Allied Warships

HMS Graemsay (T 291)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 291 
Built byArdrossan Dockyard (Ardrossan, Scotland) : Plenty 
Ordered16 Jun 1941 
Laid down31 Dec 1941 
Launched3 Aug 1942 
Commissioned18 Jun 1943 
End service 


Commands listed for HMS Graemsay (T 291)

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1A/Skr.Lt. Arthur Richard Lewis, RNR27 May 19431 Mar 1945
2A/Skr.Lt. John Main, RNR1 Mar 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Graemsay include:

6 Oct 1943
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Williams, RD, RNR), HMS Seagull (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Ellis, DSC, RNR), HMS Llandudno (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Benson, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (1)

30 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Swift (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, RN), HMS Switha (T/Lt. V.S. Jeffery, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (2)

6 Jul 1944
HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Mermaid (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Mosse, RN), HMS Hamlet (T/Lt. J.C. Boyd, RNVR) and HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (3)

13 Aug 1944
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She departed for Dundee later the same day together with HMS Tuna (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Graemsay (A/Skr.Lt. A.R. Lewis, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/18454
  2. ADM 173/18443
  3. ADM 173/18719
  4. ADM 199/2572

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

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