Allied Warships

HMS Avanturine (FY 249)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 249 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched22 Sep 1934 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 

Completed in November 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 412 tons.

Renamed Sphene in February 1940.
Returned to her owner in April 1945.
Renamed Stella Dorado in 1946.
Renamed Hackness in 1948.
Scrapped at Zelzate, Belgium in August 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Avanturine (FY 249)

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1Cdr. (retired) Francis Beversham Hanson, RN6 Nov 19395 Dec 1939
2T/Skr. Edward Gillard, RNR5 Dec 193915 Apr 1940
3Skr. Charles Pennington, RNR15 Apr 19409 Aug 1940
4Ch.Skr. William Jeffery James Tucker, RNR9 Aug 1940mid 1941

5Skr. Herbert Holden, DSC, RNR20 Mar 19425 Jul 1942
6Skr. Richard Blundell Rhimes, RNR5 Jul 194222 May 1944
7Lt. Wallace Melville Baird, RNR22 May 1944

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Notable events involving Avanturine include:

6 Jan 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) V. Searles-Wood, RN) and HMS Avanturine (T/Skr. E. Gillard, RNR). (1)

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.


  1. ADM 173/16327

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

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