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HMS SKYE - Yard No 323 - Isle Class Armed Trawler - Royal Navy - Built 1942


 HMS SKYE (T-163) "Isle Class" Armed Trawler.  
Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid    23/07/1941
Type of Ship    Isle Class Armed Trawler Launched    17/03/1942
      Commissioned    22/07/1942
Ship Details          
Length Overall    164' 0" 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     40 Officers and Men      
Engines    1 triple expansion reciprocating engine, producing 850 ihp      
Props    1      
Speed    12 knots      
Armament     1 x 12 pdr Gun, 3 to 4 20 mm Orlikon AA Guns, 30 depth charges      
Other known names        
Current Status   Broken up May 1958    
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 SKYE was an order for an armed trawler of the Isle Class, another of the little unsung ships of the Royal Navy that were to carry out sterling work with little recognition for this dangerous work.

She was primarily used in the mine sweeping and close escort work and she survived the war. 168 of these little fighting ships were built from 1940 to 1945 and they served with the Royal Navy and also with the Canadian Navy, with some serving with the Royal new Zealand Navy as well, after the war most of the surving Isle Class ships were sold on to other navies of the world to continue working on in some capacity or other. HMS SKYE was a sister ship to HMS STAFFA also launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

Indeed she was working up until being scrapped in 1958.


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 #3 APRIL DRAKE 2015-09-11 13:41
My father Charles William Tyler served on HMS SKYE he was a gunner, and he was on the Artic and Norway runs mine sweeping the seas
0 #2 Alan Anderton 2014-07-29 10:20
Is this the "Trawler Sky" that is listed as being part of Operation Governor listed on this page...
...under July 25th? I can't find any other match.


-1 #1 P Clark 2011-11-25 21:56
According to my Great Uncles Obituary he served aboard this ship in WW2.
Did this ship play any part in the surrender of Guernsey.

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