Warship Week Adoptions in Wales, Part 2: North Wales

Peter Schofield’s North Wales listing of Warship Week adoptions throws up a real mystery – namely, the question of what happened in Merionethshire. The Imperial War Museum has a Welsh-language poster encouraging fund-raising for a Warship Week in 21-28 March 1942, the aim being to raise £500,000 for a destroyer to be named HMS Meirionydd – although in reality, this would presumably have had the English spelling, Merioneth. However, no such ship was ever built; the poster shows one of the fifty old ‘four stack’ destroyers transferred from the US Navy in 1940, but these had all been named and commissioned long before. Merionethshire actually seems to have sponsored HMS Celt, a new destroyer ordered in 1942, but this ship was later renamed Sword as part of the new Weapon-class, and was never actually completed, being scrapped on the slipway at the end of the war without even being launched. So the question of what happened to the money raised in Merionethshire remains a mystery.

HMS Montgomery, one of the ex-US Navy 'four stacker' destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend Lease in 1940

HMS Montgomery, one of the ex-US Navy ‘four stacker’ destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend Lease in 1940

Talybont  Type III Hunt Class Destroyer
Menai Bridge, Beaumaris Beaumaris Bangor Class Minesweeper £113,898
Amlwch £32,566
Holyhead £81,856
Llangefni £33,284
Llanerchymedd £15,660
Valley RD £55,119
Bangor and District Bangor Bangor Class Minesweeper 14-22 Mar 1942
Bethesda UD MGB 333 Motor Gun Boat
Caernarfon Arctic Pioneer Trawler APV
Conwy Erica Flower Class Corvette 15-22 Nov 1941
Criccieth UD MGB 334 Motor Gun Boat
Llanberis and District MTB 339 Motor Torpedo Boat
Llanfairfechan UD HM ML 150 Motor Launch 14-12 Mar 1942
Llandudno Llandudno Bangor Class Minesweeper 15-22 Nov 1941 £222,000
Penmaenmawr MTB 223 Motor Torpedo Boat 14-21 Mar 1942
Pwllheli Usk U Class Submarine
Porthmadog Blackfly Trawler AS
 [Possibly add Betws-y-Coed]  MTB 233  Motor Torpedo Boat
Abergele UD Hollyhock Flower Class Corvette 28 Feb to 7 Mar 1942
[Hollyhock lost Apr 42, Abergele then adopted] Derg River Class Frigate
Ceiriog Valley MTB 27 Motor Torpedo Boat
Cerrigydrudion MTB 344 Motor Torpedo Boat
Colwyn Bay Jackal J Class Destroyer 15-22 Nov 1941
[Jackal lost May 42, Colwyn Bay then adopted] Cambrian C Class Destroyer
Denbigh MB and District Hyderabad Flower Class Corvette
Llangollen Dianella Flower Class Corvette
Llanrwst and District Othello Shakespeare Class Trawler
Rhosllanerchrugog Anenome Flower Class Corvette
St Asaph Civil Parish Dittany Flower Class Corvette
Tanat and Cynllaith Valleys Acacia Bay Class Trawler
East Denbighshire
West Wrexham Begonia Flower Class Corvette
Wrexham, Holt, Isycoed, Marchweil Veteran Admiralty Modified W Class Destroyer 29 Nov to 6 Dec 1941 £366,000
Cefyn, Ruabon Wistiria Flower Class Corvette 29 Nov to 6 Dec 1941
Chirk TBC Motor Torpedo Boat 29 Nov to 6 Dec 1941
Buckley UD Foxtrot Dance Class AS Trawler 7-14 Mar 1942 £65,332
Connahs Quay UD and District Tuscan T Class Destroyer Mar-42
Flint and District Felixstowe Bangor Class Minesweeper
Holywell and District P48 U Class Submarine
Mold L26 L Class Submarine
Prestatyn and District Boston Bangor Class Minesweeper
Rhyl and District Rhyl Bangor Class Minesweeper
Merionethshire Celt Destroyer  [see above]
Montgomeryshire Montgomery Town Class Destroyer Type 5 7-14 Mar 1942