Allied Warships

HMS Seagull (J 85)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 85 
ModSecond group 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Richardson Westgarth 
Ordered1 Jul 1936 
Laid down15 Feb 1937 
Launched28 Oct 1937 
Commissioned30 May 1938 
End service 

Scrapped in May 1965.


Commands listed for HMS Seagull (J 85)

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1Cdr. David Hugh Harries, RAN3 Jul 193923 Sep 1940
2Lt. (retired) Leonard Seymour Shaw, RNR23 Sep 194027 Sep 1940
3Cdr. (retired) Robert Henry Vivian Sivewright, RN27 Sep 194030 Jun 1941
4Cdr. (retired) Frederick Richard Guy Maunsell, RN30 Jun 194119 Aug 1941
5Lt.Cdr. Charles Harington Pollock, RN19 Aug 194116 Aug 1943
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Wilson Ellis, DSC, RNR16 Aug 194313 Feb 1945
7A/Lt.Cdr. John Andrew Pearson, DSC, RNR13 Feb 1945mid 1945

8Lt.Cdr. Colin Courtenay Lowry, RN26 Sep 194520 May 1946

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Notable events involving Seagull include:

8 Feb 1940
HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Rosyth. She is escorted by HMS Sharpshooter (Cdr. J. Peterson, RN) and HMS Seagull (Cdr. D.H. Harries, RAN). (1)

22 Sep 1942
HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN) picks up 89 survivors from the British merchant Ocean Voice that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-435 west of Jan Mayen Island in position 71°23'N, 11°03'W.

30 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Arrow (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Lewes (Lt.Cdr. M.V. Thorburn, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN). (2)


  1. ADM 173/16643
  2. ADM 173/18389

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

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