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HMS HICKORY - Yard No 300 - Tree Class Armed Trawler - Royal Navy - Built 1939

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 HMS HICKORY a "Tree Class" Armed Trawler.  
Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Armed Trawler/Minesweeper Launched    24/02/1940
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    150' 0" Weather    
Beam    27' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     14' 6"      
Draught    11' 1"      
G.R.T.    463 tons      
Complement     35      
Engines    One triple expansion reciprocating engine producing 850 ihp      
Props    1      
Speed    12 knots      
Armament     1 x 12 pdr Gun and assorted anti-aircraft machine guns, 30 depth charges      
Other known names        
Current Status   HMS HICKORY was sunk by a mine.     
Content on will be added as and when available. 
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 HICKORY was the second of the armed trawlers ordered from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, she had a short service time with the Royal Navy as she hit a mine in the English Channel and sank.

Based on the original "Dog Class" design, the trawlers of this class that survived the war were all sold on to other navies as surplus stock. 

  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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