Allied Warships

HMS Loch Melfort (FY 151)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 151 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched22 Oct 1934 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed in November 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 440 tons.

Sold in February 1946.
Renamed St. Amandus in 1946.
Wrecked off the Skraaven lighthouse, Vestfjord, Norway on 25 December 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Loch Melfort (FY 151)

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1Cdr. (retired) Maurice Arthur Brind, RN9 Oct 19391 Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Francis Mervyn Wynter Harris, RNR13 Apr 1940May 1940
3T/Lt. Frederick Graham-Brown, RNRMay 1940mid 1941
4T/Lt. William Fleming McAusland, RNVRmid 194114 Jun 1942
5T/Lt. Leslie Kerr Smith, RANVR14 Jun 194216 Feb 1943
6T/Lt. Frank Bloor, RNVR16 Feb 1943May 1944
7Lt. Charles Russell Dunlop, RNVRMay 19441 Jul 1944
8T/Lt. Herbert George Gabriel, RNVR1 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Loch Melfort include:

3 Dec 1940

Convoy AS 6.

This convoy departed Piraeus on 3 December 1940 for Port Said where it arrived on 7 December 1940.

The convoy was made up of the merchant vessels; Adinda (Dutch (tanker), 3359 GRT, built 1939), Artemis Pitta (Greek, 1363 GRT, built 1906), British Sergeant (British (tanker), 5868 GRT, built 1922), Cleanthis (Greek, 4153 GRT, built 1911), Eocene (British, 4216 GRT, built 1922), Guido (British, 3921 GRT, built 1920), Hannah Moller (British, 2931 GRT, built 1911), Helka (British, 3471 GRT, built 1912) and Tanais (Greek, 1545 GRT, built 1907).

On departure escort was provided by the A/S trawler HMS Loch Melfort (T/Lt. F. Graham-Brown, RNR). A second A/S trawler was to have sailed as escort for the convoy but was unable to do so due to defects, this was HMS Kingston Coral (Skr. W. Kirman, RNR).

From about south of the Kaso Strait AA protection was given by the AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN). The cruiser had departed Alexandria on 3 December 1940 and joined the convoy around 1300/4 in approximate position 34°12'N 28°24'E.

The destroyer HMS Wryneck (Lt.Cdr. R.H.D. Lane, RN) departed Alexandria on 5 December 1940 and joined the convoy around 1130/6.

HMS Calcutta parted company with the convoy at 1800/6 and set course for Alexandria where she arrived the next morning.

The convoy arrived at Port Said on the 7th following which HMS Wryneck returned to Alexandria arriving on the 8th.

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