Allied Warships

HMS Tervani (4.110)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Oct 1930 
Commissioned 1941 
Lost7 Feb 1943 
Loss position37° 22'N, 6° 14'E

Completed on 10 November 1930.
Taken over by the Admiralty in 1941.
Displacement: 409 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr AA gun.

HMS Tervani (Skr. Frederick George Blockwell, RNR) was sunk off Cape Bougaroni, Algeria in position 37º22'N, 06º14'E by the Italian submarine Platino at 23.27 hours on 7 February 1943.


Commands listed for HMS Tervani (4.110)

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1T/Skr. George Douglas, RNR1 Nov 193916 Sep 1940
2T/Skr. John Cormack, RNR16 Sep 1940mid 1941

3Skr. David Main Mein, DSC, RNR9 Aug 1941Sep 1942
4Skr. Frederick George Blockwell, RNRSep 19427 Feb 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Tervani include:

7 Feb 1943
Tervani was assigned to patrol and minesweeping duties in the North African theatre. In the late evening of 7 February, she was towing the French water tanker Moy Mazout under escort of the RN trawlers Achroite and Arnold Bennett when she was torpedoed off Cap Bougaroun (Algeria) by the Platino (Lt. Vittorio Patrelli-Campagnano).
Tervani sank quickly, leaving only 2 survivors. The initial belief this sinking was the work of submarine Acciaio has been superseded by the archival research indicating Acciaio's target was the fast minelayer Abdiel, which reported being missed by 2 torpedoes at 2330 hrs in 37°28'N, 06°20'E.

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