Allied Warships

HMS Arthur Cavenagh (FY 566)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 566 
Built byBow McLachlan & Co. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched8 May 1918 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 

Completed on 28 May 1918.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 277 tons.

Sold in January 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Arthur Cavenagh (FY 566)

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1W J Goouch, RNR30 Aug 193924 Feb 1940
2Skr. Thomas William Kirby, RNR24 Feb 194028 Dec 1942
3T/Lt. Harry Albert Vincent, RNVR28 Dec 1942Jun 1944
4T/Lt. James Galloway Reeve, RNVRJun 19448 Jan 1945
5T/Lt. George Donald Railton, RNVR8 Jan 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Arthur Cavenagh include:

11 Feb 1941
HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) departed Tobruk for Benghazi escorting the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Arthur Cavanagh (Skr. T.W. Kirby, RNR) and HMS Milford Countess (T/A/S.Lt. R.H. Vallings, RNR). At Benghazi the harbour had to be cleared of mines.

19 Feb 1941
A convoy made up of the transports Palermo (British, 2928 GRT, built 1938) and Escaut (Belgian, 1087 GRT, built 1938) departed Benghazi for Tobruk.

They were escorted by the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), destroyer HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), corvettes HMS Gloxinia (Lt.Cdr. A.J.C. Pomeroy, RNVR), HMS Hyacinth (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNR), HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO, RN) and the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Arthur Cavanagh (Skr. T.W. Kirby, RNR) and HMS Milford Countess (T/A/S.Lt. R.H. Vallings, RNR).

Shortly after departure the destroyer HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) joined coming from patrol.

A.M. on the 20th, HMS Coventry parted company.

P.M. on the 20th, HMS Gloxinia, Hyacinth, HMS Arthur Cavenagh and HMS Milford Countess parted company with the convoy to proceed to Alexandria.

The remaining ships arrived at Tobruk on 21 February 1941. (1)


  1. Report of proceedings of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla for February 1941 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for February 1941

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