Allied Warships

HMS Gweal (T 246)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 246 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered24 Oct 1941 
Laid down12 Mar 1942 
Launched17 Jun 1942 
Commissioned4 Nov 1942 
End service 
HistorySold in 1948.

Former nameHMS Broreray

Commands listed for HMS Gweal (T 246)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Thomason Hodson, DSC, RNVR19 Jan 1943mid 1943
2T/Lt. Peter Edward Charles Reuben Main, RNVRmid 19431 Aug 1943
3T/Lt. Wynyard Paul Bush, DSC, RNVR1 Aug 1943early 1944
4T/Lt. Peter Edward Charles Reuben Main, RNVRearly 19441 Jan 1945
5T/Lt. Harold Hilton, RNVR1 Jan 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Gweal include:

19 Apr 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth.

First with HMS Limbourne (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN) and HMS Tanatside (Lt.Cdr. F.D. Brown, RN). Then with HMS Wensleydale (Lt. J.A. McClure, DSC, RN). Later with HMS Gweal (/A/Lt.Cdr. W.T. Hodson, DSC and Bar, RNVR) and HMS Lincolnshire (A/Skr.Lt. S.L. Larner, RNR) and finally with HMS Susannah Jane (T/Lt. H.U. Thompson, RNVR), HMS Black Arrow (T/Lt. A.K. Rothnie, RNVR) and HMS Romaro (T/S.Lt. J.S.C. Dealy, RNVR). (1)

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). (2)

25 Jul 1945
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Gweal (T/Lt. H. Hilton, RNVR), HMS Thirlmere (T/Lt. H.O. Olsen, RNR), HMS Amber (T/Lt. C.A. Lines, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Upshot]. (3)


  1. ADM 173/18173
  2. ADM 173/18697
  3. ADM 173/20193

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

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