Allied Warships

HMIS Travancore (T 312)

MS Trawler of the Basset class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 312 
Built byGarden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (Calcutta, India) 
Ordered29 Jul 1940 
Laid down12 Nov 1940 
Launched7 Jul 1941 
CommissionedJan 1942 
End service 

Decommissioned in 1947.


Commands listed for HMIS Travancore (T 312)

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1T/Lt. Alexander Taylor, RINR13 Oct 19411 Dec 1942
2T/Lt. William Hoyes-Cock, RINVR1 Dec 194222 Jul 1943
3T/Lt. Robert Benjamin Simkins, RINR22 Jul 194314 Aug 1943
4T/Lt. Charles Beresford Sutherland, RINR14 Aug 194311 Jun 1944
5T/Lt. William Hoyes-Cock, RINVR11 Jun 19447 Sep 1944
6T/Lt. S. J. D. Carvalho, RINVR7 Sep 194412 Jun 1945
7T/Lt. Charles Melville Hutton, RINR12 Jun 194530 Sep 1945
8T/Lt. Shire Mangal Singh, RINR30 Sep 1945> Oct 1946

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Notable events involving Travancore include:

26 Feb 1942
HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee to join convoy MR 5 at sea which she did around 0830F/27 (zone -6).

This convoy had departed Madras, India the same day for Rangoon, Burma and was made up of the British merchants Erinpura (5143 GRT, built 1911), Ethiopia (5574 GRT, built 1922), Karoa (7009 GRT, built 1915) and Varsova (4701 GRT, built 1914). They were escorted by HMIS Ramdas (Lt. G.M. Hart, RINR) and HMIS Travancore (T/Lt. A. Taylor, RINR). These escorts returned when HMS Dorsetshire took over the escort from position 12°40'N, 82°30'E. (1)


  1. ADM 53/115815

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

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