Allied Warships

HMS Topaze (T 40)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 40 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched20 Dec 1934 
CommissionedNov 1935 
Lost20 Apr 1941 

Completed in January 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 608 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Topaze (Chief Skipper George Richard Gale, RNR) was sunk after a collision with the British battleship HMS Rodney off the Clyde on 20 April 1941. The Commanding officer and 17 more members of the crew went down with the ship.


Commands listed for HMS Topaze (T 40)

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1Lt. John Nicholas Hambly, RN3 Oct 193814 Jan 1941
2Ch.Skr. George Richard Gale, RNR14 Jan 194120 Apr 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Topaze include:

19 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with the British A/S yacht HMS Valena (Capt. W.H. Poole, RNR) and A/S trawler HMS Topaze (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hambly, MBE, RN). (1)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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