HMS Avanturine (FY 249)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.)|
|Launched||22 Sep 1934|
Completed in November 1934.
Renamed Sphene in February 1940.
Commands listed for HMS Avanturine (FY 249)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Francis Beversham Hanson, RN||6 Nov 1939||5 Dec 1939|
|2||T/Skr. Edward Gillard, RNR||5 Dec 1939||15 Apr 1940|
|3||Skr. Charles Pennington, RNR||15 Apr 1940||9 Aug 1940|
|4||Ch.Skr. William Jeffery James Tucker, RNR||9 Aug 1940||mid 1941|
|5||Skr. Herbert Holden, DSC, RNR||20 Mar 1942||5 Jul 1942|
|6||Skr. Richard Blundell Rhimes, RNR||5 Jul 1942||22 May 1944|
|7||Lt. Wallace Melville Baird, RNR||22 May 1944|
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Notable events involving Avanturine include:
15 Oct 1940
HMS Sphene (Ch.Skr. W.J.J. Tucker, RNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Bonheur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-138 38 miles northwest of Butt of Lewis in position 57°10'N, 08°36'W.
- ADM 173/16327
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