Allied Warships

HMS Crispin (i)

Ocean boarding vessel

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeOcean boarding vessel
Class[No specific class] 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Dec 1934 
CommissionedNov 1940 
Lost3 Feb 1941 
Loss position56° 52'N, 20° 22'W

Cargo vessel completed in March 1935.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty in August 1940.
Displacement: 5050 GRT.
Dimensions: 125.6 x 17.
Armament: 2 6" guns (2x1), 1 12pdr AA gun
Speed: 13 knots.

At 23.33 hours on 3 Feb 1941, HMS Crispin (A/Cdr Bernard Moloney, DSO, DSC, RNR) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from the German submarine U-107 north-northwest of Rockall in position 56°38'N, 20°05'W. The ship was just detached from the dispersed convoy OB-280 together with HMS Arbutus (Lt.Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, RNVR), the British armed yacht HMS Philante (Capt. (retired) H.S. Bowlby, RN) and the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE) to join the convoy SC-20 on 4 February. HMS Crispin was abandoned and foundered the following day in position 56°52'N, 20°22'W. The Commander, five officers and 14 ratings were lost. Eight survivors were picked up by the rescue ship and the remaining survivors by HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 3 Feb 1941 by U-107 (Hessler).

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Commands listed for HMS Crispin (i)

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1A/Cdr. Bernard Moloney, DSO, DSC, RNR7 Oct 19403 Feb 1941

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