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AYRSHIRE H113
Built
1938
Smiths Dock Middlesborough
Off Number
164438
Length Ft
175.8
Tons Gross
575
Yard Number
1034
Breadth Ft
28.6
Tons Net
215
Launched
17 Jan 1938
Draught
15.0
Hp
99HP
Registered
19 Feb 1938
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock Co Ltd
Knots
K
Registered AYRSHIRE GY 520 Owners 19 02 1938 Ayrshire Fishing Co Ltd Grimsby ( Markham Cook Manager )
    Owners 09 08 1939 Grimsby register closed sold Hull
  AYRSHIRE H113 Owners 10 08 1939 Hellyer Brothers Ltd Hull
  H.M.T AYRSHIRE   22 09 1939 Admiralty Requisition at a rate of £384.15.0d per month
    Owners Oct 1945 Returned by Admiralty to owners
  AYRSHIRE H113 Owners 1945 Devon Fishing Co Ltd ( Mark & Graham Hellyer Managers ) Hull
Renamed MACBETH H113 Owners 1946 renamed - Devon Fishing Co Ltd ( Mark & Graham Hellyer Managers ) Hull
    Owners 1953 Hellyer Bros Ltd Hull
    Owners 25 05 1963 Transfered to Fleetwood - Wyre Trawlers Fleetwood
  MACBETH FD74 Owners 1964 Registered at Fleetwood - Wyre Trawlers Fleetwood
    Owners  
Fate : Scrapped 1966
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
22 09 1939
FY 225
Anti-Submarine
Oct 1945
11th A/S Strike Force Rosyth
20 Feb 1940 The AYRSHIRE was on patrol East of Copinsay, Orkney Islands in the company of H.M.T FIFESHIRE Commanded by Acting Sub-Lieutenant J.V . Searle-Wood 3 sudden large explosions were heared and felt by the Ayrshire and as she looked across at the Fifeshire realised she was sinking fast, as the Ayrshire turned and headed for the Fifeshire she spotted the Heinkel`s which had inflicted the fatal wounds, they were turning and heading back Ayrshire the next intended victim. As the Heinkel`s came the Ayrshire run straight at them her bow facing them the heinkel`s payload dropping all around her, the lone lewis gun of the Ayrshire was no match to the cannon fire she was receiving but she battled on and eventually survived the day as the Heinkels flew off. The Ayrshire picked up the sole survivor of the Fifeshire Seaman ALBERT BLOWERS and headed back to Rosyth..
Aug 1941 Transfered to Iceland
Convoy Escort - UR 6 - 07 Jan 1942 left for Iceland in company with Lady Madeline and Norwich City escorting 5 merchant vessels
Feb 1942 refitted at Androssan

Convoy PQ 17 - On 27 June 1942 the merchant ships and escorts left Hvalfjord Iceland, On the evening of the 4th July the convoy received the following signal.

Immediate: owing to threat from surface ships, convoy is to disperse and proceed to Russian ports. a second signal was then received closely after:

Most Immediate: My 2123/4. Convoy is to scatter.

The Convoy broke up each vessel heading to Russian ports. On the 6th July the Trawlers, St Austin, Lord Middleton, and Northern Gem arrived at the haven of Matochkin Strait.

When the order to scatter was given the trawler Ayrshire headed north towards the icepack under the command of Lt J.A Gradwell RNVR In company with the Ayrshire where the freighters, Troubador. Ironclad, and Silver Sword. By using the Troubador as an icebreaker they entered 20 miles into the icepack, then cammouflaged the south facing sides of the ships with white paint. Eventually they broke out and headed for Novaya Zemlya of which they reached on the 10th july. They continued the following day to Matochkin Strait. there they met another 3 ships and met up with a escort and on 24th July the Convoy reached Archangel. The command shown by Lt Gradwell no doubt saved the 3 freighters and his own commad from certain doom he was awarded the DSO for his actions.

 

 

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
HMT AYRSHIRE CREWMEN
AYLARD JOHN FRANCIS . HMT AYRSHIRE . Sub Lieutenant . War Service
ELSDEN RICHARD WILLIAM HILARY . HMT AYRSHIRE . Lieutenant . War Service
GRADWELL LEO JOSEPH ANTHONY DSC . HMT AYRSHIRE . Temp Lieutenant . War Service
WOODS ALBERT JAMES . HMT AYRSHIRE . Sub Lieutenant . War Service
MORRISON JOHN . HMT AYRSHIRE . Acting Petty Officer . War Service
GOWER JAMES ALFRED . HMT AYRSHIRE . Leading Seaman . War Service
WHYTE R . HMT AYRSHIRE . Temp Sub Lieutenant . War Service
COULMAN HERBERT . HMT AYRSHIRE . . . War Service ( Hull Man )
DIXON NIGEL . HMT AYRSHIRE . Sub Lieutenant . War Service
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The Distinguished Service Cross

Temporary Lieutenant Leo Joseph Anthony Gradwell, R.N.V.R.

Mention in Despatches

Temporary Lieutenant Richard William Hilary Elsden, R.N.V.R

Temporary Sub-Lieutenant John. Francis Aylard, R.N.V.R.

Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Albert James Woods, R.N.V.R.

Acting Petty Officer John Morrison, X-77iiC, R.N.R.

Leading Seaman James Alfred Gower, X.20044A, R.N.R.

Acting Sub-Lieutenant Nigel Dixon, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Ayrshire.