Allied Warships

HMS Southern Wave (FY 325)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 325 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched5 Jun 1925 
CommissionedAug 1940 
End service 

Completed in July 1925.
Whaler of Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. Ltd., Stanley, Falkland Islands, requisitioned by the Admiralty in March 1940.
Displacement: 319 tons.

Returned to owner in December 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Southern Wave (FY 325)

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1Skr. Wilfred Sidney Flowers, RNR12 Aug 194025 Jul 1941
2Skr. Joseph Trone Hindmarsh Fairbairn, RNR25 Jul 1941Nov 1941
3Skr. John May, RNRNov 1941Feb 1942
4A/Skr.Lt. Joseph Trone Hindmarsh Fairbairn, RNRFeb 194230 Aug 1943
5Skr. Jack Tinkler Brocksom, RNR30 Aug 1943late 1945

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Notable events involving Southern Wave include:

27 Sep 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Wave (Skr. W.S. Flowers, RNR) and HMS Southern Spray (Skr. H.E. Moran, RNR). (1)

10 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Cape Mariato (T/Lt. H.T.S. Clouston, RNVR), HMS Rye (Lt. J.A. Pearson, DSC, RNR), HMS Tynwald (A/Capt. (retired) F.T. Peters, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Southern Wave (Skr. J. May, RNR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/16332
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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