Allied Warships

HMS Lord Austin (FY 220)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 220 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Sep 1937 
CommissionedDec 1939 
Lost24 Jun 1944 

Completed in Novenber 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 473 tons.

HMS Lord Austin (T/Lt. Edward Stirling Terence Robinson, RNVR) was mined off Normandy on 24 June 1944.


Commands listed for HMS Lord Austin (FY 220)

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1T/Lt. Graham Butcher, RNVR18 Dec 1939

2Lt. Norman Peter McLeod, RNR31 Jan 194111 Feb 1942
3T/Lt. Ole Bernard Egjar, RNR11 Feb 1942mid/late42
4T/Lt. Ewart Leslie Wathen, RNRmid/late42early 1944
5T/Lt. Edward Stirling Terence Robinson, RNVRearly 194424 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Lord Austin include:

6 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Pladda (T/Lt. P.T. Lovelock, DSC, RNVR), HMS Shapinsay (A/Skr.Lt. W.S. Flowers, RNR), HMS Thyme (T/Lt. A.R. Mackay, RNZNVR) and HMS Lord Austin (Lt. N.P. McLeod, RNR). (1)

7 Sep 1942
HMS Lord Austin picks up 67 men from the Panamanian merchant El Capitan that was heavily damaged by German about 65 miles northeast of Iokanka, Russia by bombs German Ju88 aircraft. The wreck of the El Capitan is sunk early the next day in position 69°23'N, 40°50'E by German U-boat U-255.

21 Dec 1942
The British submarines HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN), HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN), HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) and the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. They were escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Lord Austin (T/Lt. E.L. Wathen, RNR). (2)

24 Jun 1944
Mined 0550 Seine Bay. 9 Crew Lost. Stern blown off. Mine thought to be newer acoustic mine as steaming at full speed. Went down in under ten minutes. Engaged in duties regarding PLUTO at this time. From survivor account. (3)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17196
  3. Personal communication

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

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