Allied Warships

HMS Polruan (J 97)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 97 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Jul 1939 
Laid down6 Nov 1939 
Launched18 Jul 1940 
Commissioned9 May 1941 
End service 1950 

HMS Polruan was named after and adopted by the village of Polruan on the other side of the Harbour to Fowey in South East Cornwall. The Parish Council at the time were given a picture of the ship, a picture of her launch and a ships plaque which are currently still exhibited in the Reading Room in West Street, Polruan. The ships plaque is a parrot holding a trident.

HMS Polruan is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List

Decommissioned in early 1950.
Scrapped at Sunderland in June 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Polruan (J 97)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Spencer Landers, RNRApr 1941Feb 1943
2Lt. Charles David Sampson, RNVRFeb 1943early 1945

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Notable events involving Polruan include:

20 Jan 1943
HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for her 8th war patrol (also 8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Naples, Italy.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with the British M/S trawlers HMS Juliet (Lt. L.B. Moffatt, RNR) and HMS Cava (T/Lt. R.L. Petty-Major, RNVR) and later with HMS Polruan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.S. Landers, RNR) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, DSC, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 199/1839

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

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