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 WALLASEA was one of the "Isle Class" armed trawlers built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, a total of 145 of the class were built from 1939 to 1945 in British and Canadian shipyards.
Commissioned in the July of 1943 HMS WALLASEA was to have a short war as not 6 months after being commissioned she was to play her role in her last action.
They were mainly used on minesweeping and harbour defence duties, and coastal escort work, it was while on escort duty with convoy WP457 she was called into action against a flotilla of E-boats that had managed to get to the inshore side of the convoy. Attacking from the dark cover of the land mass she was hit by torpedoes and sunk by a German motor torpedo boat off Mounts Bay, Cornwall on the night of 5th/6th January 1944
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.