO) arr Scapa Flow 30 Nov

 

Battleships - DUKE OF YORK (Capt C H I Harcourt CBE) dep the Clyde 13 Dec for Chesapeake Bay, RODNEY (Capt J W Rivett-Carnac DSC) arr Scapa Flow 22 Dec, (refits and repairs), NELSON (Cdr D C Hill, Capt H B Jacomb from Mar) at Rosyth for refit, to comp at the end of Mar

 

Battle Cruiser Squadron - Battlecruiser RENOWN (Flagship Vice Admiral Commanding 2nd Battle Squadron and 2nd in Command, Home Fleet Vice Admiral A T B Curteis CB, temp in DUNLUCE CASTLE, Capt C S Daniel CBE, DSO) arr Iceland 22 Dec

 

Detached Battleship - MALAYA (Capt C Coppinger DSC) to Force H

 

Aircraft carriers (administered by Vice Admiral 2nd Battle Squadron) - VICTORIOUS (Capt H C Bovell CBE) arr Scapa Flow 30 Nov, (refits and repairs), FURIOUS (Capt T O Bulteel) arr Philadelphia 7 Oct, to compmid Mar

 

First Cruiser Squadron (Rear Admiral W F Wake-Walker CB, CBE) - heavy cruisers BERWICK (Capt G H Faulkner DSC) arr Iceland 23 Dec, CUMBERLAND (Capt A H Maxwell-Hyslop AM) arr Seidisfjord 25 Dec, KENT (Capt A E M Cunninghame-Graham) arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan, NORFOLK (Flag 1st Cruiser Squadron, Capt A J L Phillips DSO) arr Iceland 1 Jan, (refits and repairs), LONDON (Capt R M Servaes CBE) at Tyne repairing to comp 22 Jan, SHROPSHIRE (Capt J T Borrett OBE) at Chatham refitting to comp mid Feb, SUSSEX (Cdr P W W Wootten) at Greenock in care and maintenance Status, repairing to comp 9 Aug, SUFFOLK (Capt R M Ellis DSO) at Tyne repairing to comp 14 Jan

 

Second Cruiser Squadron (administered by 10th Cruiser Squadron) - light cruiser ARETHUSA (Capt A C Chapman) arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan

 

Tenth Cruiser Squadron (Rear Admiral J M Burrough CB) light cruisers KENYA (Capt M M Denny CB) arr Scapa Flow 28 Dec, NIGERIA (Flag, Capt J G L Dundas CBE) arr Scapa Flow 24 Dec, TRINIDAD (Capt L S Saunders) arr Scapa Flow 7 Nov

 

Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron (Rear Admiral E N Syfret, Rear Admiral S S Bonham-Carter CB, CVO, DSO from 13 Jan) - light cruisers EDINBURGH (Flag 18th Cruiser Squadron) arr Murmansk 20 Dec, SHEFFIELD (Capt A W Clarke) arr Scapa Flow 20 Dec, (refits and repairs), MANCHESTER (Capt H Drew DSC) arr Philadelphia 23 Sep for repairs to comp 15 Feb

 

Cruisers (trials and working up) - light cruiser CHARYBDIS (Capt L D Mackintosh DSC) at the Clyde, CLEOPATRA (Capt M S Slattery) arr Scapa Flow 10 Dec

 

Detached Cruiser - light cruiser LIVERPOOL (Capt S F Slayter DSO) at the Clyde repairing to comp 20 Jan

 

Destroyer Depot Ship - TYNE (Flagship Rear Admiral Destroyers, Rear Admiral L H K Hamilton DSO, Capt C Caslon CBE) at Scapa Flow

 

3rd Destroyer Flotilla- INGLEFIELD (Capt D.3 Capt P Todd DSO) arr Scapa Flow 13 Dec, ECHO (Lt Cdr C H de B Newby), ESCAPADE (Lt Cdr E N V Currey DSC), both arr Murmansk 20 Dec, ICARUS (Lt Cdr C D Maud DSC) arr Seidisfjord 25 Dec, IMPULSIVE (Lt Cdr W S Thomas DSC, Lt Cdr N Lanyon from Jan) at Portsmouth, INTREPID (Cdr J H Lewes) arr Scapa Flow 13 Dec, (refits and repairs), ECLIPSE (Lt Cdr J T Clark, Lt Cdr E Mack DSC from 10 Jan) at Humber refitting to comp 17 Jan

 

6th Destroyer Flotilla - ASHANTI (Cdr R G Onslow), BEDOUIN (Cdr B G Scurfield OBE, AM), ESKIMO (Cdr E G Le Geyt), all arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan, MATABELE (Cdr A C Stanford DSC) arr Rosyth 30 Dec, SOMALI (Capt D.6 Capt D.K Bain) arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan, TARTAR (Cdr L P Skipwith) arr Seidisfjord 25 Dec, (refits and repairs), PUNJABI (Cdr S A Buss MVO, Cdr the Hon J M G Waldegrave DSO Rtd from 14 Jan) at Tyne repairing to comp 24 Jan

 

8th Destroyer Flotilla

15th Division - FAULKNOR (Capt D.8, Capt A F Salis DSO, Capt A K Scott-Moncrieff from 27 Jan), FORESTER (Lt Cdr E B Tancock DSC, Lt Cdr G P Huddart from Jan), both at Scapa Flow

16th Division - FORESIGHT (Cdr J S C Salter OBE,at Scapa Flow (refits and repairs), FURY (Lt Cdr T C Robinson, Lt Cdr C H Campbell DSC from 13 Jan) at Humber refitting to comp 25 Jan

 

17th Destroyer Flotilla - MARNE (Lt Cdr H N A Richardson DSC), OFFA (Lt Cdr R A Ewing), ONSLOW (Capt D.17 Capt H T Armstrong DSC), all arr Hvalfiord 2 Jan, ORIBI (Cdr J E H McBeath DSO DSC) arr Scapa Flow 28 Dec

 

Destroyers (working up or to work up) - CALPE (Lt Cdr J H Wallace), CHIDDINGFOLD (Act/Lt Cdr L W L Argles, promoted to Lt Cdr 1 Feb), both at Scapa Flow, PYTCHLEY (Lt Cdr H Unwin DSC) arr Humber 1 Jan

 

Destroyers (refits and repairs), NORMAN (Cdr H M Burrell RAN) at Southampton refitting to comp 4 Jan, TETCOTT (Lt H R Rycroft) at Clyde refitting.

 

Destroyer Depot Ships - BLENHEIM (Capt H B Jacomb) at North Shields fitting out to comp 10 Jan, PHILOCTETES (Capt T K Maxwell Rtd) at Belfast fitting out 6 Jan. Allocated to Freetown

 

Armed Merchant Cruisers (for working up) - CAPE SABLE (Act/Cdr R S Barry) at Scapa Flow, CITY OF DURBAN (Act/Capt H G Hopper) dep Rosyth 1 Jan

 

 

Submarine Command

(Flag Officer Submarines Admiral Sir Max K Horton KCB DSO)

 

3rd Submarine Flotilla - submarine depot ship FORTH (Capt S 3 Capt H M C Ionides) at the Clyde, tender DWARF (no CO listed) at Dunoon, yacht WHITE BEAR (Cdr C C Fleming Rtd) arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan, submarines TIGRIS (Cdr H F Bone DSO, DSC, Lt Cdr L W Napier from Jan) dep Scapa Flow 19 Dec, TUNA (Lt M B St John) arr Clyde 30 Dec

 

Attached to 3rd Submarine Flotilla (for Escort Duties) - French sloop LA CAPRICIEUSE (Lt Cdr G W Dobson RNR) arr Milford Haven 25 Dec

 

Also 3rd Flotilla Submarine (refits and repairs) - TRIDENT (Cdr G M Sladen DSC, Lt Cdr G D A Gregory DSO from 1 Jan) at Blyth repairing to comp 5 Jan

 

Attached Submarines – P.511 (former American R 3, Lt B G Heslop DSC), P.551 (former American S.25, loaned to Poland as JASTRZAB, Lt Cdr Boleslaw Romanowski ORP), both at Holy Loch, P.611 (former Turkish ORUC REIS, Lt Cdr W S Hall, provisionally commanded both P.611 and P.612 during construction), P.612 (former Turkish MURAT REIS, Lt Cdr W S Hall), both under construction at Barrow, returned to Turkey on completion, sailed for Turkey on 26 Mar via Gibraltar

 

