Allied Warships

HMS Arsenal (FY 140)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 140 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched6 Jul 1933 
CommissionedNov 1939 
Lost16 Nov 1940 

Completed in July 1933.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 389 tons.

HMT Arsenal (Skr. Charles Robert Radford, RNR) was sunk in Kilchattan Bay, Firth of Clyde on 16 November 1940 after colliding with the Polish destroyer ORP Burza.


Commands listed for HMS Arsenal (FY 140)

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1Skr. Charles Robert Radford, RNR5 Nov 193916 Nov 1940

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Notable events involving Arsenal include:

13 Nov 1940
At 0800 hours, HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Arsenal (Skr. C.R. Radford, RNR). (1)

16 Nov 1940
Due to dense fog, the Polish destroyer Burza collided with British ASW trawler HMS Arsenal and suffered bow damage. HMS Arsenal was sunk. (2)


  1. ADM 199/1844
  2. Personal communication

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

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