Allied Warships

HMS Davy (FY 147)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 147 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Jul 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 

Completed on 20 August 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 450 tons.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Cap Barfleur in 1951.
Renamed Red Falcon in 1954.
Went missing at sea in mid-December 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Davy (FY 147)

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1Ch.Skr. Isaac Mackintosh, RNR20 Nov 19394 Nov 1940
2Skr. Charles Alfred Grimmer, RNR4 Nov 1940Jan 1942
3Skr. William John Salisbury, RNRJan 19425 May 1944
4A/Ch.Skr. Alexander Flett, RNR5 May 1944

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Notable events involving Davy include:

23 Jul 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN), ORP Kujawiak (Lt.Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski, ORP), HMS Davyk (Skr. C.A. Grimmer, RNR) and (the drifter) HMS Craigroy. (1)

12 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) and HMS Davy (Skr. W.J. Salisbury, RNR). (2)

10 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Coll (T/Lt. E.V. Nash, RNR) and HMS Davy (Skr. W.J. Salisbury, RD, RNR). (3)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17407
  3. ADM 173/18389

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

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