5th Submarine Flotilla - submarine depot ship DOLPHIN (Capt S 5 Rear Admiral R B Darke DSO Rtd) at Gosport, submarines SEALION (Lt G R Colvin) dep Polyarnoe 21 Dec, SEAWOLF (Lt R P Raikes) arr Polyarnoe 20 Dec, STURGEON (Lt M R G Wingfield) dep Scapa Flow 1 Jan, URSULA (Lt I L M McGeoch) arr Portsmouth 30 Dec

 

5th Submarine Flotilla (non-operational) - submarines P.38 (Lt R J Hemingway DSC) at Portsmouth. to join 10th Submarine Flotilla 3 Jan, P.614 (former Turkish BURAC REIS, Lt D J Beckley) under construction at Barrow, PANDORA (Lt R L Alexander) at New London, USA, dep 8 Jan for Halifax and Gibraltar to work up, REGENT (Lt W N R Knox DSC) arr Portsmouth 20 Dec, sailed for USA about 14 Jan, TEMPEST (Lt Cdr W A K N Cavaye) at Holyhead, dep for Gibraltar 3 Jan to work up, TURBULENT (Cdr J W Linton DSC) at Rothesay, dep for Gibraltar 3 Jan to work up, French CREOLE at Swansea “future uncertain”, JUNON (CF J Querville FFN) arr Falmouth 1 Jan, ONDINE, ORION, both at Portsmouth in reserve, Norwegian UREDD (Lt R O Roren RNorN) at Rothesay, to join 9th Submarine Flotilla about 2 Jan

 

Also 5th Flotilla Submarines (refits and repairs) - GRAPH (Lt E D Norman DSO DSC) at Barrow repairing to comp end of Feb, PARTHIAN (Lt Cdr D St Clair Ford) arr Portsmouth NH 16 Sep, to comp 30 Jan, RORQUAL (Lt L W Napier) at Plymouth refitting to comp end of Apr, SUNFISH at Portsmouth in dockyard control for repairs, TAKU (Lt Cdr J G Hopkins) at Chatham repairing to comp 17 Jan

 

6th Submarine Flotilla (Cdr G C Phillips, SO Submarines ashore at Blyth) - depot ship ELFIN (Cdr H B Wollocombe Rtd, Cdr F W S Gleed Rtd from 23 Jan, L.23 (Lt T E Barlow, Lt R J Clutterbuck from 10 Jan), both at Blyth

 

Also 6th Flotilla Submarine (refits and repairs) - TRIBUNE (Lt J H Bromage DSC, Lt G D N Milner DSC from 11 Jan) at Tyne repairing

 

9th Submarine Flotilla (Capt S.9, Capt J G Roper OBE, Act/Capt H V King from 21 Jan ashore at Dundee) - parent ship AMBROSE (Cdr C M Stack Rtd) at Dundee, yacht CUTTY SARK (Cdr R H Mack Rtd) arr Clyde 30 Dec, anti-submarine trawlers LOCH MONTEITH (Ty/Lt K W Richardson RNR) arr Dundee 31 Dec, submarines P.37 (Lt H Winter) at Scapa Flow, Dutch O.14 (Lt Cdr G Quint, RNethN) arr Scapa Flow 29 Dec, O.21 (Lt Cdr J F Van Dulm, RNethN) arr Rosyth 30 Dec

 

Also 9th flotilla Submarines (refits and repairs) - Dutch O.23 (Lt Cdr G B M van Erkel RNethN) refitting to comp 15 Jan, French MINERVE (LV P Sonneville FFN) repairing, RUBIS (LV H Rousselot FFN) repairing to comp 4 Jan, all at Dundee

 

Submarine Depot Ship - Dutch COLUMBIA (Dutch crew) at Dundee

 

First Minelaying Squadron (under Admiralty orders) - minelayers ADVENTURE (Capt N V Grace) arr Loch Alsh 1 Jan, AGAMEMNON (Capt F Ratsey Rtd) arr Loch Alsh 20 Dec, MENESTHEUS (Capt J S Crawford DSO, Capt R H F De Salis OBE, DSC Rtd from 15 Jan) arr Loch Alsh 11 Dec, SOUTHERN PRINCE (Flag Rear Admiral Minelaying, Rear Admiral R L Burnett OBE, Act/Capt J Cresswell) arr Loch Alsh 23 Dec

 

Also 1st Squadron Minelayer (refits and repairs) - PORT QUEBEC (Capt E C Wilson Rtd) at Southampton refitting to comp 19 Jan

 

Detached Minelayer - TEVIOT BANK (Cdr R D King-Harman DSO, DSC Rtd) dep Singapore 31 Dec for Trincomalee, via Batavia.

 

Fast Minelayers - MANXMAN (Capt R K Dickson) arr Liverpool 24 Dec, WELSHMAN (Capt W H D Friedberger) arr Loch Alsh 25 Dec.

 

Attached destroyers (under orders and administered by Rear Admiral Minelaying)

17th Destroyer Division - LANCASTER (Act/Cdr N H Whatley dep Loch Alsh 27 Dec, due Clyde 4 Jan, NEWARK (Lt Cdr R H W Atkins, Lt Cdr T A Pack-Beresford from Jan) arr Loch Alsh 2 Jan, ST MARYS (Lt Cdr K H J L Phibbs) dep Loch Alsh 27 Dec

 

Destroyers (refits and repairs) - BRIGHTON (Cdr C W V T S Lepper Rtd) at Clyde repairing to comp 10 Feb, CASTLETON (Lt Cdr C R Purse, Emgcy/Lt Cdr R H Bristowe DSO from 31 Jan) at Newport, care and maintenance, repairs to comp 20 Feb, CHARLESTOWN (Lt Cdr T Johnston) at Grimsby refitting to comp 14 Jan, WELLS (Lt L J Pearson) at Loch Alsh undergoing temporary repairs.

 

1st Minesweeping Flotilla (administered by Rear Admiral Destroyers and operated by C-in-C Home Fleet) - minesweepers s BRAMBLE (SO, Capt J H F Crombie) dep Murmansk 1 Jan, BRITOMART (Lt Cdr S S Stammwitz) dep Scapa Flow 19 Dec, HAZARD (Lt Cdr J R A Seymour) arr Murmansk 20 Dec, HEBE (Lt Cdr J B G Temple DSC) arr Murmansk 26 Dec, LEDA (Cdr A D H Jay) arr Murmansk 13 Dec, SEAGULL(Lt Cdr C H Pollock) dep Murmansk 29 Dec, SHARPSHOOTER (Lt Cdr D Lampen) arr Murmansk 1 Jan, SPEEDY (Lt Cdr A E Doran) dep Murmansk 29 Dec

 

6th Minesweeping Flotilla (administered by Rear Admiral Destroyers and operated by C-in-C Home Fleet) - minesweepers s HALCYON (Act/Ty/Lt Cdr H Harding RNR), HARRIER (SO, Cdr E P Hinton MVO, DSO), both arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan, NIGER (Cdr A J Cubison DSC Rtd) arr Dundee 28 Dec, SALAMANDER (Lt W R Muttram) dep Scapa Flow 19 Dec, SPEEDWELL (Lt Cdr J J Youngs OBE RNR) arr Scapa Flow 1 Jan

 

Also 6th Flotilla Minesweepers (refits and repairs) - GOSSAMER (Lt Cdr T C Crease) at London repairing to comp 29 Jan, HUSSAR (Lt Cdr D H P Gardiner DSC, Lt R C Biggs DSC from 13 Jan) at Hartlepool repairing to comp 25 Jan

 

Auxiliary Netlayer - BRITTANY (Cdr C Euman Rtd) at Rosyth fitting out to comp mid Jan

 

Fleet tugs - BANDIT (Ty/Lt J T Horsman RNR) at Scapa Flow, BUCCANEER (Lt Cdr S E Veal MBE) at Montrose ashore.

 

 

Western Patrol

(administered by Senior Officer Western Approaches under Flag Officer in charge Greenock)

 

Ocean Boarding Vessels - CAVINA (Cdr C B Osborne RD RNR) arr Clyde 17 Dec, MARON (Cdr J H Blair DSC RD Rtd RNR) dep Clyde 15 Dec, MARSDALE (Act/Cdr D H F Armstrong RD RNR dep St John, NB on 26 Dec, French LARGS (Cdr E A Divers RD RNR) at Avonmouth, (refits and repairs), CORINTHIAN (Act/Cdr E J R Pollit RNR at London refitting to comp 6 Feb, HILARY (Cdr T L Owen RD RNR) at Southampton repairing to comp 3 Jan, REGISTAN (no CO listed) at Falmouth repairing.

