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Tynwald IV

Postby shipstamps » Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:47 pm

This 20p stamp shows the Isle of Man steamer Tynwald leaving Dunkirk for Dover. She is passing the sunken wreck of the Company's King Orry, which had been lost during the operation.
The Tynwald (2,376 gross tons) was built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow and joined the Steam Packet fleet in June 1937. With her sister ship Fenella she was intended for the winter service on the Liverpool-Douglas route. Requisitioned as a personnel carrier in September 1939 she served on English Channel routes with her peace-time crew.
Her first trip to Dunkirk was on May 28, 1940, and her last on June 4. She was the last ship to leave Dunkirk and had a total of 8,953 troops during the operation.
Taken over by the Royal Navy at the end of 1940, the Tynwald became an auxiliary anti-aircraft ship, being commissioned as H.M.S. Tynwald on October 1, 1941. A year on convoy escort followed, then in November 1942 she formed part of the naval force supporting Operation Torch, the North Africa landings. After the attack on Algiers the Tynwald was sent to Bougie on November 11. She sank after being torpedoed the next day with the loss of 24 members of her crew.SG208
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Re: Tynwald IV

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue May 25, 2010 9:25 pm

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Built as a ferry under yard No 718 by Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
16 December 1936 launched as the TYNWALD (IV).
Tonnage 2,736 gross 932 net, dim. 95.9 (bpp.) x 14.1m.
Powered by 4 steam turbines geared to two shafts, 1879 nhp., twin shafts, speed 21 knots.
Accommodation for 1968 passengers and 68 crew.
June 1937 completed. Building cost £203,550.

She was built for the service between Douglas and Liverpool.
During the 1940 was she taken up by the British Government for the transport of troops from the U.K. to France and the evacuation later of this troops
11 September 1939 sailed from Avonmouth to St Nazaire, France and she made her last sailing between these two ports on 28 September.
14 January 1940 sailed between Southampton and le Havre with troops, then she took part in Operation Dynamo (Dunkirk) transported in five voyages 6,880 troops, Cycle (Le Havre) transported 970 troops in one voyage and Aerial (Cherbourg) the last ships which took part in the evacuations.

April 1940 sold to the Royal Navy and refitted on an Anti Aircraft ship. Armament 6 – 4 inch AA and 4 – 20mm AA guns.
01 October 1941 commissioned and renamed in HMS TYNWALD.
November 1941 refit completed.
Used as a convoy escort.
05 November 1942 she sailed from Gibraltar under command of Philip George Wodehouse where after she joined the assault convoy on 06 November.
08 November she arrived off Algiers C beachhead where she provided anti- aircraft support and she acted also as radar guard ship in which she directed aircraft from the carrier HMS AVENGER.
10 November sailed from Algiers arrived Bougie 11 November to provide anti-aircraft support and direct aircraft from the carrier HMS ARGUS.
12 November while standing by the monitor HMS ROBERTS the TYNWALD was torpedoed on the starboard side by the Italian submarine ARGO, she settled by the bow on the seabed, survivors being rescued by the ROBERTS and the corvette SAMPHIRE. 10 men on board the TYNWALD were killed.

Isle of Man 1982 20p sg208, scott? and 2010 £1.50 sg?, scott? ( On the stamp she is seen leaving Dunkirk for Dover and passing the sunken Isle of Man ship KING ORRY, look for her details on the index.)

Source: Island Lifeline by Connery Chappell. Lloyds Register 1940. BEF Ships before, at and after Dunkirk by John de S. Winser. British Invasion Fleets, The Mediterranean and beyond 1942-1945 by John de S. Winser. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Ships of the Royal Navy Vol. 2 J.J.Colledge.
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