HMS Celia (T 134)
MS Trawler of the Shakespearian class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith|
|Ordered||12 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||25 May 1940|
|Launched||15 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||12 Jan 1941|
Sold into merchantile service in 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Celia (T 134)
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|1||T/Lt. Frederick George Dawson, RNR||Dec 1940||mid 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Graham Cunningham Wood, RNVR||mid 1942||29 Oct 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Leslie Bertram Merrick, RNR||29 Oct 1942||1 Nov 1944|
|4||T/Lt. Haakon Wivestad, RNR||1 Nov 1944||28 May 1945|
|5||T/Lt. David Miller Wight, RNVR||28 May 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Celia include:
3 Nov 1941
Convoy QP 2.
This convoy departed Archangelsk on 3 November 1941 for Kirkwall where it arrived on 17 November 1941.
On departure from Archangelsk the convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Atlantic (British, 5414 GRT, built 1939), Blairnevis (British, 4155 GRT, built 1930), Cepira (Panamanian, 5625 GRT, built 1920), Chernyshevski (Russian, 3588 GRT, built 1919), Gemstone (British, 4986 GRT, built 1938), Harmonic (British, 4558 GRT, built 1930), IJora (Russian, 2815 GRT, built 1921), Lorca (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), North King (Panamanian, 4934 GRT, built 1903), River Afton (British, 5479 GRT, built 1935), Stephan Khalturin (Russian, 2498 GRT, built 1921) and Ville d'Anvers (Belgian, 7462 GRT, built 1920).
In the morning of the 4th the convoy was joined by the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.J.L. Phillips, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN).
At dusk on the 5th HMS Bramble, HMS Leda and HMS Seagull parted company with the convoy to return to North Russia.
At 0500A/11, HMS Norfolk parted company with the convoy to proceed to Scapa Flow.
Later on the 11th, the HMS Celia (T/Lt. F.G. Dawson, RNR) and HMS Windermere (Skr. J. Mawer, RNR) joined the convoy. HMS Icarus and HMS Eclipse were then detached to fuel at Seidisfjord. The rejoined the convoy on 13 November following which the trawlers were detached.
The convoy arrived at Kirkwall on 17 November 1941.
14 May 1943
At 0340 hours, HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), was spotted by a Catalina that was sent out to search for her. Around 0600 hours HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. T.M. Dorrien-Smith, RN) came in sight. Late in the morning they were joined by HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Brissenden (Lt. D.C. Beatty, RN) and HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). HMS Brecon then took O 10 in tow. Around 1600 hours HMS Halcyon (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, RN) arrived which took over the tow. (1)
2 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). She made part of the passage North together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars), submarine FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) and FFS Minerve (Lt. H.F.D. Simon-Dubuisson). (2)
13 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN), HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN), HMS Hamlet (T/Lt. J.C. Boyd, RNVR) and HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). (3)
In the afternoon Trusty departed from Dundee for Scapa Flow. She is escorted by HMS Celia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.B. Merrick, RNR). (6)
- ADM 199/1856
- ADM 199/1838
- ADM 173/18123
- ADM 173/18180
- ADM 173/18214
- ADM 173/19127
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.