Allied Warships

HMS Southern Gem (K 247)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantK 247 
Built byBremer Vulkan (Vegesack, Germany) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched 
CommissionedJul 1940 
End service 
History

Completed in October 1937.
Whaler of Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. Ltd., London, U.K., requisitioned by the Admiralty in March 1940.
Displacement: 593 tons.

Returned to owner in April 1945 (???).

 

Commands listed for HMS Southern Gem (K 247)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Charles Edward Denne, RNVR17 Jul 1940mid 1941
2T/Lt. John David Walter Lewis, RNVRmid 194110 Jun 1941
3T/Lt. Dennis Charles Hayes, RNVR10 Jun 194117 Feb 1943
4T/Lt. Philip Henry Riseley, RNVR17 Feb 1943Aug 1944
5T/Lt. William Arthur Andrew Sternslow, SANF(V)Aug 1944Dec 1944
6T/Lt. Keith Robinson Blenkharn, RNVRDec 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Southern Gem include:


11 Aug 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Gem (T/Lt. C.E. Denne, RNVR) and HMS Helier 2 (Skr. J. Mawer, RNR). (1)

16 Aug 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Gem (T/Lt. C.E. Denne, RNVR). (1)

19 Aug 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Gem (T/Lt. C.E. Denne, RNVR) and HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr(Retd.) M.B. Sherwood, RN). (1)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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