Allied Warships

HMS Fandango (T 107)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
PennantT 107 
Built byCochrane & Sons shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down24 Oct 1939 
Launched26 Mar 1940 
Commissioned11 Jul 1940 
End service 
HistorySold in 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Fandango (T 107)

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1T/Lt. Frank Clifford Hopkins, RNR3 Jul 19404 Nov 1940
2T/Lt. George Edwin Mabbott, RNVR4 Nov 194020 Jun 1941
3Lt. John Anthony Thornton Maishman, RNR20 Jun 1941Jan 1942
4T/Lt. Alfred Leslie Jasper, RNVRJan 19421 Oct 1942
5T/Lt. Arthur Graham Fisher, RNR1 Oct 19423 Apr 1944
6T/Lt. Bernard Hugh Firman, RNVR3 Apr 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Fandango include:

27 Jul 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) and HMS Fandango (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNR). (1)

21 Sep 1940
The British tanker Invershannon is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 480 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 22°04'W. 17 survivors were later picked up by the British sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) and 15 survivors were picked up by the British ASW trawler HMS Fandango (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNVR).

27 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for a few days of exercises together with the destroyer HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN), the corvettes HMS Armeria (T/Lt. H.N. Russell, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (Lt. H.N. Lawson, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), the A/S trawlers HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR), HMS Morris Dance (Lt. A. Bruce, RCNVR) and several ML's. (2)

24 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Surprise (Cdr.(Retd.) L.C. Ansdell, RN) and HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR). (3)

30 May 1943
HMS Fandango (T/Lt. A.G. Fisher, RNR) picks up 63 survivors from the American merchant Flora MacDonald that was torpedoed and heavily damaged by German U-boat U-126 south of Freetown in position 07°15'N, 13°20'W.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16987
  3. ADM 173/16988

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

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