FALKLANDS REQUISITIONED HULL VESSELS
During April 1982, the Hull Trawlers JUNELLA, NORTHELLA, FARNELLA and CORDELLA Belonging to J. Marr & Son, Ltd, of Hull, and the PICT belonging to British United Trawlers Finance Ltd, Hull were requisitioned from their owners for war service. The trawlers proceeded to Rosyth where they were refitted out as minesweepers and on completion sailed for Portland. The vessels left Portland on the 27 Apr as part of the Task Force of the 11th Mine Counter Measures Squadron and entered the Falkland Islands war zone on 18 05 1982. The ships companies of the vessels were formed, mainly, of men from the 1st Mine Counter Measures and Fishery Protection Squadrons.
The commanding role of the vessels in the Falklands was that of Minesweeping but they were deployed on many other tasks and whilst in theatre the 11th Mine Counter Measures Squadron carried out the transfer of 3000 troops and their equipment from the QE2 to the Canberra in South Georgia. These vessels also assisted in operations involving the Special Air Service ( SAS ) and the Special Boat Service ( SBS) of which many night landings where made.
HMS JUNELLA, Whilst acting as a Mine Disposal ship outside Port Stanley she brought over her stern, a large green defused mine, which was still packed with enough explosives to sink her, as a 'Sample' was required at home.
HMS PICT During minesweeping operations, PICT landed most of her Ships Company ashore, the danger of being sunk was high due to the large number of mines located. She was manned by a crew of 14, the minimum considered necessary and she was the first vessel to enter Port Stanley after the surrender.
After returning to Rosyth and completing decommissioning the vessels returned to their home port for refitting as fishing vessels and in October and November the vessels were retuned to their owners and commenced fishing, the Northella was later Chartered by the Navy in 1983 for duties in the Clyde as a Navigational Training Ship. The Cordella changed ownership and whilst under a foreign flag was sunk with no loss of life.
All fishing crewmen that were made redundant when the vessels were requisitioned and left Hull received full pay from the admiralty untill the vessels were returned.
|HMS PICT||Ltcdr D G GARWOOD|
|HMS CORDELLA||Ltcdr M C G HOLLOWAY|
|HMS JUNELLA||Lt M ROWLEDGE|
|HMS FARNELLA||Lt R J BISHOP|
|HMS NORTHELLA||Lt J P S GREENOP|
Hull Trawlers Requisitioned for Falklands War