 

 

ICELAND COMMAND

(Flag officer in charge Rear Admiral F H G Dalrymple-Hamilton)

 

 

Accommodation and Base Accounting Ship - BALDUR (Cdr R H Lilley DSC Rtd) at Reykjavik

 

Destroyer Depot Ship - HECLA (Capt C G C Coltart CVO, ADC) at Iceland

 

Patrol Vessels - Norwegian H J BULL at Reykjavik, NORDKAPP at Scapa Flow, VESTFJORD at Reykjavik, (all Norwegian crews)

 

10th Anti-submarine Group - anti-submarine whalers BUTTERMERE (Lt G W Farrow RNR) arr Seidisfjord 14 Nov, THIRLMERE (Ty/Lt P G L King RNVR) arr Iceland 15 Nov, WASTWATER (Ty/Lt J H L May RNVR arr Iceland 1 Dec, WINDERMERE (Act/Skipper Lt J Mawer RNR at Liverpool

 

15th Anti-submarine Group - anti-submarine whalers SEALYHAM (Ty/Lt C E Jefferson RNR), SOUTHERN FLOWER (Sub Lt (E) B Josephsen RNVR), SOUTHERN SHORE (Ty/Sub Lt (E) O A Hansen RNR), all at Iceland, SPOSA (Ty/Lt G D Cowley RNVR) at Aberdeen refitting.

 

21st Anti-submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers BUTE (Act/Ty/Lt A F W Boumphrey RNVR) dep Murmansk 29 Nov, ELM (Ty/Lt E W C Dempster RNVR arr Hvalfiord 26 Oct, HAZEL (Ty/Lt R Dwyer RNR) at Clyde refitting to comp end of Feb, WHITETHORN (Ty/Lt W J Griffiths RNR) at Ardrossan, WISTARIA (Act/Skipper Lt A S H Robb RNR) at Iceland

 

41st Anti-submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers HUGH WALPOLE (SO, Ty/Lt P O Elliott RNR) dep Iceland 26 Dec, CAPE ARGONA (Ty/Lt R G Wallace RNR) at Iceland, STELLA CAPELLA (Lt W L Sadgrove RANVR) dep Murmansk 29 Nov

 

42nd Anti-submarine Group (accounts to BALDUR on leaving UK) - anti-submarine trawlers BLACKFLY (S O, Ty/Lt A P Hughes RNR), CAPE MARIATO (Ty/Lt H T S Clouston RNR), PAYNTER (Lt R H Nossiter RANVR), all dep Clyde 1 Jan for Iceland

 

Minesweeping Group 137 - minesweeping trawlers EBOR WYKE (Ty/Skipper S Smith RNR), VARANGA (Ty/Lt G C Crowley RNVR), both at Iceland

 

106th Motor Launch Flotilla - ML.1026, ML.1043, ML.1045, ML.1067, all at Iceland

 

Local Defence Trawlers - trawlers BUSH (Ty/Skipper D Stather RNR) at Aberdeen refitting to comp early Jan, CARENCY (Skipper W Reaich RNR) at Iceland, DOROTHY GRAY (Act/Ty/Lt G A Peat RNVR at Seidisfiord, DUCHESS DE BRABANT (Skipper B Truefitt RNR) at Reykjavik, GREAT ADMIRAL (Ty/Skipper D Nolan RNR) at Iceland, SABINA (Ty/Sub Lt G J Bates RNVR) at Hrutafjord, STRATHELLA (Ty/Sub Lt D T Quine RNVR) at Akureyri, TRITELLA (Ty/Lt E C O M Raymond RNVR) at Reydarfiord, VIKING DEEPS (Ty/Sub Lt F C Whorrall RNVR) at Akureyri, Belgian EDOUARD VAN VLAENDEREN at Reykjavik, VAN OOST at Reydarfiord (both Belgian crews)

 

Whalers - Norwegian FARSUND, SVOLVAER (both Norwegian crews), both at Iceland

 

Trawlers - Norwegian trawler ARNVID at Faroes, HONNINGSVAAG at Humber on anti-submarine conversion to comp mid Feb (both Norwegian crews)

 

Yacht - ZITA (Ty/Lt E Searle RNR) at Iceland

 

Coast Watching Service - Belgian ship SKYRACK (Act/Ty/Lt Cdr A B Lee DSC RNR) at Barry repairing to comp 12 Jan

 

Ferry Service - Ferry SANDOY (no CO listed) at Reykjavik

 

Examination Service Vessels - DORADE II (Ty/Skipper J F Nuttall RNR), HINBA (Ty/Sub Lt R S Seymour RNVR), French GEORGE LEVADIER (French crew), all at Reykjavik

 

Boom Carrier - LEONIAN (Cdr P Fletcher (acting, ret)) at Hvalfiord

 

Boom Defence Vessels - BARBRIDGE (Ty/Lt R B Robinson RNR) at Oban fitting out, BARCLIFFE (Ty/Lt C G L Martin RNR), BARRHEAD (Ty/Lt W J Hughes RNR), BARRINGTON (Ty/Lt J R Hayward RNR), JAMES BARRIE (Ty/Warrant Engineer W H Manning), SILANION (Ty/Warrant Mechanician E G Pickford), all at Hvalfiord

 

Norwegian Motor Fishing Vessels - ANDHOLMAN, DISKO, ENOS, GAAPAA, HAVTOR, JOKULL, KORALEN, MERKUR, NORNES, RUNDHORN, all at Iceland, SJOGUTTEN at Wick, VAAGSFJIORD, WIKEN both at Iceland (all Norwegian crews)

 

 

ORKNEY AND SHETLAND COMMAND

(Flag of Admiral Commanding Vice Admiral L V Wells CB, DSO, ashore at Lyness)

 

 

Base and Accommodation ship - IRON DUKE (Flag Rear Admiral Scapa and Admiral Superintendent Lyness, Rear Admiral P Macnamara CB, CBE Rtd, for vessels of Auxiliary Patrol, Scapa Flow), DUNLUCE CASTLE (Flag 2nd in command Home Fleet, Vice Admiral A T B Curteis CB, temporarily on board, base ship for anti-submarine and balloon trawlers), both at Scapa Flow

 

Controlled Minelayer – M.2 (no CO listed) at Scapa Flow

 

Northern Patrol Trawlers - armed boarding vessels CAPE PALLISER (Lt B R Wortley RNR) at sea, CAPE PORTLAND (Lt A Branson RNR), KINGSTON AGATE (Lt H O L’Estrange RNR), KINGSTON AMBER (Ty/Lt B H C Rodgers RNR), all at Kirkwall, LORD AUSTIN (Lt N P McLeod RNR, Ty/Lt O B Egjar RNR from 11 Feb) at sea, LORD MIDDLETON (Ty/Lt R H Jameson RNR) at Kirkwall, NORTHERN CHIEF (Lt N L Knight RNR) at Grimsby refitting to comp 10 Jan, NORTHERN DUKE (Lt N P McLeod RNR), NORTHERN FOAM (Ty/Lt M Todd RNR), both at sea, NORTHERN GIFT (Lt N Acon RNR, Ty/Lt J Clemence RNR from 3 Jan) at Grimsby refitting to comp 4 Feb, NORTHERN ISLES (Lt A G Scott RNR) at sea, NORTHERN PRINCESS (Lt Cdr D B Phillipson RNR) at Kirkwall, NORTHERN REWARD (Lt C N Stewart RNR), NORTHERN SKY (Ty/Lt R A Harman RNVR), NORTHERN SUN (Ty/Lt G T S Clampitt RNR, Ty/Lt W G N Aplin from Jan), VASCAMA Lt R Walgate RNR), all at sea, VISENDA (Ty/Lt S F Archer RNR) at Kirkwall.

