Allied Warships

HMS Spaniard (FY 144)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 144 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched14 Jan 1937 
CommissionedSep 1939 
Lost5 Dec 1942 
History

Completed in February 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 455 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMS Spaniard (T/Lt. Joseph Davidson Love, RNR) was sunk by an accidental fire at Lagos, Nigeria on 5 December 1942.

The cause of the disaster was a spillage from the oil tanker Athelvictor. She had been berthed about 400 yards from the trawlers at the oil storage berth and had been discharging her cargo. However, it was soon realised that something was not ok, as the fuel could be seen to be escaping from the tanker into the sea. It was found that valves used to admit water ballast and to flush pipelines for cleaning, had not been closed after her last discharge. In consequence about sixty tons of benzene had spilled into the harbour. The petrol vapour exploded soon after and caused a huge fire.

 

Commands listed for HMS Spaniard (FY 144)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Francis James Webster, RNR22 Sep 1939mid 1941

2Lt. Harry Riding, RNR25 Feb 1942Apr 1942
3T/Lt. Joseph Davidson Love, RNRApr 19425 Dec 1942

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