HMS Wellington (1934) SL  (3rd)

This the third ship to carry the name HMS Wellington was a Grimsby Class (1934), sloop.

Built at Devonport Dockyard, laid down 25-Sep-1933,  launched 29-May-1934, and completed 24-Jan-1935.

Wellington was the first post-1926 sloop not not carry a British seaport name as she was intended to serve on the New Zealand Station., where she arrived at Wellington 13-May-1935.

Service around the South-West Pacific continued until 19-Aug-1939 when she was ordered to Auckland to prepare for war.

Moved to Penang from Sep-to Nov-1939 when she returned to the UK, arriving Jan-1940. Served as convoy escort in the Channel and Gibraltar routes until the surrender of France. Then it was to the North Atlantic as convoy escort until Mid-1941, when she moved to the Freetown route. Operated there until Nov-1942 when she escorted troop convoys associated with Operation Torch, the North Africa landings. This lasted until Jul-1943 when she moved to the West Africa Command based at Freetown.

Refitted at Bermuda from May to Jul-1944, with the work completed on the Clyde Sep-1944.

Returned to Freetown from Sep-1944 until Jan-1945 when she moved to Gibraltar, remaining there until the war in Europe ended. Took the surrender of U-541 on 12-May-1945.

Returned to the UK Jun-1945 and was put into reserve at Milford Haven 06-Aug-1945.

Sold 06-Feb-1947 as HQ ship for the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. Remains at her moorings at the Kings Reach of the Thames.

Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1939-45.


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- 2nd HMS Wellington
- 3rd HMS Wellington

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This page last edited - 29 May, 2012.

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