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CAMBRIDGESHIRE H206
Built
1935
Smiths Dock Middlesborough
Off Number
164319
Length Ft
162.8
Tons Gross
443
Yard Number
987
Breadth Ft
26.7
Tons Net
161
Launched
02 July 1935
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock
Hp
112HP
Registered
Sept 1935
Draught
14.4
Knots
K
Registered CAMBRIDGESHIRE GY180 Owners 1935 Cambridge Fishing Co Ltd Grimsby
  HMT CAMBRIDGESHIRE Owners 1939 - 1945 Admiralty
  CAMBRIDGESHIRE Owners 1939
  CAMBRIDGESHIRE H206 Owners 1945 Hull Ice Co - Managed by Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd
  KINGSTON SAPPHIRE H206 Owners 1947 - 1954 Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd
    Owners  
Fate : Scrapped 1954
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
Aug 1939
FY142
Anti - Submarine
1945
On 17 June 1940, the vessel took part in the rescue of passengers and crew from the bombing of RMS Lancastria in the estuary of the River Loire during Operation Ariel. Using the ship's boat, many survivors were picked-up from the water while being bombed and machine gunned by German aircraft. The Cambridgeshire's Lewis gunners claimed to have shot down one of them. An estimated 800 were rescued by the trawler; one of them was Lord Inverclyde Three members of the Cambridgeshire's crew were decorated for their conduct. Later that night, Cambridgeshire was ordered to evacuate the commander of the British Expeditionary Force, Lieutenant-General Alan Brooke and his staff to England, because the destroyer allocated was no longer available. There were no rafts or life jackets onboard following the rescue work and the decks were covered in bunker oil and discarded clothing. General Brooke had to clean the oil from his cabin. She left St Nazaire at 3am on 18 June and arrived in Plymouth late on the afternoon of the following day, having acted as an escort to a convoy of evacuation ships en route.

In June 1944, Cambridgeshire took part in Operation Neptune, the naval element of the Normandy Landings.

 

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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BLEWETT ARTHUR . HMT CAMBRIDGESHIRE . Lt Commander RNR 26 Sept 1939 .
WOOLLEY GEORGE STEPHEN . HMT CAMBRIDGESHIRE . Temp Lieutenant RNVR 07 Sept 1940 .
ASHBY HERBERT FREDERICK BOTHWELL . HMT CAMBRIDGESHIRE . Temp Lieutenant RNVR 1942 .
CRAIGHEAD JOHN DIACK . HMT CAMBRIDGESHIRE . Temp/Act Lt Commander RNR 11 Aug 1943 .
TRUEMAN BRUCE SHANKS . HMT CAMBRIDGESHIRE . Temp/Act Lt Commander RNVR 30 Mar 1945 .
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