Military-class trawler

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Military-class trawler
HMS Guardsman FL13671.jpg
HMS Guardsman in 1944
Class overview
Builders: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Operators:  Royal Navy
Built: 1941–1944
In commission: 1943–1945
Completed: 9
Lost: nil
General characteristics [1]
Type: Naval trawler
Displacement: 830 long tons (843 t)
Length: 193 ft (59 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 14.10 ft (4.30 m)
Propulsion: Reciprocating engine, 1 shaft
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph)
Complement: 40

The Military class of Admiralty trawlers was a small class of trawlers built for the British Royal Navy during the Second World War.

The vessels were intended for use as minesweepers and for anti-submarine warfare, and the design was based on a commercial type, Lady Madeleine by Cook Welton and Gemmell of Beverley.[2] The purpose of the order was to make use of specialist mercantile shipyards to provide vessels for war use by adapting commercial designs to Admiralty specifications. Between 1941 and 1943 the Royal Navy ordered nine such vessels from Cook Welton and Gemmel. All saw active service, but none were lost in action. The Military-class trawlers were the largest trawlers built for the Royal Navy and bear comparison with the Flower-class corvettes.[3]


  • Bombardier (T304), completed 19 May 1943
  • Coldstreamer (T337), completed 10 April 1943
  • Fusilier (T305), completed 30 April 1943
  • Grenadier (T334), completed 10 February 1943
  • Guardsman (T393), completed 22 August 1944
  • Home Guard (T394), completed 10 September 1944
  • Lancer (T335), completed 25 February 1943
  • Royal Marine (T395), completed 30 October 1944
  • Sapper (T336), completed 19 March 1943

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Conway p. 67
  2. ^ Elliott p. 286
  3. ^ Conway p. 67


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