 

 

Faroe Islands

 

Base Ship - NORTHMAN at Faroes

 

Local Defence Trawlers - BUCHANS II at Faroes, NORTHMAN at Aberdeen

 

Motor Fishing Vessel – Norwegian ARNVID at Faroes

 

Whalers - Norwegian HORTEN at Peterhead, ISOR at Faroes

 

Salvage Tender - WILLIAM H HASTIE at Aberdeen paid off

 

 

Sullom Voe, Shetlands

 

Drifters (armed) - HARMATTAN, SEABREEZE, both at Sullom Voe

 

Harbour Defence Patrol Craft - patrol craft ALIPED V, LEA RIG, both at Scalloway

 

Naval Auxiliary Boat - HAZELBANK at Sullom Voe

 

Motor Craft - JOEY at Sullom Voe, MIZPAH at Lerwick

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF high speed launches No.115, No.117 repairing, both at Lerwick

 

 

Lerwick, Shetlands

 

Base ship - FOX at Lerwick, also for Examination duties

 

22nd Motor Launch Flotilla (to assemble at Peterhead) - ML.464 at Grimsby, ML.345, ML.449, ML.454, ML.460, ML.465, ML.468, ML.473, all to join on completion

 

Examination Service Vessels - FOX, LORD DUNWICH, both at Lerwick

 

Boom Motor Drifters - FEAR NOT, HEATHER BELLE, NESSIE, all at Lerwick

 

Motor Fishing Vessel - DAISY at Fraserburgh

 

Drifters (unarmed) - LORD CURZON, PILOT US, both at Lerwick

 

Motor Vessels – RESEARCH, THISTLE, both at Lerwick

 

Harbour Duties - naval auxiliary boats BETSY at Lerwick

 

Motor Fishing Vessel (duty with Resident Naval Officer (RNO) Fair Isle), OLAF III at Fair Isle

 

 

Kirkwall, Orkneys

 

Base Ship - PYRAMUS at Kirkwall

 

24th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers TEKOURA at Aberdeen refitting to comp 17 Jan

French anti-submarine trawler QUENTIN ROOSEVELt at Kirkwall

 

Minesweeping Group 45 - minesweeping trawlers ADMIRAL SIR JOHN LAWFORD, LUNE, SICYON, all at Kirkwall

 

Examination Service Vessels - BRACONHILL, SOUBRETTE, both at Kirkwall

 

Armed Boarding Vessels (trawlers) - See Orkney and Shetland command

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF High speed launch No.113, No.114, both at Orkneys

 

 

Kirkwall Pool

(vessels presumed at Kirkwall unless noted)

 

Base ship - PYRAMUS at Kirkwall

 

Trawler – REFORMO

 

Steam Drifters - BELLE O’MORAY at Fraserburgh, BERYL II, BRITISH CROWN, ENZIE, EXCEL IV, FENELLA, G G BAIRD, MARY SWANSTON, NORTH ESK, PHYLLIS MARY, PYRAMUS III, TRIPLE ALLIANCE, XMAS EVE, DARDA at Inverness laid up, reallocated to Salvage Officer, Scapa Flow

 

Motor Drifters - ELLA, HOPEFUL, PLOUGH, Norwegian HARALD (to be laid up at Buckie)

 

Naval Auxiliary Boat - 37253 at Kirkwall

 

 

 

Scapa Flow, Orkneys

(Rear Admiral Commanding)

 

Base Ships - PROSERPINE, DUNLUCE CASTLE, both at Scapa Flow

 

Accommodation Ship - ST SUNNIVA at Scapa Flow

 

14th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers BRONTES (SO), DAVY, ISTRIA, LOCH TULLA, all at Scapa Flow, REGAL at Aberdeen refitting

 

Minesweeping Depot Ship - AMBITIOUS at Glasgow fitting out

 

Motor Launch for Capt Minesweeping - ML.286 at Scapa Flow

 

Tender with Fleet Minesweepers - STAR OF FREEDOM at Faroes

 

Minesweeping Group 1 - minesweeping trawlers HAWTHORN at Scapa Flow, LILAC at Aberdeen refitting to comp 24 Jan, SYCAMORE, WILLOW, both at Scapa Flow

 

Minesweeping Group 18 - minesweeping trawlers CAPE NYEMETSKI, LARCH, OAK, all at Scapa Flow

 

Minesweeping Group 44 - minesweeping trawlers CAPE BARRACOUTA at Faroes, CONWAY CASTLE, DANIEL CLOWDEN, NORTHCOATES, all at Scapa Flow

 

Minesweeping Group 73 (minesweeping/anti-submarine trawlers) - naval trawlers CELIA at Liverpool refitting to comp 16 Jan, HAMLET, MACBETH, both at Scapa Flow, OPHELIA at Iceland, det duty with Home Fleet

 

Minesweeping Group 101 - minesweeping whalers BOUVET I, BOUVET II, BOUVET III, BOUVET IV, all at Scapa Flow

 

Minesweeping Group 102 - Norwegian minesweeping whalers HVAL V, POLAR VI, both at Scapa Flow

 

Minesweeping Group 103 - minesweeping trawlers MICHAEL GRIFFITH at Aberdeen refitting to comp 14 Jan, YEZO at Scapa Flow

 

Minesweeping Group 161 - minesweeping whalers STINA, SUKHA, both at Scapa Flow

 

4th Trawler Group (anti-submarine/minesweeping) - naval trawlers CAVA at Faroes, OTHELLO at Port Edgar, RONALDSAY at Scapa Flow

 

8th Trawler Group (anti-submarine/minesweeping) - naval trawlers EDAY at Tobermory, INCHMARNOCK at Granton, KERRERA at Aberdeen repairing to comp 7 Jan, SHIANT at Tobermory

 

Minesweeping Drifter - SWIFT WING at Scapa Flow

 

15th Motor Launch Flotilla - ML.188, ML.218, ML.226, ML.228, ML.231, ML.232, ML.240, ML.258, all at Scapa Flow

 

21st Motor Launch Flotilla (to assemble at Fort William), ML.252 at Portsmouth, ML.254, ML.276, both at Fort William, ML.445 at Brixham, ML.452 at Cremyll, ML.467 at Beazley, ML.442, ML.466, both to join on completion

 

 

Scapa Flow Auxiliary Patrol

 

Senior Officer Armed Patrol Tender - yachts WIDGEON OF FEARN at Scapa Flow

 

71st Anti-Submarine Group - drifters BRANCH at Scapa Flow, CRAIG ROY at Buckie repairing to comp 10 Jan, CRANNOCK at Buckie, FAWN at Scapa Flow, FISHER LAD at Buckie, INVERCAIRN, LOYAL FRIEND, SUNNYSIDE GIRL, THE PROVOST, WEST HAVEN, all at Scapa Flow

 

72nd Anti-Submarine Group - drifters COPIOUS at Buckie, EPHRETAH reallocated to Immingham on relief, GORSE, GUILDING LIGHT reallocated to Salvage Officer, Scapa Flow, TRUST, all at Scapa Flow

 

Armed Steam Drifters - CLOUD, HORIZON, INDIAN SUMMER, LEEWARD, SHEEN, all at Scapa Flow, WHIRLPOOL at Fraserburgh

 

Harbour Defence Patrol Craft - yacht AZARA at Scapa Flow

 

107th Motor Launch Flotilla - ML.1002, ML.1022, ML.1040, ML.1058, ML.1059, ML.1064, ML.1068, ML.1071, all at Scapa Flow

 

Seine Net Vessels - GOLDEN THYME, HARVEST HOPE, SOJOURNER, STAR OF HOPE, TEA ROSE, all at Scapa Flow

 

Ring Net Vessels - AVE MARIA, LILY OAK, MARY STURGEON II to be released, NOONDAY, all at Scapa Flow, OAKLEA at Wick refitting, ROSEDEN, SEAFARER, both at Scapa Flow

 

Echo Sounding Yacht - PETER NELL at Lyness refitting

 

Calibration Vessel - yacht MARIA JOAO at Scapa Flow

 

Barrage Balloon Trawlers - GLORIA (SO) at Peterhead refitting to comp 7 Jan, ANNABELLE, ARABESQUE, BARNESNESS, all at Scapa Flow, BERENGA at Aberdeen paid off refitting, CEDRIC, CHRISTINA T PURDY, CHRYSEA, CLOUGHSTONE, ECCLESHILL, EDITH M PURDY, all at Scapa Flow, LOON at Faroes, LORD NORTHCLIFFE, MARY A PURDY, PEGGY NUTTEN, PRINCE LEO, RIGOLETTO, RIVIERE, ROXANO, SALVINI, SARAH A PURDY, STRATHAVON, THE TOWER, THUNDERSTONE paid off repairing, WILLIAM PURDY, all at Scapa Flow

 

Boom Carrier - FERNMOOR at Scapa Flow

 

