Allied Warships

HMS Thornwick Bay (FY 179)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 179 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched28 Aug 1935 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed on 18 January 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 437 tons.

Sold in April 1945.
Renamed Afridi in 1955.
Scrapped at Bremerhaven, Germany on 1 March 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Thornwick Bay (FY 179)

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1Lt.Cdr. Ernest Dettmar Wallis, RNVR22 Sep 193931 Jul 1940
2Skr. John Dunbar Fowler, RNR31 Jul 19409 Oct 1940
3Skr. John May, RNR9 Oct 1940Nov 1941
4Skr. Hugh Crichton, RNRNov 1941Early 1942
5T/Skr. John Edgar Garnham, RNREarly 194231 Dec 1942
6Skr. Case James Albert Silom, RNR31 Dec 194211 Aug 1943
7A/Skr.Lt. John Windram, RNR11 Aug 194330 May 1944
8T/A/Skr.Lt. George Clixby, RNR30 May 194421 Mar 1945
9A/Ch.Skr. (A/Skr.Lt.) Oswin Jinks, RNR21 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Thornwick Bay include:

7 May 1940
After having arrived with convoy FN 163 off Methil, the (AA) destroyer HMS Valentine (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan, RAN) and the sloop HMS Weston (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Tuke, RN) proceeded to Rosyth. They obtained an A/S contact to the east-north-east of May Island and started a hunt. HMS Valentine dropped depth charges and reported oil rising to the surface. They were relieved the following day by the A/S trawlers HMS Brimness (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Thornwick Bay (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Wallis, RNVR). (1)

1 Nov 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She makes the passage together with the British submarine HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN).

Early on the 3rd, off Scapa Flow, the other two ships left O-23 and the British ASW trawler HMS Thornwick Bay (A/Skr.Lt. J. Windram, RNR) took over the escort. (2)


  1. ADM 199/363
  2. ADM 199/1879

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

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