Allied Warships

HMS Hazard (J 02)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 02 
ModSecond group 
Built byWilliam Gray & Co. (Hartepool, U.K.) : N.E. Marine 
Ordered13 Mar 1936 
Laid down27 May 1936 
Launched26 Feb 1937 
Commissioned24 Nov 1937 
End service 

Sold 22 April 1949.


Commands listed for HMS Hazard (J 02)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Thomas Warren Curtis, RN28 Jan 193914 Sep 1940
2Lt.Cdr. John Richard Arthur Seymour, RN14 Sep 19408 Aug 1942
3Lt. (retired) George Collas Hocart, RNR8 Aug 19425 Jan 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Louis Conran Smith, RN5 Jan 1943mid 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Crawford, RNVRmid 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Hazard include:

During warship week HMS Hazard was adopted by Helston Town, Cornwall. (1)

31 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hazard (Lt.Cdr. J.R.A. Seymour, RN) and HMS Harrier (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, MVO, DSO, RN).

[No log is available for HMS H 32 for the month of August 1941. During the whole month she was at Londonderry for A/S exercises.] (2)

26 May 1942
HMS Hazard (Lt.Cdr. J.R.A. Seymour, RN) picks up 28 survivors from the American merchant Syros that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-703 about 200 nautical miles south-west of Bear Island in position 72°35'N, 05°30'E.

5 Feb 1945
HMS Hazard and HMS Sir Lancelot both pick up survivors from the American merchant Henry B. Plant that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-245 about 17 nautical miles east of Ramsgate in position 51°19'N, 01°42'E.


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/16741

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

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