Boom Defence Vessels - AVON WATER at Lyness, BARBAIN at Aberdeen refitting to comp 24 Jan, BARBICAN at Lyness, BARCOCK at Blyth, BARCOTE, BARCROFT, BARLAKE, BARLOW, BARNDALE, BARNWELL, BAROVA, BARRANCA, BARTHORPE, BEN ROSSAL, DRAGONET, GEORGE BLIGH, GLADYS, all at Lyness, JOHN FITZGERALD at Peterhead, MASONA, PLANTAGENET, ST CELESTIN, SEA MONARCH, SIGNET, SPINET, THE WAY, WILLIAM CALDWELL, all at Lyness, VILDA at Aberdeen

 

Boom Defence Tenders - BOUNTIFUL, BRINE, both at Lyness, NORLAN at Houton Bay, ONAWAY at Macduff refitting to comp 14 Jan, REBUFF at Lyness

 

Examination Service Vessels - OCEAN FISHER, Norwegian FROYEN, both at Scapa Flow

 

Special Service Yacht - JEAN at Scapa Flow

 

Salvage Vessel - French LE LUTTEUR at Scapa Flow

 

Mine Recovery Vessel - GRATEFUL at Wick refitting

 

Anti-Submarine Target Carrier - YELLOW HAMMER at Scapa Flow

 

Fleet Target Service - tugs BANDIT at Scapa Flow, BUCCANEER at Montrose damaged

 

D/C Unit - D/C TB.1, TB.2, both at Scapa Flow, MB.22 at Milford Haven (Note: unit and boat types not known. Possibly D/C for depth charge, but unlikely to be decontamination. Possibly TB for torpedo boat, more likely MB for motor boat)

 

Degaussing Mobile Deperming Unit - yacht MAGIC CIRCLE at Scapa Flow

 

Degaussing Range Boat - Norwegian ERLING at Scapa Flow to be laid up at Buckie

 

 

Scapa Flow Pool

(Vessels presumed at Scapa Flow unless otherwise notified.

Commanding officers are not available for these craft)

 

Ferry Service – tenders CALSHOT, SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, SIR JOHN HAWKINS, SIR RICHARD GRENVILLE

 

Steam Drifters (steel) - ACCORD at Peterhead, ADMIRE, AGNES GARDNER, AILSA, ALLOCHY at Peterhead, CALLIOPSIS, CASSIOPEIA, CLANS at Buckie, DAISY II, DELIVERER, ELYSIAN DAWN at Buckie, FERTILITY, FURZE, JACK GEORGE at Buckie repairing to comp 8 Jan, LUNAR BOW, MAGGIE GAULT at Lossiemouth refitting to comp 21 Jan, MAGNIFICENT III at Scrabster, MARIGOLD, MARY WATT, MINT, MORAY ROSE, MORAY VIEW, NORTHERN SCOT at Fraserburgh, OLIVINE at Buckie, PLOUGH, PRE-EMINENT, PRIME, PRIMORDIAL, REGINA STELLA, ROSEACRE, ROSE VALLEY, SCARLET THREAD, SHOWER, SPECTRUM at Peterhead repairing to comp 8 Jan, STEPHENS at Peterhead, TRUSTFUL at Scrabster, UGIE VALE at Peterhead repairing to comp 8 Jan, UNISON, WALKERDALE, WEALTH OF THE OCEAN at Fraserburgh, WEST NEUK, WILLIAM WILSON, WILSON LINE at Peterhead repairing to comp 13 Jan, XMAS MORN

 

Steam Drifters (wood) - BORDER KING, CASTLE STUART, COLDSNAP, DRAINIE at Wick, FUMEROLE at Buckie, GELLYBURN, GEORDIE, GIRL ELLEN, GIRL LIZZIE, GOLDEN SHEAF, HANDSOME, JOHN HERD, KILMANY, LIZZIE WEST at Wick, LORANTHUS, M H BUCHAN, MISTRESS ISA, NORTH HAVEN, OBTAIN, OCEAN SPRAY, RACHEL FLETT at Buckie refitting to comp 21 Jan, RAIT CASTLE, RENE, RISING SEA, SUPPORTER, THAW, TOKEN, TROPHY

 

Motor Drifters (wood) - ACCOLADE, ALEC KING, BANNERET at Macduff refitting, BUDDING ROSE at Peterhead, BYDAND, CORNUCOPIA, DAISY, DOROTHY at Wick, HAZAEL, HELENDALE at Buckie, KEYSTONE (ex-GLEANER, at Stromness, LOCH LOY at Buckie, MAGGIE COWIE, MARGUERITE, MYOSOTIS, OLIVE BRANCH, SPORTIVE at Inverness refitting to comp 6 Jan, UNITED, WINDSOR II, WINIFRED

 

Motor Fishing Vessels - BRIAR, CRAIGIE LEA, EILEEN at Wick, ESCALONIA, GIRL MAUD, GOLDEN HORN, GROUVILLE, JEANIE, MIZPAH at Wick, MONOLOGUE, NOCTURNE at Wick, OCEAN PEARL, PROVIDER, VANGUARD, VIOLET III

 

Motor Ferryboats - ACME, BRIAR ROSE, BRIGHTER DAWN at Lossiemouth to be laid up, CLACHAN, COUNTRESS, EBENEZER at Lyness, EMERALD, FLORA FRAZER, GEORGE V, HUMILITY, LARACHMHOR, LEGEND (ex-PEARL, MORNING STAR, OPTIMIST at Lossiemouth, REFLEURER, RUBY at Wick, STOCKDOVE, THREE BELLS, VALKYRIE II, VESPER

 

 Yachts - ESTROMA, GALMA at Wick, ISLAY MIST at Inverness repairing, WEIDA

 

Naval Auxiliary Boats - MARION, RIANTE, ROYAL SCOT, ST BALDRED, ST NICHOLAS

 

Tyne Open Naval Auxiliary Boats - LADY BUTE, MAYNIE, ROB ROY, SEA QUEEEN, SHEENA, SILVER SPRAY, SILVER TAY, TRIUMPH II

 

Miscellaneous Base Vessels - coasters CRESCENCE, ENDSLEIGH, FRED EVERAND, LADY SHEILA, LADY SOPHIA, LADY STELLA, D B (possibly dumb barge), ketch ROSEDALE, hulk DUNLEATH, puffers BAYLIGHT, RIVER LOYNE, self-propelled (SP) barge PRITTLEWELL, tug IMPERIOUS, water boats EILEEN M, GOLD CROWN

 

 

Thurso, mainland

 

Examination Service Vessel - SMILING MORN at Thurso

 

 

Wick, mainland

 

Examination Service Vessel - SCRUTATOR at Wick

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF steam trawlers No.345, No.346, both at Wick

 

 

 

ROSYTH COMMAND

(Flag Commander in Chief Rosyth Vice Admiral Sir Charles G Ramsey KCB, in COCHRANE)

 

Sub-Areas - Aberdeen, Rosyth, Newcastle

 

 

Base Depot Ships - COCHRANE (Flag C-in-C Rosyth, Rear Admiral C H G Benson DSO Rtd, COCHRANE II, both at Rosyth

 

 

Rosyth Escort Force

(Capt D Rosyth Escort Force Capt F S W de Winton, Capt J S Crawford DSO from 24 Jan ashore)

 

Anti-aircraft ship - CURACOA (Capt C C Hughes-Hallett CBE) arr Rosyth 2 Jan

 

Destroyers - LEEDS (Cdr C L de H Bell RD) arr Sheerness 2 Jan, LIDDESDALE (Cdr A G West) dep Southend 31 Dec, LUDLOW (Lt G Blackler, promoted to Lt Cdr 11 Feb) at Liverpool, QUANTOCK (Lt Cdr D J L Heber-Percy) dep Sheerness 2 Jan, VANITY (Lt W B R Morrison) at Rosyth, VERDUN (Lt Cdr W S Donald DSC) arr Sheerness 2 Jan, VIMIERA (Act/Lt Cdr A A MacKenzie RNR) arr Rosyth 3 Jan, VIVIEN (Lt Cdr S H Beattie, Lt Cdr R F Leonard from 9 Jan) at Rosyth, VORTIGERN (Lt Cdr R S Howlett) arr Rosyth 3 Jan, WALLACE (Lt Cdr E G Heywood-Lonsdale DSC (emergcy) dep Sheerness 2 Jan, WESTMINSTER (Lt Cdr A A C Ouvry) arr Rosyth 30 Dec, WHADDON (Lt Cdr P G Merriman) arr Rosyth 26 Dec, WINCHESTER (Lt Cdr D J B Jewitt) arr Rosyth 30 Dec, WOLSEY (Lt Cdr C H Campbell, Lt T F Taylor from 12 Jan) arr Sheerness 2 Jan, WOOLSTON (Lt Cdr K W Michell) arr Rosyth 2 Jan, Norwegian SLEIPNER (Norwegian crew) arr Sheerness 3 Jan, (refits and repairs), VALOROUS (Lt Cdr E Mack, Lt Cdr W Fitzroy from 9 Jan) at Leith refitting to comp 27 Jan, VEGA (Lt (E) H D Bracegirdle) at Chatham care and maintenance, repairing to comp Oct, VERSATILE (Lt Cdr J B Palmer) at Leith repairing to comp 22 Jan, WOLFHOUND (Warrant Engineer J W Utting) at Chatham repairing

