Allied Warships

HMS Northern Sky (4.41)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
Built byDeschimag (Bremerhaven, Germany) 
Laid down 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in October 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty for use as armed boarding vessel on 1 September 1939, became an ASW trawler in early 1942.
Displacement: 655 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in September 1945.
Scrapped at Dunston in 1964.


Commands listed for HMS Northern Sky (4.41)

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1Lt. James Maddock Roche, RNR5 Sep 19391 Dec 1939
2Lt. John Evelyn Bromley, RNR1 Dec 1939Mar 1941
3T/Lt. Richard Alfred Harman, RNVRMar 1941mid 1942
4T/Lt. Eric Graham Baird, RNVRmid 19424 Aug 1942
5T/Lt. Ole Bernard Egjar, RNR4 Aug 194212 Nov 1943
6Lt. John Hollis Linggard, RNVR12 Nov 194325 Mar 1944
7T/Lt. George Otto Thompson Dawson Henderson, RNVR25 Mar 1944Jan 1945
8T/Lt. Stanley George Reynolds Morgan, RNVRJan 1945

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Notable events involving Northern Sky include:

31 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Sky (T/Lt. O.B. Egjar, RNR), HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR) and HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR). (1)

14 Aug 1944
HMS United (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR), HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) and HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Rothesay under escort of HMS Milford (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN).

The next day HMS United and HMS Upright set off for St.Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. They were escorted by HMS Northern Sky (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR). (2)

5 Dec 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Coldstreamer (T/Lt. A.L. Kerr, RNVR), HMS Northern Sky (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR) and HMS Royal Marine (T/S.Lt. L.N. Holmes, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/17782
  2. ADM 173/19285
  3. ADM 173/19424

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

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