Allied Warships

HMS Milford Princess (FY 616)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 616 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Feb 1924 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in March 1924.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 301 tons.

Returned to her owner in September 1945.
Renamed Glenbervie in 1951.
Scrapped at Hamburg, Germany in September 1963.


Commands listed for HMS Milford Princess (FY 616)

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1T/Skr. James William Cook, RNR31 Dec 194031 Jan 1941
2Skr. Edward Charles King, DSC, RNR31 Jan 1941Dec 1943
3T/Skr. George William Hogben, RNRDec 19439 Apr 1944
4T/Skr. Joseph Thomas Arnold, RNR9 Apr 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Milford Princess include:

18 May 1940

Operation Quixote.

Cutting of underwater telephone lines between Scandinavia and the U.K.

On 18 May 1940 the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Cape Melville (Ch.Skr. A. Flaws, RNR), HMS Grampian (Lt.Cdr. A. Longmuir, RNR), HMS James Lay (Skr. W.H. Makings, RNR), HMS Milford Princess (T/Skr. J.W. Cook, RNR), HMS Milford Queen (T/Skr. F.J. Burgess, RNR) and HMS Pelton (Skr. J.A. Sutherland, RNR) departed Harwich to cut underwater telephone cables. They were escorted by the patrol vessel HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) D.F. Beattie, RN). Cover for the operation was provided by the destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN).

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