 

Sloops - GLEANER (Lt Cdr E D J Abbot) at Rosyth, JASON (Lt Cdr R E Terry OBE), LOWESTOFT (Lt Cdr F B Proudfoot Rtd), both arr Rosyth 2 Jan, PELICAN (Cdr G V Gladstone) arr Clyde 10 Dec, Dutch JAN VAN BRAKEL (Dutch crew) dep Sheerness 31 Dec

 

14th Minesweeping Flotilla - minesweepers CROMARTY (Lt Cdr C G Palmer DSC RNZNVR) at Port Edgar, CROMER (SO, Cdr R H Stephenson) at Leith repairing to comp 26 Jan, BEAUMARIS (Lt Cdr T E Williams RNR) arr Rosyth 22 Dec, FRASERBURGH (Lt Cdr G W A T Irvine RNR Rtd) at Ardrossan, POOLE (Lt W L G Dutton RNR) arr Harwich 29 Dec, RYE (Lt J A Pearson DSC RNR), TENBY (Cdr W B Tanner RD RNR), both at Port Edgar

 

15th Minesweeping Flotilla – minesweepers SEAHAM (Lt R E Brett RNR) at Renfrew, WHITEHAVEN (Cdr C Plumer Rtd at Port Edgar

 

Torpedo School Vessel - LAIRDS ISLE (Cdr J Lunnon RD RNR) dep Rosyth 16 Nov

 

Base Mining Depot Ship - HELVIG (Cdr F M Simon Rtd) arr Scapa Flow 4 Dec

 

Controlled Minelayers (operated by Admiralty) - base ship MANCHESTER CITY (Cdr A D D Smyth DSO Rtd) at Clyde, controlled minelayers LINNET (Lt R Homewood) arr Scapa Flow 4 Dec, M.3 (no CO listed) at Humber, RINGDOVE (Lt Cdr B L Sadler) at Alloa

 

 

ABERDEEN (Sub Area)

 

Invergordon

 

Base ship - FLORA at Invergordon

 

Minesweeping Group 43 - minesweeping trawlers GEORGE COUSINS, STAR OF THE WAVE, both at Inverness

 

Minesweeping Drifters - INDUSTRY, ROSSARD, both at Aberdeen repairing to comp 10 Jan

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - trawlers RIVER ESK (armed with 12 pdr), GLATIAN, SAURIAN (both 6pdr), all at Invergordon

 

Examination Service Vessels - BRIGHTON O’THE NORTH at Cromarty, CRAIK at Aberdeen, RIVER GARRY at Cromarty, naval Auxiliary Boats, EXPERT at Cromarty, GIRL CHRISTINA at Buckie, MODERN GIRL at Cromarty

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF steam trawlers No.260, No.366, both at Tain

 

 

Burghead

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF steam trawlers No.378, No.379, both at Burghead

 

 

Lossiemouth

 

Examination Service Vessels - CAMPANIA at Lossiemouth, SUBLIME at Buckie

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - Norwegian rescue craft LINDENES at Lossiemouth

 

 

Buckie

 

Examination Service Vessels - BREME, REGENT BIRD, both at Buckie

 

Harbour Duties (and Blockships) - harbour duty vessels BRAES OF BUCKIE, SWALLOW, both at Buckie

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF steam trawlers No.364, No.365, both at Buckie

 

 

Macduff

 

Examination Service Vessels - ONWARD, TYRIE, both at Macduff

 

 

Fraserburgh

 

Block Ships - OCEAN GIFT, SEA GLEANER, TRUE VINE, all at Fraserburgh

 

 

Peterhead

 

Base ship - BACCHANTE at Aberdeen

 

Coastal Force Base Ship - SANDFLY at Peterhead

 

23rd Motor Launch Flotilla (Training Relief Flotilla) - ML.291, ML.292, ML.303, ML.304, all at Peterhead, ML.309 at Portland repairing, ML.343, ML.344, ML.346, all at Peterhead

 

Examination Service Vessels - GLEAM ON, SILVER SKY, all at Peterhead

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - trawlers WILLIAM BRADY (armed with 12 pdr), LOCH BLAIR (6 pdr)

 

Harbour Duties - miscellaneous craft SANDFLY, Norwegian OLAF II, VIKING, all at Peterhead

 

 

Aberdeen Area

 

Base ship - BACCHANTE at Aberdeen

 

12th Anti-Submarine Group (under orders Admiral Commanding Orkneys and Shetlands) - anti-submarine trawlers LORD LLOYD at Aberdeen, SCALBY WYKE, STELLA PEGASI, Belgian VAN DYCK, all at Scapa Flow

 

30th Anti-Submarine Group (under orders of Admiral Commanding Orkneys and Shetlands) - anti-submarine trawlers PRESTON NORTH END (SO), LEICESTER CITY, both at Scapa Flow, STOKE CITY at Faroes damaged

 

 

Aberdeen and Peterhead Minesweeping Force

 

Minesweeping Group 54 - minesweeping trawlers ALEXANDER SCOTT at Peterhead, DAVID OGILVIE at Aberdeen, HARRY MELLING, NODZU, both at Peterhead

 

Minesweeping Group 69 - minesweeping trawlers AVANTURINE, CRAFTSMAN, INVERTAY, STREPHON, all at Aberdeen

 

Minesweeping Group 70 - minesweeping trawlers CHRYSOLITE, LIGNY, LORD ASHFIELD, all at Aberdeen

 

Minesweeping Trawlers (ungrouped) - CRAIGCOILLEACH at Peterhead, NEWHAVEN at Aberdeen, ROBERT STROUD at Invergordon

 

Minesweeping Drifters - BOY JOHN, NORTHERN LIGHT, WINDSOR LAD, all at Aberdeen

 

LL Drifters - LORD BARHAM, LORD HOOD, both at Aberdeen

 

Kite Balloon Vessel - Norwegian SVERRE at Aberdeen

 

Degaussing Mobile Wiping Unit - drifter UGIE BRAE, Norwegian tender PORAT, both at Aberdeen

 

Degaussing Range Boat - GOLDEN WEST at Aberdeen

 

Examination Service Vessels - CRAIG-BO, ST DOMINICA, boarding launches CONCORD, BACCHANTE, all at Aberdeen

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessel - trawler FORFEIT (armed with 12 pdr) at Aberdeen

 

Block Ships – AVANCE, GUIDE US, both at Aberdeen

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF high speed launch No.104 at Aberdeen

 

 

ROSYTH (Sub Area)

 

 

Montrose

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF steam trawlers No.358, No.359, No.438, all at Montrose

 

 

Dundee

 

Base ship - UNICORN II at Dundee

 

Minesweeping Group 32 - minesweeping trawlers COMITATUS, COMMODATOR, FLANDERS, SARGON, all at Dundee

 

Minesweeping Group 71 - Norwegian minesweeping trawlers BORTIND, NORDHAV II, SYRIAN, THORODD (all Norwegian crews), all at Dundee

 

LL Trawlers (ungrouped) – HOVERFLY, RETAKO, both at Dundee

 

LL Drifters - GLOW, JENNY IRWIN, both at Dundee

 

Harbour Defence Patrol Craft (acting as Examination Service, Montrose) - patrol craft SUILVEN, VENTURE, VIOLA, all at Dundee

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels (armed with 6 pdrs) - AGNES WEATHERLY paid off with defects refitting to comp end Feb, EBOR ABBEY, RIVER LOSSIE, all at Dundee

 

Examination Service Vessels - GOWAN at Dundee, HOLLYDALE at Arbroath repairing

 

Night Patrol Drifters - GOLDEN EMBLEM, THERMOPYLAE, both at Dundee

 

Naval Base General Duty Vessel - TAEPING at Dundee

 

