Allied Warships

HMS White Bear (4.02)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.02 
Built byRamage & Ferguson Ltd. (Leith, Scotland, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched4 Mar 1908 
Commissioned 
End service 
History

Completed in July 1908 as Iolanda.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty 1939 and renamed White Bear.
Served as tender to submarine flotilla's.

Mercantile in 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS White Bear (4.02)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Roy Gill, RD, RNRDec 19394 Nov 1940
2Cdr. (retired) Charles Cecil Flemming, RN4 Nov 194012 Nov 1942
3T/Lt. Douglas Harold Everett, RNR12 Nov 194212 Dec 1942
4Cdr. James Francis Drake, OBE, RNR12 Dec 1942

5Cdr. (retired) Arthur Louis Sanders, RN31 Aug 194331 Dec 1943
6Cdr. Charles Wheatstone Sabine, OBE, RN31 Dec 194320 Nov 1944
7Capt. Archibald Day, RN20 Nov 194431 May 1945
8Cdr. James Francis Drake, OBE, RNR31 May 194520 Aug 1945
9Capt. Archibald Day, RN20 Aug 19454 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving White Bear include:


3 Jun 1940
The Dutch submarine HrMs O 13 (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Vorster, RNN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). The British submarines HMS H 28 (Lt. E.A Woodward, RN) and HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, RN) were also in company until Blyth. (1)

12 Jun 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. These included a practice attack on HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (2)

10 Jul 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) departed Rosyth for Plymouth. She made the passage around Scotland and through the Irish Sea. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR). (1)

19 Jul 1940
At 2000 hours, HMS Thames (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Dunkerley, RN), cast off from HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) and departed Rothesay for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR). (3)

8 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (4)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Rosyth for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (5)

12 Dec 1940
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 0200/14.

[No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol by HMS Tuna can be displayed.] (6)

20 Dec 1940
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H. Tichelman, RNN) departs Tobermory for Dundee. She is escorted by the British armed yacht HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (7)

12 Jan 1941
HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) and HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) both departed Blyth for the Clyde. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (8)

17 Jan 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (9)

21 Jan 1941
HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and FFS Minerve departed Holy Loch for Dundee. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (8)

11 Mar 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) departed Rothesay for Newcastle. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (10)

22 Mar 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) shifted from Ardrishaig to Rothesay. Later the same day she departed Rothesay for Falmouth together with HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (11)

26 Mar 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) and with HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) both departed Falmouth for Dartmouth. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (12)

14 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Falmouth.

At 0630 hours, the submarines made rendez-vous was with their escort towards Falmouth, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (13)

16 Apr 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) both departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (14)

1 Sep 1941
HMS H 33 (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Sheerness for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Garth (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Dyke, RN) until near Dungeness. Thence unescorted until she made rendez-vous near the Lizard at 1930/5 with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) for onward passage under escort to Rothesay. (15)

4 Nov 1941
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (16)

18 Nov 1941
At 0740 hours HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) made rendez-vous off Trevose Head with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (17)

27 Nov 1941
HMS P 37 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (16)

30 Nov 1941
At 1030 hours, HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (6)

27 Dec 1941
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (18)

29 Dec 1941
At 0915 hours, HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (6)

3 Jan 1942
At 0915 hours, HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). They then proceeded towards Holy Loch. (19)

10 Jan 1942
At 1230, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (20)

14 Jan 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 2120/16.

No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol can be displayed. (6)

21 Jan 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Falmouth. Tuna was escorted in by HMS Scarron (T/Lt. R.A.A. Robertson, RNVR).

Tuna departed Falmouth for Holy Loch later that same day. She made the passage together with the Free French submarine FFS Rubis. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (6)

26 Jan 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. Passage north was made together with ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) and FFS Rubis (Lt. H.L.G. Rousselot) which were en-route to Blyth and Dundee respectively. They were escorted by (until Scapa Flow) by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (21)

27 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Harvester (Cdr. H.P. Henderson, RN) and HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN).

Upon completion of these exercises she set course for Rothesay escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (22)

29 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) which was to proceed to Gibraltar. The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (21)

10 Sep 1942
At 0530 hours, HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN), off Trevose Head. They then proceeded northwards through the Irish Sea. (23)

13 Sep 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed Holy Loch together with her escort, HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). They were to proceed northwards through the Minches. HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) was also in company during the passage north as she was to proceed to Lerwick.

Escort was taken over at 0800/16 by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). During passage south along the Scottish east coast HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) was also in company. (23)

10 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) exercises at / off Scapa Flow. Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 34 set course for Rothesay. During the passage to Rothesay she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) (24)

30 Nov 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 16th war patrol. She is to perform a special operation in the Bay of Biscay. Before she departed from for patrol exercises were carried out in Inchmarnock Water.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (6)

6 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) and HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) departed Falmouth for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (25)

6 Jun 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Holy Loch for Algiers. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) until 1700/8. (26)

2 Dec 1943
HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) A.L. Sanders, RN). (27)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/373
  2. ADM 173/16276
  3. ADM 199/373 + ADM 53/111913
  4. ADM 173/16521
  5. ADM 173/16566
  6. ADM 199/1844
  7. File 2.12.03.6387 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 199/400
  9. ADM 173/16735
  10. ADM 173/16856
  11. ADM 173/16737
  12. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  13. ADM 199/1828
  14. ADM 173/16728
  15. ADM 173/16754
  16. ADM 173/16872
  17. ADM 199/1817
  18. ADM 173/16998
  19. ADM 199/1835
  20. ADM 199/1845
  21. ADM 199/424
  22. ADM 173/17248
  23. ADM 199/1223
  24. ADM 173/17242
  25. ADM 173/17560
  26. ADM 173/18047
  27. ADM 199/1910

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


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