Allied Warships

HMS Sluna (T 177)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
ClassIsles 
PennantT 177 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered13 Sep 1940 
Laid down3 Dec 1940 
Launched14 Apr 1941 
Commissioned16 Oct 1941 
End service 
HistorySold in July 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Sluna (T 177)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Eric William Middleton, RNVR2 Oct 194125 Feb 1942
2T/Lt. Cecil Gerald Pilbeam, RNVR25 Feb 1942Jun 1944
3T/Lt. Rupert Lyell Thorpe, RNZNVRJune 19441 Nov 1944
4T/S.Lt. George Howard Vincent Lees, RNVR1 Nov 1944Dec 1944
5T/Lt. Rupert Lyell Thorpe, RNZNVRDec 1944

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There is no island named Sluna. The name chosen by the Admiralty was Shuna named for two islands in the Hebrides. The builder, Cochrane, made a typographical error and the ship was named Sluna upon launching. Nobody either caught the error, or worried about it, so the name stuck. (1)

As of January 1942 she was part of the 6th. Trawler Group based at Plymouth. There were three other Isles class trawlers in the 6th. Group: Hildasay, Pladda, and Shappinsay.

20 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR) and HMS Sluna (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Middleton, RNVR). (2)

22 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Rockrose (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Birch, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Sluna (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Middleton, RNVR) and HMS Rosalind (Skr. E.G. Littler, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

27 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Sluna (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Middleton, RNVR) and HMS Rosalind (Skr. E.G. Littler, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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