Tender to Degaussing Wiping Range - BOY DAVIE at Dundee

 

 

Methil

 

Mine Observation Patrol Vessels - yachts CATERINA at Leith to reduce to care and maintenance, DAWN, KIA ORA, motor fishing vessel VENUS STAR, all at Methil

 

Balloon Barrage Vessels - drifters HEATHERY BRAE, RESTORE, VINE, yachts CARIAD, GOLDEN HIND, KIRIN, MAIMIE, PANOPE, THENDARA, all at Methil

 

Anti-Aircraft Guardship - BOURNEMOUTH QUEEN at Methil

 

Naval Control and Naval Officer in charge Service - drifters AURILLIA, COSMEA, GIRL ENA, GOLDEN WEST, LASHER, LEMNOS, LAVATERA, all at Methil, MACE at Leith repairing to comp 9 Jan, MORVEN HILL, RAMBLER ROSE, STAR OF LIGHT, TRADE WIND, motor fishing vessels CELTIC, GOOD HOPE, PROCYON, tug CERVIA, Belgian motor trawler CONFIANCE, all at Methil

 

Degaussing Service - Drifter LILIUM at Methil, sank in dock 28 Oct 1941, later raised

 

DEMS Service - motor fishing vessel DORANDO PIETRI at Methil

 

Kite Balloon Service - Belgian motor fishing vessels MADELINE CAMILLE, MAURICE ANDRE, Norwegian WAILET, all at Methil

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - rescue craft LUNARY at Montrose repairing to comp 10 Jan, RAF steam trawlers No.347, No.348, both at Methil

 

 

Rosyth

 

Base Ships - COCHRANE, COCHRANE II, both at Rosyth

 

Accommodation Ship - KILLARNEY at Rosyth

 

Boom Defence Base Depot Ship - ROOKE at Rosyth

 

Boom Defence Vessels - ARREST, BARFAIR, BARNEHURST, BISHOPSGATE, all at Rosyth, DR LEE at Leith, IMELDA at Rosyth, LOCH LONG at Leith, MARTINET, MILFORD DUKE, NATAL II, all at Rosyth, NIGHT RIDER at Granton, SONNET at Leith, STAR OF THE REALM at Granton

 

Boom Defence Tender - TWINKLING STAR

 

River Patrol - naval auxiliary boats HEATHER in care and maintenance, MORAG, MUSETTE II, SPOKESMAN, THYRA, all at Rosyth

 

Harbour Duty Drifters - ACORN, BOUNTEOUS SEA, C AND A, CLARICE, DEFENSOR, PILOT STAR, SPESAUREA, SPESMELIOR, all at Rosyth

 

Water Transport Duties - water transport vessels BLACK ISLE, TRIUMPH, both at Rosyth

 

Degaussing Mobile Wiping Unit - drifter PARADIGM at Rosyth

 

Balloon Barrage Vessels - drifter FAIRHAVEN, attendance drifters FLUSH, NORMAN WILSON, yachts ALBYN, CEOL-MARA II, NINON, VADURA, tenders RETLAW, dumb barges DRYPOOL, JAVA, ONWARD, SELIBIAN, SHIRTCLIFFE, TORFRIDA, WHITES, all at Rosyth

 

Fleet Attendance Vessel - THANE OF FIFE at Leith repairing to comp 9 Jan

 

 

Port Edgar

 

Base Ship - LOCHINVAR at Port Edgar

 

Depot Ships - Norwegian HEIMDAL, RANEN, both at Port Edgar

 

60th Minesweeping Group (Minesweeping Training Flotilla) - minesweeping trawlers BOYNE, COLNE, DEE, FOYLE, GARRY, LIFFEY, all at Port Edgar

 

Minesweeping Group 164 - minesweeping trawlers ELENA (former VIOLA) at Leith, Norwegian ALCMARIA, at Port Edgar, whalers BJERK at Port Edgar, ICICLE (ex-BUSEN 3) at Grangemouth (all Norwegian ships with Norwegian crews)

 

Attached Paddle Minesweepers - AMBASSADOR, DUCHESS OF FIFE, both at Port Edgar

 

Experimental Paddle Minelayer - ORIOLE at Leith

 

7th Trawler Group (anti-submarine/minesweeping, for New Zealand) - naval trawlers INCHKEITH at Tobermory, SCARBA at Port Edgar, SANDA at Burntisland under repair, KILLEGRAY at Port Edgar

 

Vessel for New Zealand – naval trawler TUI at Port Edgar

 

Harbour Duties - miscellaneous vessel ALEXANDRA at Port Edgar

 

Minesweeping Vessels (experimental, attached to VERNON) - minesweeping drifters BOY PAT, BYSTANDER, DORIENTA, all at Port Edgar, FEACO (SO) at Leith, FRONS OLIVAE, GOLDEN HARVEST, JACKETA, all at Port Edgar, minesweeping yacht EL TOVAR AT Port Edgar

 

Motor anti-submarine boat’s (attached to VERNON minesweepers) - MA/SB.35, MA/SB.37, both at Port Edgar

 

Transport Duties - miscellaneous vessel BEE at Port Edgar

 

 

Leith and Granton

 

Base Ship - CLAVERHOUSE at Granton

 

13th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers STAFNES (SO), KINGSTON ONYX, REIGHTON WYKE, THORNWICK BAY, all at Granton

 

38th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers STELLA CANOPUS (SO), BRIMNESS, KINGSTON PERIDOT, LADY BERYL, all at Granton

 

Minesweeping Depot Ship - CLAVERHOUSE II at Granton

 

Motor Launch for SO Minesweeping - ML.342 at Rosyth

 

7th Minesweeping Flotilla - paddle minesweepers QUEEN OF THANET (SO), PLINLIMMON, QUEEN OF KENT, RYDE, SANDOWN, SKIDDAW, WESTWARD HO, all at Granton

 

Danlaying Yacht - SYLVANIA (SO, Minesweeping, Granton) at Granton refitting to comp 8 Jan

 

Danlaying Drifters (for duty with 7th Minesweeping Flotilla) - CLAN MACKAY, SNAP, both at Granton

 

Minesweeping Group 33 - minesweeping trawlers BRABANT, HILDINA, KUNISHI, all at Granton

 

Minesweeping Group 59 - minesweeping trawlers ANN MELVILLE, SHANDWICK, STRATHUGIE, all at Granton

 

Minesweeping Group 105 - minesweeping trawler WALLENA at Granton

 

Minesweeping Group 106 - minesweeping trawlers OLYMPIA at Leith, VALMONT at Port Edgar

 

Minesweeping Group 143 - minesweeping trawlers BEN BHEULAH, BEN GULVAIN, JEAN EDMUNDS, STAR OF BRITAIN, all at Granton

 

Minesweeping Group 153 - minesweeping trawlers RATAPIKO, French LOUISE ET MARIE, both at Granton

 

LL Drifters - Belgian ROCKALL, French ARGO, RESOUND, Norwegian HAUG I, UTVAER, all at Granton

 

104th Motor Minesweeping Flotilla - MMS 31, MMS.36, MMS.37, MMS.74, all at Granton, MMS.75 at Leith repairing, MMS.83 at Brightlingsea

 

Loop Lookout Drifters - CORUSCATION, HALO, JOCELYN, MAJESTY, ROSA, all at Granton

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - trawlers OCEAN BRINE at Granton, SOUTHCOATES at Leith, French CASTELNAU at Granton

 

10th Motor Launch Flotilla - ML.1047 at Scapa Flow, ML.1054 at Yarmouth, ML.1056 at Scapa Flow, ML.1075 at Lowestoft, ML.1081, ML.1085, both at Scapa Flow, ML.1055, ML.1060, both to join on completion

 

Harbour Defence Patrol Craft - patrol craft BANKWOOD, E & T S, EIDRA, FLOREAT II, FLOREAT III, GIRL CHRISTIAN, SILVER CRESCENT, all at Granton

 

Mine Observation Patrol Craft (Granton) - motor fishing vessels AMARANTH, BONETTA, CHOICE II, COURAGEOUS II, FLORAL QUEEN, JACKDAW, JEANNIE MACKAY, POPINJAY, RESTLESS WAVE, SUNBEAM III, WHINCHAT, naval auxiliary boats CATRIONA paid off in care and maintenance, GORDORE paid off in care and maintenance, ST EDITH, SONAMARA paid off in care and maintenance, TREMONA, all at Granton

 

