Allied Warships

HMS La Nantaise (FY 360)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 360 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched11 May 1933 
CommissionedJul 1940 
Lost8 Jul 1945 

Completed on 5 June 1933.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 399 tons.

the Trawler St. Arcadius (FY 135) was sold to the French Navy in late 1939 being renamed La Nantaise.
Seized by the British on 3 July 1940 and recommissioned into the Royal Navy. Served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War under her French name of La Nantaise (FY 360).

FS (French Ship) La Nantaise (Skipper Lt. Sidney John Cory, DSC, RNR) was sunk in the Downs on 8 July 1945 following a collision.


Commands listed for HMS La Nantaise (FY 360)

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A M Sullivan, RNVR
1T/Lt. Alexander Michael Sullivan, RNVR6 Jul 1940early 1941
2T/Lt. Henry Brown, RNRearly 1941ca late 41
3Skr. Sidney John Cory, RNRca late 418 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving La Nantaise include:

15 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth where she conducted A/S exercises with HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.J. Cory, RNR), HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (A/Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR), HMS Olvina (Skr. J. Howson, RNR), HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR) and HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR). (1)

28 Feb 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Tynedale (Lt. J.J.S. Yorke, DSC, RN), HMS Melbreak (Lt. G.E.C.G. Baines, RN) and later with HMS St. Kilda (A/Skr.Lt. R.G. Utting, RNR), HMS Sheppey (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D. McNeil, RNVR), HMS Ensay (T/Lt. K.J. Reece, RNVR) and HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.J. Cory, RNR). (2)

1 Apr 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for the Clyde area. She was escorted by HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.G. Cory, RNR) until 1500/1 when HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR) took over the escort. (3)

28 Apr 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Pearl (T/Lt. B.G. Barfoot, RNVR), HMS Gweal (T/Lt. P.E.C.R. Main, RNVR), HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.G. Cory, RNR) and HMS Lord Wakefield (Skr.Lt. H.E. Dodd, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/17251
  2. ADM 173/17921
  3. ADM 173/18973
  4. ADM 173/18697

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

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