A History of HMS TRUMPETER
down 25 August 1942, at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma,
Washington, a C3-S-A1 type freighter, Maritime Commission hull
number 248; Seattle-Tacoma hull number 32. The contract was
purchased by the US navy 30 April 1942 and was intended to be
completed as the USS BASTIAN AVG-37 (AVG changed to ACV on August
20th, only five days before her keel was laid). She was launched on
December 15th 1942; her hull was towed to the Commercial Iron Works
yard, Portland, Oregon, for completion and fitting out as an
still under construction it had been decided that ACV-47 was to be
transferred to the Admiralty on loan on her completion being
assigned to the United Kingdom under lend lease. Her US navy
designation was further changed to CVE-47 on July 15th 1943. She was
transferred to the Royal Navy on 4 August 1943 and commissioned in
RN service, at Portland, as HMS TRUMPETER (D09), Captain K.S.
Colquhoun RN in command. (She was initially earmarked to become HMS
LUCIFER but this was changed before she was completed)
HMS TRUMPETER broadside on c.1945
an Anti Submarine Warfare carrier, Trumpeter's first operations, in late
1943 and early 1944, were ferrying aircraft and escorting North Atlantic
convoys from New York to the Clyde. In the summer of 1944 she was
allocated to the Home Fleet and assigned 846 naval air squadron,
equipped with Avenger and Wildcat aircraft for offensive operations.
August and December 1944 she took part in a series of offensive
operations against enemy shipping in the North Sea and against enemy
occupied Norway including Operation' Goodwood', the naval sir attacks on
the German battleship Tirpitz.
1945 she undertook escort duties with Russian convoys before being
returned to anti-shipping operations in the North Sea. Trumpeter was to
take part in the last air strike of the European War on May 4th; her
aircraft shared the sinking of the German Submarine U711 with aircraft
from HMS Queen. Trumpeter was next tasked with providing air cover for
the Allied liberation of Denmark.
Corsairs flying over the flight deck of HMS TRUMPETER
which several Grumman Wildcats of 846 Squadron parked on
deck. Ã‚Â© IWM (A 25384)
short refit on the Clyde, she was reassigned to the Eastern Fleet,
arriving in Colombo, Ceylon in July 1945. In September 1945 Trumpeter
was part of a large RN force participating in Operation Zipper, the
recapture of Malaya.
Trumpeter was returned to the US Navy on April 6th 1946, reverting to
her original name of USS Bastian but was to see no active service with
the USN, being marked for disposal on 19 June 1946. She was sold to the
Holland America Line and saw merchant service as the 'Alblasserdijk'
from i19 May 1948, being renamed'Alblasserdyk' in 1953. She was sold to
Panama and further renamed 30 April 1966, becoming the' Irene Valmas'.
The ship was eventually scrapped at Castellon, Spain in May 1971.
Ships bearing the name 'Trumpeter'
D09 was second of four ships to bear the name 'Trumpeter' - the first
HMS Trumpeter was a 192 ton trawler requisitioned by the Royal
Navy for war service between 1914 and 1919. The third HMS
Trumpeter was a Landing Ship (Tank), launched as LST 3524. She became
HMS Trumpeter in 1947, before being transferred to the Ministry of
Transport in 1956,as Empire Fulmar. She was sold at Singapore in 1968.
The fourth HMS Trumpeter is an 'Archer' class coastal training craft in
service with the Royal Naval Reserve. Commissioned on 5 November 1988
she was initially used by the Southampton Division of the Royal Naval
Reserve as a junior officer seamanship training ship. From February 1991
she was used by the RN's Gibraltar Squadron as a Gibraltar Guard Ship.
She returned to the UK In April 2003 to became Bristol University
Royal Naval Unit's tender.
fuller account of this ships history will be added at some time in
11 June 2020
Sources used in compiling this account:
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Fold3.com various documents including;
Admiralty War Diaries
US Naval Station, Seattle, Washington
US Naval Station, Manchester, Washington
Puget Sound Navy Yard War Diaries
US Thirteenth Naval District War Diaries
Norfolk Navy Yard War Diaries
Mew York Navy Yard War Diaries
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