HMS Wistaria (T 113)
MS Trawler of the Tree class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Ordered||5 Jun 1939|
|Laid down||19 Jul 1939|
|Launched||10 Nov 1939|
|Commissioned||16 Feb 1940|
|History||Sold in March 1946.|
Commands listed for HMS Wistaria (T 113)
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|1||Skr. Horace Charles Aisthorpe, RNR||19 Jan 1940||5 Mar 1940|
|2||T/Lt. Neville Rhodes Arimitage, RNVR||5 Mar 1940||21 May 1940|
|3||Skr. Albert Scott Henderson Robb, RD, RNR||21 May 1940||20 Jun 1942|
|4||Skr. Reginald Walter Denny, RNR||20 Jun 1942||22 Jul 1942|
|5||Skr. Arthur George Day, RNR||22 Jul 1942||30 Sep 1943|
|6||A/Skr.Lt. John Henry Consadine, DSC, RNR||Sep 1943||17 Sep 1944|
|7||A/Skr.Lt. William Richard Alward Hicks, DSC, RNR||17 Sep 1944||11 Feb 1945|
|8||A/Ch.Skr. (A/Skr.Lt.) Alfred Walter Craig, DSC, RNR||11 Feb 1945||18 Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Wistaria include:
15 Nov 1940
The light cruiser HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN) destroyed the existing W/T station in Jameson Bay on Jan Mayen Island. A German expedition was to have landed between 0600/15 and 0600/17 and the British were aware of this.
At daylight on the 16th, HMS Naiad sighted a trawler, the Hinrich Freese (384 GRT, built 1930), to the northward of Jameson Bay. Unable to escape the Germans grounded their trawler but the members of the expedition were captured non the less except for two who had drowned. The enemy trawler was then destroyed with gunfire.
HMS Naiad returned to Scapa Flow on 18 November. HMS Naiad sustained some weather damage during this operation. The two British trawlers returned to Iceland. (2)
12 Aug 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Kingston Agate (Lt. H.O. L’Estrange, RNR), HMS Hoxa (T/Lt. H.P Davies, RNR), HMS Kingston Amber (T/Lt. R.J. Kennedy, RNR) and HMS Wistaria (Skr. R.W. Denny, RNR). (3)
6 Feb 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN), HMS Wistaria (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR) and HMS Grain (A/Skr.Lt. E.J.L. Davies, RNR). (5)
7 Feb 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Lennox (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN), HMS Wistaria (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR) and HMS Grain (A/Skr.Lt. E.J.L. Davies, RNR). (4)
- ADM 173/16283
- ADM 199/393
- File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19189
- ADM 199/19189
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.