Mine Observation Patrol Craft (Port Seton) - motor fishing vessels BENMORE, DULCIE, DUNLOGIE, EXULTANT, FOIL, HYPERION, LAUNCH OUT, MARY JOY, MISTLETOE, RINGOUSEL, SANDERLING, VERBENA, VIGILANT, WHEATEAR, all at Port Seton

 

Inchkeith Gate Trawlers - BV.41, BV.42, both at Leith, CRAIG ISLAND, RIVER ANNAN, both at Granton

 

Base Tenders - BETTY YORKE, LOTHIAN QUEEN, MAY QUEEN, ROSE VALLEY, all at Granton

 

Balloon Tenders - COVESEA at Granton, Dutch ERNA II at Leith

 

Examination Service Vessels (Firth of Forth) - BRENDA, EXPLORER, FREYA, MINNA, NORNA, xxamination drifters ADORATION, BETTY BODIE, all at Leith

 

Despatch Boat for Commander Executive Officer (CXO) Forth - MILDRED at Leith

 

Extended Defences Officer (XDO) Duty Boat - LADY at Leith (relates to controlled minefields)

 

Degaussing Mobile Wiping Unit - degaussing mobile wiping vessel ACQUISITION, tenders KINFAUNS, NELSON, all at Leith

 

Tenders to Shore Degaussing Deperming Station - dumb lighter ANTI CYCLONE, tender HAWK, both at Leith

 

Degaussing Range Boat - PRINCESS ROYAL at Leith

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - rescue craft SEA ROVER at Granton, KITE, TEAL, both at Leith (War Department (WD) Launches available in emergency)

 

 

NEWCASTLE (Sub Area)

 

 

Berwick

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - motor fishing boat BETHEL II, RIVULET, both at Berwick in care and maintenance

 

 

Blyth

 

Coastal Force Base Ship - ELFIN II at Blyth

 

24th Motor Launch Flotilla (to assemble at Blyth) - ML.299 at Portsmouth, ML.308, ML.337, both on passage to Blyth, ML.340 at Tewkesbury, ML.451 on passage to Blyth, ML.456 at Maldon, ML.461 at Brightlingsea, ML.478 at Boness

 

Examination Vessels – REFLECT, SEDULOUS, both at Blyth

 

Harbour Defence Patrol Craft - patrol yacht ESSEX MAID at Wivenhoe to be released, patrol craft ELFIN II, motor fishing vessel ESTHER, naval auxiliary boats LEMONA paid off pending reallocation, LEO paid off pending reallocation, all at Blyth

 

Tender to 6th Submarine Flotilla - ELFIN at Blyth

 

Naval Auxiliary Boat (DEMS duties) - SYDIA at Blyth

 

Degaussing Mobile Wiping Unit - steam drifter ENTERPRISING at Blyth, tender SJOBLOMSTEN at Blyth

 

Air-Sea Rescue Service - RAF high speed launches HSL No.118, No.102, both at Blyth

 

 

North Shields

 

Motor Launch for Capt Minesweeping - ML.300 at North Shields

 

8th Minesweeping Flotilla - paddle minesweepes GLEN AVON, GLENMORE, GLEN USK, LAGUNA BELLE, MEDWAY QUEEN, THAMES QUEEN, all at North Shields

 

Minesweeping Group 68 - minesweeping trawlers CHASSIRON, GENERAL BOTHA, REHEARO, all at North Shields

 

Minesweeping Group 104 - minesweeping trawlers SOUTHERN FIELD, SOUTHERN FOAM, both at North Shields

 

Minesweeping Group 107 - minesweeping trawlers ARTEGAL at North Shields, BADINAGE temporarily at Hartlepool, CLIFTON, NEW COMET, both at North Shields

 

Minesweeping Group 108 - minesweeping trawlers GAROLA at North Shields, MARJORIE M HASTIE at Port Edgar

 

LL Drifters - TWEENWAYS, UNICITY, both at North Shields

 

Minesweeping Drifter - JUNE ROSE at North Shields

 

Danlaying yachts - GUELDER ROSE, YARTA to be paid off, both at North Shields

 

Trawler - French trawler LE NIVOSE titting out at Inverness paid off

 

Echo Sounding Vessel - fast motor boat VALDA at North Shields

 

Anti-aircraft Guardship - MONA’S ISLE at Tyne

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - trawlers MORGAN JONES (armed with 12 pdr) at Tyne, AGNES NUTTEN, DELILA, RISKATO, SIMMERSON (all armed with 6 pdrs), all at Tyne, drifter BROADLAND (3pdr) at Hartlepool in care and maintenance pending reallocation, steam drifters GIRL WINIFRED, KATHERINE (both Lewis guns), both at Inverness paid off

 

Harbour Defence Patrol Craft - naval auxiliary boats FELICITY, MAREA, both at Tyne

 

Examination Service Vessels - BEN ARDNA at Tynemouth to be laid up at West Hartlepool, LORD DARLING at North Shields fitting out

 

Degaussing Inspection Naval Auxiliary Boats - AUDEN, CARMENNA, LADY BIRD, MOLLY MAWK, all at Tyne

 

Duty Boats - HARBOUR LAUNCH No.1, MAJESTIC, ODDAA, all at Tyne

 

Barrage Balloon Vessels - drifters BELVOIR CASTLE, CLAVIS, MARCIA, MASTER JOHN, Dutch HERDIS, LAESO, all at Tyne

 

Kite Balloon Duties - naval auxiliary boats FERIDA, MAREEN, servicing vessel BIRNIE, Belgian motor fishing vessels JEANNINE, Norwegian BOBB, OLAF I, all at Tyne

 

Minewatching Naval Auxiliary Boats - PO.1642, SUNSHINE, both at Tyne

 

DEMS Duties - naval auxiliary boats JEAN, SUBLIME, WALTONA, all at Tyne

 

Medical Duty Naval Auxiliary Boat - FLYING EAGLE at Tyne

 

Flag Officer/General Officer (FOGO) Duties - naval auxiliary boat SWIFTSURE at Tyne

 

Emergency Transport Duties and Liberty Boat - NEW ROYAL LADY at Tyne

 

Accommodation Guard Ship (for ammunition lighters) - naval auxiliary boats BONAVENTURE at Tyne

 

 

Sunderland

 

Examination Service Vessels - GILLIAN, G R PURDY, both at Sunderland

 

Balloon Duties - motor fishing vessel PILOT ME at Sunderland

 

Motor Launches - ALMA, SIROCCO, both at Sunderland

 

 

Hartlepool

 

Base ship - PARAGON at Hartlepool

 

Minesweeping Group 23 - minesweeping trawlers BEN DEARG, PICTON CASTLE, POINTZ CASTLE, all at Hartlepool

 

Minesweeping Group 148 - minesweeping trawlers ALVIS, BEN TORC, both at Hartlepool, EDWINA at Port Edgar, WITHAM at Hartlepool

 

Minesweeping Drifters - BOY ALEX, LIZZIE BIRREL, both at Hartlepool

 

LL Drifters - French ANGELE MARIE, VIERGE DE LOURDES, both at Hartlepool

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - trawlers KUVERA, LOCH HOPE, NORTH NESS, (both armed with 12 pdrs), drifters DOORIE BRAE (3 pdr) laid up and paid off, SPERANZA (Lewis gun) in care and maintenance pending reallocation, all at Hartlepool, naval auxiliary boat PLATYPUS at Amble in care and maintenance pending reallocation

 

Kite Balloon Vessels - motor fishing vessel PROSPERITY, naval auxiliary boat USAN, both at Hartlepool

 

Examination Service Vessels - B O DAVIES at Hartlepool, DEIRA, FRIARAGE, both at Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, LONGSCAR at Hartlepool repairing

 

 

Middlesbrough

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessels - naval auxiliary boats EOS, ST MARTIN II, both at Middlesbrough, FOAM II at Goole laid up

 

Boom Gate Vessels - CECIL, RHODES, both at Middlesbrough

 

Kite Balloon Vessels – TRICIA, French JEAN BOUZARD, both at Middlesbrough

 

Motor Launch - SIR STEPHEN at Middlesbrough

 

Degaussing Range Launch - SLARNGE VA at Middlesbrough

 

DEMS Launch - PATRICIA at Middlesbrough

 

N C S Steam Launch - I B METCALFE at Middlesbrough

 

Motor yacht - ODEON at Middlesbrough

 

 

Whitby

 

Auxiliary Patrol Vessel - naval auxiliary boat FLASHLIGHT at Whitby

 

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