Allied Warships

HMS Retriever (FY 261)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 261 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched16 Jan 1930 
Commissioned 1941 
End service 

Former French trawler Urania.
Completed in March 1930.
Taken over by the Admiralty in 1941.
Displacement: 869 tons.

Returned to her owner in July 1946 and named Uriana again.
Scrapped in Belgium mid-1955.


Commands listed for HMS Retriever (FY 261)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. George Edmund Geeve, RNROct 1942Jun 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Francis Collins, RNRJun 1945

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Notable events involving Retriever include:

18 Mar 1941

Convoy AG 7.

This convoy departed Alexandria on 18 March 1941.

It was made up of the following merchant vessels; Corinthia (Greek, 3721 GRT, built 1911), Hav (Norwegian, 5062 GRT, built 1939), Hellas (Greek, 2081 GRT, built 1916), Menelaus (British, 10307 GRT, built 1923) and Ozarda (British, 6985 GRT, built 1940).

The naval transport HMS Breconshire (9776 GRT, built 1939) (Capt.(Retd.) C.A.G. Hutchenson, RN) was also with the convoy as were the armed boarding vessel

HMS Chakla (Cdr. L.C. Bach, RD, RNR) and HMS Fiona (Cdr. A.H.H. Griffiths, RD, RNR) and the tug HMRT Retriever.

The convoy was escorted by the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. T.C. Hampton, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN) and HMS Wryneck (Lt.Cdr. R.H.D. Lane, RN).

Around 1600B/19, the transport Ulster Prince (British, 3791 GRT, built 1930) joined coming from Tobruk being escorted by the destroyer HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) which also joined the convoy.

The convoy arrived at Piraeus late on the 20th. (1)

21 May 1942
HMS Retriever is part of the escort for convoy PQ-16 from 21 May 1942 until 23 May 1942.


  1. ADM 199/414 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vampire for March 1941 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Voyager for March 1941

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

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