Category Archives: Warship weeks

Welsh ‘Warship Weeks’ Updates

Further work by Peter Schofield has revealed the following changes to the South Wales listing previously posted on this site:

  • Abergavenny – should be MTB332, not MGB; the town’s Warship Week took place between 14 and 21 March 1942.
  • Ogmore and Garw Valley – it seems that these were two separate adoptions, HMS Quannet by Ogmore and MGB57 by Garw Valley.
  • Port Talbot Warship Week was 7-14 February 1942.

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

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

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
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
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
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 Nubian Tribal Class Destroyer 24-31 Jan 1942
Milford Haven
Radnorshire Sentinel S Class Destroyer 21-28 Mar 1942