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HMS Nemesis - WWII - Campbeltown - Anti-Submarine Training Ship

HMS Nemesis - WWII - Campbeltown - Anti-Submarine Training Ship

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With the beginning of World War II, the "Princesse Marie-José" took fleeing refugees to Folkestone and, on September 17, was loaned to The Royal Navy for conversion into an Asdic Training ship, the ship initially renamed HMS "Southern Isles" and, the work completed on March 3, 1941, the ship renamed HMS "Nemesis" and ordered to Campbeltown, she remaining there till the autumn of 1942.

Second-in-command of HMS "Nemesis" was Lieutenant-Commander Robert W. Mayo - He married Sheila Colvill, a daughter of Campbeltown distiller and former provost of the town, she working with Campbeltown's service canteens and then The Royal Observer Corps at Machrihanish during the war years, Sheila's first husband, Herbert Reeder, served on board HMS "Kelly" as secretary to Earl Mountbatten and he lost when HMS "Kelly" was sunk off Crete on May 23, 1941.
With the beginning of World War II, the "Princesse Marie-José" took fleeing refugees to Folkestone and, on September 17, was loaned to The Royal Navy for conversion into an Asdic Training ship, the ship initially renamed HMS "Southern Isles" and, the work completed on March 3, 1941, the ship renamed HMS "Nemesis" and ordered to Campbeltown, she remaining there till the autumn of 1942.

Second-in-command of HMS "Nemesis" was Lieutenant-Commander Robert W. Mayo - He married Sheila Colvill, a daughter of Campbeltown distiller and former provost of the town, she working with Campbeltown's service canteens and then The Royal Observer Corps at Machrihanish during the war years, Sheila's first husband, Herbert Reeder, served on board HMS "Kelly" as secretary to Earl Mountbatten and he lost when HMS "Kelly" was sunk off Crete on May 23, 1941.

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HMS "Nemesis"WWII Campbeltown Anti-Submarine TrainingShip
Built by Cockerill's Hoboken shipyard in Belgium in 1923 for the Belgian State's Ostend toDover and Folkstone cross-channel ferry service as the 1,821 gross registered ton "
PrincesseMarie-José
", the new 110.61 metre long, 12.95 metre beam ship, with a draft of 3.02metres, made her maiden voyage on June 16, 1923, from Ostend to Dover. The first of thecompany's ships to be so fitted, she was given 14,000 hp Parsons geared turbines driving twinscrews and, with a trial speed of 24.21 knots, was able to carry 1,400 passengers.
A note on spelling
- Belgium has three different national languages, 60% speakingFlemish/Dutch; 30% Walloon (French) and and 10% Eupisch (German) - Since theindependence of Belgium in 1830, there has been a row between the North (Flemish) and theSouth (Walloon) and every new ferry had to have a French or Flemish (Dutch) name. Thus thefollowing examples of spellings in
English
, Dutch and French -
King
- Koningen - Roi;
Queen
- Koningin - Reine;
Prince
- Prins - Pince and
Princess
- Prinses - Princess.In August 1926, the "
Princesse Marie-José
" was chosen to take the Belgian royal family toStockholm for the wedding of Prince Leopold and Astrid and then, too in 1926, from October30 to November 17, took the family to Gothenberg.On August 7, 1937, the ship collided with the 6,111 gross ton, 410-foot long "
Clan MacNeil
"off Dunkirk, she launched from Ardrossan Dockyard on Thursday, December 1, 1921 andscrapped at Port Glasgow in May 1952.With the beginning of World War II, the "
Princesse Marie-José
" took fleeing refugees toFolkestone and, on September 17, was loaned to The Royal Navy for conversion into an Asdic Training ship, the ship initially renamed
HMS
"
Southern Isles
" and, the work completed on1
 
March 3, 1941, the ship renamed
HMS
"
Nemesis
" and ordered to Campbeltown, sheremaining there till the autumn of 1942.On October 6, 1942, as
HMS
"
Baldur
", sent to Iceland, to replace The North of ScotlandShipping Company's "
St Clair
" as an accommodation ship.On June 4, 1945, she reverted names to again become
HMS
"
Nemesis
" and on June 15 thatyear was returned to theBelgian government and, returning to Belgium on July 12, took up her original name,"
Princesse Marie-José
", she continuing in use as a training ship for the Belgian navy and,after a further short spell as an accommodation ship, sold to be broken up at the VanHeyghem Frères yard in 1947.Second-in-command of 
HMS
"
Nemesis
" was Lieutenant-Commander Robert W. Mayo, hefourth from left in the photograph taken on board the ship in Campbeltown Loch - He marriedSheila Colvill, a daughter of Campbeltown distiller and former provost of the town, sheworking with Campbeltown's service canteens and then The Royal Observer Corps atMachrihanish during the war years, Sheila's first husband, Herbert Reeder, served on board
HMS
"
Kelly
" as secretary to Earl Mountbatten and he lost when
HMS
"
Kelly
" was sunk off Crete on May 23, 1941.2

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My father, a USNavy Captain, brought home from World War II a shell casing that he had received as a souvenir, probably in Egypt. It is inscribed "HMS Southern Isles, August 1943". Seems odd in that, according to this article, the ship did not bear that name after 1942. Any ideas to explain this?
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