Allied Warships

HMS Damsay (T 208)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 208 
Built byGeorge Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland) : Aitchison Blair 
Ordered18 Jan 1941 
Laid down20 Aug 1941 
Launched27 Jun 1942 
Commissioned30 Sep 1942 
End service 
HistorySold 28 August 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Damsay (T 208)

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1T/Lt. Alexander Michael Sullivan, RNVR17 Aug 1942Jan 1945
2T/Lt. A A Burke, RNVRJan 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Damsay include:

13 May 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS H 32 (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN) that was to proceed to Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Damsay (T/Lt. A.M. Sullivan, RNVR). (1)

13 Sep 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Milford Haven with HMS Fiaray (T/Lt. M.G. King, SANF(V)), HMS Bern (T/Lt. E.S. Brookes, RNVR) and HMS Damsay (T/Lt. A.M. Sullivan, RNVR). (2)

14 Sep 1943
HMS Una (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Milford Haven on a target towed by HMS Damsay (T/Lt. A.M. Sullivan, RNVR). (2)

25 Aug 1944
HMS Pennywort (Lt. W.P. Hart, RNR) and HMS Damsay together pick up 59 survivors from the British merchant Orminster that was torpedoed and sunk by the Germans submarine U-480 in the English Channel about 35 nautical miles northwest of Cap d?Antifer in position 50°09'N, 00°44'W.


  1. ADM 173/18174
  2. ADM 173/18339

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

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