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St. GORAN H 356
Built
1936
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
164966
Length Ft
172.2
Tons Gross
564
Yard Number
614
Breadth Ft
29.1
Tons Net
210
Launched
05 Sept 1936
Draught  
Hp
157 HP
Registered
22 Oct 1936
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
12.3K
Registered St. GORAN H 356 Owners 1936 Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd Hull
  H.M.T St. GORAN Owners Admiralty 09 Sept 1939
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Fate :

The St Goran arrived at Namsos with other ships of the 15 / 16 Striking Forces on April 28th 1940. On arrival at Namsen Fjord the St Goran loaded stores for the Royal marine Howitzer battery, the stores were accompanied by Colour Seargeant Swallow RM. The St Goran then proceeded to Namsos and was greeted by a severe air raid, and she was told to return to the mouth of the Fjord.

The St Goran then returned to Namsos at dusk and on the orders of HMS Carlisle offloaded Ammunition she then proceded to the pier to pick up French troops. The French troops were ferried to a French transport ship and the St Goran returned to the pier to unload the Royal Marine stores but was informed nothing else could be taken onto the pier. After spending the day at sea on the 29th the St Goran again returned to Namsos at night to relieve her RM stores but again was told by HMS Bittern to retain them. On the morning of Tuesday 30 Apr enemy aircraft were heared and all hands reported to action stations. At 09.30 the Oerliken gun opened fire on one of three Heinkels which had dived to attack the St Goran, 3 bombs were dropped in subsequent dives from the bombers and narrowly missed the St Goran, the bridge took heavy hits from the bombers machine guns, resulting in the immediate death of the Captain, Second Hand Glenton ( at the wheel ), Seaman Marlow on the bridge Lewis gun and Signalman Parsons. Colour Sergeant Swallow RM was fataly wounded while manning the guns, Leading Telegraphist Kent and Leading Seaman Rilatt received minor wounds. The St Goran had substained damage to her stearing gear and the bridge, the Oerliken and Lewis guns were damaged so not been in a position to defend herself the decision to abandon her till nightfall was made. On abandoning the St Goran the wounded were taken aboard H.M.Trawler Arab, enemy air attacks on the St Goran continued throughout the afternooon.On returning to the vessel about 22.00 the St Goran was taking water and due to the enemy climate and damage to the St Goran the decision to sink her was made to stop her falling into enemy hands. H.M.Trawler Cape Passaro assisted in the sinking by using gunfire and the St Goran sank at 04.30 on 1st May 1940. ADM 199/478

Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
Anti-Submarine
 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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Mc GUIGAN WILLIAM CLARKE 36 HMT ST GORAN . Lt Commander 30 Apr 1940 Son of John and Isabel McGuigan, of Belfast; husband of Lucy McGuigan, of Belfast
GLENTON THOMAS ARTHUR 41 HMT ST GORAN . Second Hand 30 Apr 1940 Husband of Ethel Rose Glenton, of Gipsyville, Hull - Son of Joseph and Kate Glenton
MARLOW FREDERICK NAYLOR RICHARDSON 39 HMT ST GORAN . Seaman 30 Apr 1940 .
PARSONS HAROLD EDWIN 36 HMT ST GORAN . Signalman 30 Apr 1940 Son of Edwin H. and Elsie M. Parsons, of Wallington, Surrey
SWALLOW LIONEL EDWARD . HMT ST GORAN . Colour Seargeant 30 Apr 1940 Royal Marines -from HMS Carlisle
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Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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BRASSEY HUGO BULKELEY . HMT ST GORAN . Skp Lieutenant RANVR 01 May 1940 Skipper Brassey was MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES twice while at Namsos - Survivor of bombing
HAMILTON . . HMT ST GORAN . Sub Lieutenant 01 May 1940 Survivor of bombing
REID ALAN . HMT ST GORAN . Temp Lieutenant 01 May 1940 Survivor of bombing - MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
KENT . . HMT ST GORAN . Telegraphist 01 May 1940 Survivor of bombing
RILATT EDWARD SPENCER 3rd . HMT ST GORAN Hull Leading Seaman 01 May 1940 Survivor of bombing
BENNETT ROBERT . HMT ST GORAN Hull . 01 May 1940 Survivor of bombing
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Mention in Despatches

Lieutenant Hugo Bulkeley Brassey, R.A.N.V.R

Temporary Lieutenant - Alan Reid