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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
 
     
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HMS GLENARM - Yard No 331 - River Class Frigate - Royal Navy - Built 1943

 

 Croix_de_Lorraine-ex-HMS-Glenarm

HMS GLENARM was transfered to the Free French Navy in 1944 and renamed

Croix de Lorraine

   
Owners   Royal Navy
           
Registered     Keel Laid    15/06/1942
Type of Ship    River Class Frigate Launched    08/03/1943
      Commissioned    30/07/1943
Ship Details          
Length Overall    301' 3" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    283' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 6"      
Draught    13' 0"      
G.R.T.    1590 tons      
DWT          
Complement     140 Officers and Men      
Engines    Two Admiralty 3-drum type boilers      
Props    2      
Speed    20 knots      
Armament     2 x QF 4 in /40 Mk.XIX, single mounts CP Mk.XXIII
 

•up to 10 x QF 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on twin mounts Mk.V and single mounts Mk.III

•1 x Hedgehog 24 spigot A/S projector

•up to 150 depth charges

 

     
Other known names   HMS STRULE, Croix de Lorraine    
           
Current Status   Scrapped in 1961    
Content on will be added as and when available. 
 CroixdeLorraine-ex-h.m.s

HMS GLENARM as the French Ship Croix de Lorraine

(Photo credit unknown)

 

 
War at Sea

War at Sea

In the vast literature of the Second World War there has never been a naval atlas showing graphically the complexities of the war at sea, a war which spread across every ocean. This new book will fill the gap.With more than 200 beautifully-designed maps and charts, the atlas sets out to visualise the great campaigns and major battles as well as the smaller operations, amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes and sinkings. While whole sections are given over to the Pacific war, the battle of the Atlantic and the campaigns in the Mediterranean, smaller but crucial events such as the landings at Dieppe receive in-depth treatment. The maps depict the dynamics of campaigns and battles but also include extensive information on the opposing forces, their ships and equipment and the strategic significance of events. General thematic maps, for instance, on ship losses, aerial strengths or convoy routes, give the reader an understanding of the many contributing factors that shaped the tactics and strategies of the Allied and Axis forces.No other work has attempted such an ambitious coverage of the war at sea in this period and it is destined to become a definitive reference work for naval enthusiasts and historians as well as general readers fascinated by the naval war that extended from the coldest arctic seas to the tropical islands of the Pacific.


Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.

 HMS GLENARM was the fourth River Class Frigate built and launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

 She had an early success in the U-Boat war and is credited with a successful attack on U-377 was a German submarine Type V11C. She was sunk on the 17th January 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland,  by depth charges from the destroyer HMS Wanderer and HMS Glenarm. The U-Boat sank with all hands lost.

H.M.S. Glenarm was Renamed HMS Strule on 1 February 1944.

She was Transferred to the F.N.F.L. (Free French) on 25 September 1944 and renamed Croix de Lorraine.

As yet we do not have much information on her time as a French Navy ship, perhaps some of our French readers may be able to help with her history as a French Naval Ship.

 

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.

 
Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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0 #1 sara 2017-02-12 22:37
my grandfather Thomas Moffatt sailed on the Glennarm during the 2nd world war.
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