Allied Warships

HMS Ensay (T 216)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 216 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered17 May 1941 
Laid down24 Oct 1941 
Launched5 Mar 1942 
Commissioned1 Aug 1942 
End service 

Sold to the Italian Navy on 16 February 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Ensay (T 216)

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1T/Lt. Ronald White, RNVR22 Jul 194210 Aug 1942
2T/Lt. Kenneth Johnston Reece, RNVR10 Aug 194222 Mar 1943
3Lt. Trevor Walton Lewis, DSC, RANVR22 Mar 19432 Jun 1943
4T/Lt. Rodney James Murray Eden, RNVR2 Jun 1943Sep 1945
5F M Cornwall, RNVRSep 1945

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Notable events involving Ensay include:

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). (1)

1 Jul 1943
Around 0815B/1, HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) arrived at Algiers from Gibraltar. She was escorted in by HMS Ensay (T/Lt. R.J.M. Eden, RNVR) which had joined at 0620B/1. (2)


  1. ADM 173/17921
  2. ADM 173/18241

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

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