Allied Warships

HMS Kelt (FY 112)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 112 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched29 Dec 1936 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed in February 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 455 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Camilla in 1954.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in 1960.


Commands listed for HMS Kelt (FY 112)

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1Skr. William McKenzie Smith, RNR17 Oct 193928 Jan 1941
2T/Lt. William Thomason Hodson, RNVR28 Jan 1941mid 1941
3T/S.Lt. Stuart Creer Callister, RNVRmid 194119 Apr 1942
4T/Lt. Kenneth Prat Alliston, RANVR19 Apr 194221 Aug 1942
5T/Lt. Stanley Grant Fowler, RNR21 Aug 1942Oct 1942
6T/Lt. George Beaumont Butler, RNVROct 1942mid 1944
7T/Lt. James Taylor, RNVRmid 1944

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Notable events involving Kelt include:

5 Mar 1940
HMS Kelt (Skr. W.McK. Smith, RNR), while returning from the 'outer patrol' to Freetown, obtained an A/S contact. HMS Spaniard (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR), which was on the 'inner patrol' came to assist. Depth charge attacks were carried out by the trawlers. HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) was sailed from Freetown to assist. Aircraft were also ordered to proceed to the scene as was HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. R.C. Harry, RN) from the 'outer patrol'. (1)

7 Mar 1942
HMS Kelt (T/Lt. S.C. Callister, RNR) picks up 24 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Sydhav that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-505 south-west of Freetown in position 04°47'N, 14°57'W.


  1. ADM 199/380

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

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