Allied Warships

HMS Hildasay (T 173)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 173 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered13 Sep 1940 
Laid down26 Oct 1940 
Launched29 Apr 1941 
Commissioned30 Sep 1941 
Lost21 Jun 1945 

Wrecked near Kilindili on 21 June 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Hildasay (T 173)

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1T/Lt. William Percival Hart, RNR24 Sep 19419 Jun 1942
2T/Lt. Hugh Cecil Doman, RNVR9 Jun 1942mid 1944
3T/Lt. Jack Desmond Daniel, RNVRmid 1944Jul 1944
4T/Lt. Jean Louis Cornez, RNRJul 194421 Apr 1945
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. W C Wilkinson, KRNVR21 Apr 194521 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Hildasay include:

16 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HrMs Jan van Brakel (Lt.Cdr. Baron T.K. van Asbeck, RNN), HMCS Rosthern (Lt. W. Russell, RCNR), HMS Hildasay (T/Lt. W.P. Hart, RNR) and HMS Cape Argona (T/Lt. R.G. Wallace, RNR). (1)

28 Sep 1942
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN) carries out exercises off Diego Suarez with HMS Shapinsay (A/Skr.Lt. W.S. Flowers, RNR) and HMS Hildasay (T/Lt. H.C. Doman, RNVR). Later on the day exercises were carried out with HMS Gambia (Capt. M.J. Mansergh, CBE, RN), HMS Dauntless (A/Capt. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNethN).

After the exercises were completed HMS Truant sets course for East London, South Africa while HMS Gambia, HMS Dauntless and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes remained out for night encounter exercises during the night of 28/29 September. On completion of these exercises HMS Dauntless and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes returned to Diego Suarez. (2)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 53/115733 + ADM 199/1861

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

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