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HMS Palomares

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HMS Palomares in August 1941
RN EnsignUnited Kingdom
NameMV Palomares
OperatorMacAndrews Line
BuilderWilliam Doxford & Sons, Sunderland
Launched20 October 1937
Out of service1940
RN EnsignUnited Kingdom
NameHMS Palomares
OwnerRoyal Navy
IdentificationPennant number: F98
RN EnsignUnited Kingdom
NameMV Palomares
OperatorMacAndrews Line
FateSold 1959, wrecked 1961
General characteristics as HMS Palomares
Tonnage1,896 GRT
Armament4x2 4-inch guns, 2x4 2-pdr guns

HMS Palomares was a British anti-aircraft ship of the Second World War.

Originally MV Palomares, built by William Doxford & Sons, Sunderland yard in 1937, it operated as a merchant fruit carrier ship (a 13.5 knot banana boat) for service on the MacAndrews Line in January 1938 with their Spanish service.



She was purchased by the British Admiralty in 1940, as these fruit ships were considered to be fast and manoeuvrable. In 1941 the Admiralty converted her to an anti-aircraft artillery ship and subsequently to a fighter direction ship ("seagoing anti-aircraft auxiliaries"). Most likely the conversion took place at Fairfields yard in Govan on the River Clyde with her sister ship HMS Pozarica.

In March 1942, she sailed with Pozarica, and the corvettes Poppy, Lotus, La Malouine and Dianella for the port of Seyðisfjörður in Iceland

In June 1942, she sailed as an escort in Convoy PQ 17, where 25 out 36 ships were lost to the enemy, while working around Murmansk and Archangel.[1]

In November 1942, HMS Palomares took part in the Operation Torch landings in Algiers as an anti-aircraft ship. The ship left Gibraltar on the 3rd and arrived on the 8th. However the next day Palomares was hit by a bomb suffering a large number of casualties, engulfed in flames her steering gear was put out of action. Deceased seamen were transferred to the corvette Samphire for burial at sea and her steering gear was repaired by the 10th.[1]

In September 1943, during the Salerno landings of Italy on the 9th, Palomares was a fighter direction ship, directing fighter planes with her radar system.

In January 1944, Palomares again served as a fighter direction ship during the Anzio landings. Arriving at the beachhead on the 22nd, she struck a mine and was towed back to Naples by the tugs Edenshaw and Evea.

In September 1945, Palomares was to have participated in the Malaya landings but could not, as a fire had damaged her engine room.

Armaments and displacement


Upon conversion to an anti-aircraft ship, HMS Palomares was equipped with eight 4-inch AA guns in four turrets and eight 2-pounder (40mm) AA guns in two quadruple mounts. In December 1942, to take the role of a fighter-direction ship, Palomares was fitted with radar for directing fighter aircraft.[2]

HMS Palomares had a weight of 1,896 tons and could move at 13.5 knots.



Surviving the war, HMS Palomares was returned to the MacAndrews Line in 1946, where she continued service with the company until 1959. She was then sold, being renamed Mary Sven and in 1961 sold again becoming Sarabande. On 5 October 1961 following a fire she drifted aground and was wrecked.[3]


  1. ^ a b "157484 Assistant Steward Norman Dennis Rigley". www.cookstownwardead.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. ^ "HMS Palomares (F 98)". uboat.net. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Palomares (1166358)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 9 June 2022.