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HMS Fishguard


HMS Fishguard was a sloop of the Banff class. She ws built by: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. in Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and launched on the 28th September 1927 as USCG Tahoe. She was commissioned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease scheme on the 30th April 1941 and served until 27th March 1946 when she was returned to the United States. Her recommissioning with the USN was cancelled and she was sold on 24 October 1947.

Known movements of HMS Fishguard

  • 30th April 1941, joined Royal Navy from USN.
  • 6th May 1941, departed Halifax with Convoy HX125A
  • 16 May 1941, Convoy HX125A joined with Convoy HX125B
  • 22nd May 1941, arrived Liverpool with Convoy HX125A
  • 1st June 1941 Departed Halifax with Convoy HX 130
  • 20th June 1941, arrived Liverpool with Convoy HX 130
  • 26th June 1941, Departed Halifax with Convoy HX 135
  • 12th July 1941, arrived Liverpool with Convoy HX 135
  • 4th September 1941, Departed Freetown with Convoy SL.86
  • 26th September 1941, Arrived Liverpool with Convoy SL.86
  • 26th April 1942 Departed Freetown with Convoy SL.108
  • 19th May 1942 Arrived Liverpool with Convoy SL.108
  • 25th June 1942 Departed Freetown with Convoy SL.114
  • 17th July 1942 Arrived Liverpool with Convoy SL.114
  • 27th March 1946 returned to the United States.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Fishguard

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Hart Leonard George Richard. Lt Cmdr.
  • Malina Arnold. Able Seaman.
  • Young Hugh. Sig.
  • Young James. CPO.

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Able Seaman. Arnold Malina HMS Fishguard

My Father was Able Seaman Arnold Malina, he trained at HMS Collingwood from 12 May 1943 August 1943 to 20 July 1943.

He served on HMS Fishguard from 1943 to December 1945. Convoy escorts in Indian Ocean from 21/11/1943 to 31/05/1945 out of bases HMS Tana, Kilindini, Kenya and HMS Lanka in Ceylon from 01/06/1945 to 31/10/1945

Mike Malina

Sig. Hugh Young HMS Fishguard

My father-in-law, Hugh Young, of Glasgow was a radio operator and signalman , on HMS Fishguard. He was later joined on board by his younger brother, James Young. He told me of a time when they would tow a target barge to sea, known as a drogue, (not sure of the spelling). A firing officer from a heavier fighting ship would come aboard and direct fire, calling firing corrections through the radio man. One day, while on drogue duty, they were heading off to sea, when my father-in-law asked where they were picking up the drogue. The officer looked at him with a grin and replied, “you are the drogue” and soon enough, shells were falling around the ship. When he signed on the ship, the sailor he was replacing, was still aboard, and wasn’t about to give up his hammock. This meant Hugh had to sleep on a table in the galley. He awoke the first night rolling around on the floor with potatoes and canned goods and about an inch of water, due to heavy seas. Not the best way to start a tour! Hugh moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the early fifties, his brother Jim moved to Welland, Ontario, Canada. Unfortunatly they have both passed away. Hugh had many great stories about the crew and ship, there was another radio operator he only mentioned as “Ginger” as he had red hair, but I never did get his full name.

Rick Cuttriss

CPO. James Young HMS Fishguard

At the beginning of WW2, I remember my eldest brother James studying for examinations for his position in the Royal Navy. I believe he studied ballistics and was a CPO Gunnery. I also believe he transferred early in the war from HMS Manchester to HMS Fishguard where his younger brother Hugh Young was a telegraphist. James was concerned for the wellbeing of his younger brother at the time of the transfer. I understand that both brothers served in the area of Capetown South Africa for some time during the war.

G Young

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