Warship Week Adoptions in Wales, Part 1: South Wales

Appendix Two of Britannia’s Dragon provides a list of adoptions of warships by Welsh communities during World War II, as they were known to me at the time of completing the book. I knew that my list was very unlikely to be comprehensive, hence my comment that I would publish any additions or corrections notified to me on my website. This statement has been overtaken by events, namely my decision to launch this site, which is where all such amendments will now be posted. I’ve also been corresponding with Peter Schofield, a volunteer with the Imperial War Museum, who has been carrying out extensive research on Warship Weeks. He has provided me with both a list of corrections to the listing I provide in the book and with his Excel files of known adoptions. Peter has generously agreed to allow me to publish the latter on this site, with that for South Wales appearing below, and I am very grateful to him for allowing this invaluable information to come into the public domain in this way. The table below gives the name of the community, the name and type of ship that was adopted, the dates of the community’s ‘Warship Week’ if known, and the total amount raised if known. Additional information from those with local knowledge of what happened in particular communities would be very welcome!

Corrections to Appendix 2 of Britannia’s Dragon

  • Cwmbran adopted HMS Turquoise and not MTB 79; this vessel was adopted by Blaenavon
  • Gwendraeth Valley adopted MGB 51
  • HMS Gardenia is repeated (Cowbridge and Llangan); the vessel was adopted by Cowbridge
  • Radnorshire adopted HMS Scorpion which was ex HMS Sentinel, both destroyers
  • Lladridnod Wells UD did not adopt the submarine HMS Sentinel as the town was part of the Radnorshire effort
  • Pembroke adopted HMS Nubian,
  • HMS Coventry (adopted by Coventry) lost 14 Sept 1942 and then adopted HMS Argonaut, therefore not adopted by Pembrokeshire south

List of Adoptions in South Wales

Breconshire
Brecon MB and RD Brecon Type IV Hunt Class Destroyer Mar-42
Brynmawr MTB 104 Motor Torpedo Boat
Builth Wells and District Cordelia Trawler – Minesweeper
Crickhowell RD Drangey Trawler – AS
Hay UD MTB 226 Motor Torpedo Boat 7-14 Mar 1942
Llanwrtryd Wells and District HM ML 137 Motor Launch
Sennybridge HM ML 136 Motor Launch
Talgarth HM ML 106 Motor Launch 29 Nov to 6 Dec 1941
Ystradgynlais RD Rosalind Shakespeare Class Trawler
Cardiganshire Tanatside Type IV Hunt Class Destroyer 14-21 Mar 1942
Carmarthenshire
Amman Valley Holderness Type I Hunt Class Destroyer 28 Feb to 7 Mar 1942
Bettws MTB 233 Motor Torpedo Boat
Carmarthen and RD Penylan Type III Hunt Class Destroyer 28 Feb to 7 Mar 1942
Gwendraeth Valley MGB 51 Motor Gun Boat
Llandeilo and District Juliet Shakespeare ClassTrawler
Llandovery, Llandeilo (part) Cornelian Trawler Minesweeper
Llanelly MB and RD Echo E Class Destroyer Mar-42
Newcastle Emlyn UD Quadrille Dance Class AS Trawler 28 Feb to 7 Mar 1942
Glamorgan
Aberdare Aberdare Albury Class Minesweeper 21-28 Feb 1942
Barry Vanessa Admiralty V Class Destroyer Dec-41 £214,000
Bridgend Urge U Class Submarine 15-22 Nov 1941
Caerphilly Caldwell Town Class Destroyer Type 5 17-24 Jan 1942 £123,309
Cowbridge Gardenia Flower Class Corvette
Cardiff RD Albury Albury Class Minesweeper
Cardiff Cardiff C Type Light Cruiser 17 Jan 1942?
Glyncorrwg UD MGB 58 Motor Gun Boat 15-22 Nov 1941
Gwynfr RD (part) MGB 329 Motor Gun Boat
Gower MTB 18 Motor Torpedo Boat 18-25 Oct 1941 £120,000
Llantristant and Llantwit Fardre Minuet Dance Class AS Trawler
Llwchwr Unseen U Class Submarine
Maesteg Mallow Flower Class Corvette 21-28 Feb 1942
Merthyr Tydfil Beverley Town Class Destroyer Type 4 Feb-42
Mountain Ash Exe River Class Frigate 7-14 Mar 1942
Ogmore Valley and District Quannet Boom Defence Vessel 7-14 Mar 1942
MGB 57 Motor Gun Boat
Porthcawl MTB 84 Motor Torpedo Boat 21 Feb 1942?
Pontypridd Tamarisk Flower Class Corvette Mar-42
Penarth Sharpshooter Halcyon Class Minesweeper Mar-42
Pontradawe Umbra U Class Submarine
Port Talbot Wishart Thorneycroft Modified W Class Destroyer Feb-42
Pontllotyn and Gelligaer Gnat Insect Class Gunboat
Rhondda Velox Admiralty V Class Destroyer Mar-42
Swansea Arethusa Arethusa Class Light Cruiser 15-22 Nov 1941
Monmouthshire
Abergevenny MB and RD MGB 332 Motor Gun Boat
Abercarn MTB 256 Motor Torpedo Boat
Abertillery Nigella Flower Class Corvette
Bedwas and Machen MTB 62 Motor Torpedo Boat 21-28 Feb 1942
Bedwellty Buttercup Flower Class Corvette 14-21 Feb 1942
Blaenavon MTB 79 Motor Torpedo Boat
Blaina and Nantyglo Cedar Trawler – Minesweeper
Caerleon UD HM ML 147 Motor Launch
Chepstow and District Cape Warwick Trawler
Cwmbran and Pontnewydd Turquoise Trawler 17-24 Jan 1942
Ebbw Vale Alresford Albury Class Minesweeper
Magor and St Mellons Magnet Boom Defence Vessel
Monmouth MB and RD Coral Gem Class Trawler
Mynyddislwyn Sapphire Trawler 17-24 Jan 1942
Newport Newport Town Class Destroyer Type 6 31 Jan to 7 Feb 1942 £854,106
Penygroes Corena Trawler – Minesweeper
Risca Primrose Flower Class Corvette
Tredegar RD Inkpen Hills Class AS Trawler
Usk Tango Dance Class AS Trawler
Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire Nubian Tribal Class Destroyer 24-31 Jan 1942
Milford Haven
Radnorshire Sentinel S Class Destroyer 21-28 Mar 1942
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