Allied Warships

HMS Butser (T 219)

ASW Trawler of the Hill class


Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-21765

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
ClassHill 
PennantT 219 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered20 Nov 1940 
Laid down1 Apr 1941 
Launched29 Jul 1941 
Commissioned16 Jan 1942 
End service 
History

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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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Gordon Leslie Frank Melville, RNR1 Dec 1941ca. mid 42
2T/Lt. Alastair Francis Cameron, RNVRCa. mid 426 Dec 1943
3T/Lt. John Dorman Drummond, RNVR6 Dec 194321 Feb 1944
4T/Lt. Ole Bernard Egjar, RNR21 Feb 1944mid 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)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17231

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


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