HMS Butser (T 219)
ASW Trawler of the Hill class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes|
|Ordered||20 Nov 1940|
|Laid down||1 Apr 1941|
|Launched||29 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||16 Jan 1942|
Based at Freetown, West Africa, for convoy duties during the war. On 10 April 1946 sold to Devon Fishing Co. Ltd., Hull being renamed Balthazar, H359. Official number 181282. In November 1946 fitted for fuel-oil. On 11 January 1952 sold to Loyal Steam fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby being renamed Royal Marine, GY213. 11 April 1960 sold to Wyre Trawlers Ltd., Fleetwood being renamed Royal Marine, FD63. On 25 July 1963 the vessel was abandoned south of the Mull of Galloway after a fire in the stoke hold. On being towed back to Fleetwood the Royal Marine was found to be damaged beyond repair and laid up. Sold for scrap to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co. Ltd. 22 October 1963 left Fleetwood for Troon for breaking up.
Commands listed for HMS Butser (T 219)
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|1||Lt. Gordon Leslie Frank Melville, RNR||1 Dec 1941||ca. mid 42|
|2||T/Lt. Alastair Francis Cameron, RNVR||Ca. mid 42||6 Dec 1943|
|3||T/Lt. John Dorman Drummond, RNVR||6 Dec 1943||21 Feb 1944|
|4||T/Lt. Ole Bernard Egjar, RNR||21 Feb 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Butser include:
13 Nov 1942
HMS H 33 (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Birdlip (Lt. E.N. Groom, RNR), HMS Butser (T/Lt. A.F. Cameron, RNVR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR) and HMS Helier 2 (A/Skr.Lt. G.L. Oleson, RNR). (1)
- ADM 173/17231
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