Allied Warships

HMS Neave (T 247)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
ClassIsles 
PennantT 247 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered24 Oct 1941 
Laid down11 Apr 1942 
Launched16 Jul 1942 
Commissioned18 Nov 1942 
End service 
HistorySold 1 July 1951.

 

Commands listed for HMS Neave (T 247)

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1T/Lt. Thomas Ross, RNVR3 Nov 1942mid 1945

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Notable events involving Neave include:


4 Mar 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with ML 159 (T/Lt. B.D. Gerrans, RNVR), ML 183 (T/Lt. A.J. Wright, RNVR) and ML 184 (T/Lt. R.W.A. Winter, RNVR), HMS Melbreak (Lt. G.E.C.G. Baines, RN), HMIS Godavari (A/Capt. J.W. Jefford, OBE, RIN), HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) and HMS Skomer (A/Skr.Lt. D.E.S. Mair, DSO, RNR). (1)

7 Apr 1944
ORP Dzik (Kpt.mar. (Lt.Cdr.) B.S. Romanowski) anchored in Penzance Bay not having met her escort towards Plymouth. Her escort, HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) arrived and anchored later the same day. (2)

8 Apr 1944
ORP Dzik (Kpt.mar. (Lt.Cdr.) B.S. Romanowski) and her escort, HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) weighted anchor and proceeded from Penzance Bay to Plymouth. En-route they had encountered a fishing vessel in distress which HMS Neave then took in tow towards Plymouth.

[Most likely, while at Plymouth, ORP Dzik participated in A/S exercises.] (2)

11 May 1944
At 2120 hours (zone -2), HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN), lost depth control as 'A' tank suddenly flooded, and hit bottom at 498 feet. Damage was severe, there were several leaks, her main motors were flooded and she was unable to dive. It took almost four hours to effect repairs and several attempts were undertaken before Seraph finally surfaced. Contact with Coastal Command aircraft was established at 0500/12 and a message was passed to her to relay as Seraph's own W/T set was out of action.

At 2020/12 contact was made with a USAAF Liberator and another message was passed to this aircraft requesting assistance and an escort.

As of the early morning hours of the 13th aircraft remained with Seraph until the 3rd Escort Group arrived with the frigates HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR) and HMS Berry (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.S. Pirie, RNVR). The 3rd Escort Group however left after about 1 hour but later returned. The trawler HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) and and tug HMS Abeille IV arrived during the day and relieved the two frigates. (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19217
  2. ADM 199/1853
  3. ADM 173/18698

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


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