HMS Chelmer (K 221)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||George Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Parsons|
|Ordered||1 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||29 Dec 1941|
|Launched||27 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||29 Sep 1943|
This was one of the few turbine engined River-class frigates.
Scrapped in August 1957.
Commands listed for HMS Chelmer (K 221)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Ronald Albert Cherry, RNR||18 Jul 1943||8 Sep 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN||8 Sep 1944||Mar 1945|
|3||Cdr. (retired) Rodney Charles Vesey Thomson, DSC, RN||Mar 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Chelmer include:
17 Oct 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR), HMS Grassholm (T/Lt. J.A. Antonsen, RNR), HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, DSC, RN) and HMS Northern Sun (T/Lt. H. Meredith, RNVR), (1)
6 Apr 1944
HMS Chelmer (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ruth I that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 45°05'N, 35°11'W by German U-boat U-302.
23 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR), HMS Oxford Castle (T/Lt. H.E. Holden, DSC, RNR), HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR), HMS Vidette (Lt. P.J. Stoner, RN), HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) and HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR). (1)
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18090
- ADM 173/17777
- ADM 173/18492
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.