Allied Warships

HMS Sapphire (T 27)

ASW Trawler

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-17470

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 27 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched20 Dec 1934 
Commissioned 1935 
End service 

Completed in January 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in 1935.
Displacement: 608 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold on 9 April 1946.
Renamed Dunsby in 1947.
Renamed Findus I in 1953.
Renamed Skandi in 1954.
Scrapped at Stavanger, Norway in June 1970.


Commands listed for HMS Sapphire (T 27)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward Campbell Hulton, RN14 Jun 193919 Jun 1940
2T/Lt. Frederick Ralph Holland Swann, RNVR19 Jun 194026 Oct 1941
3T/Lt. William Hammond Forster, RNR26 Oct 1941mid 1942
4T/Lt. Edward George le Gassick Berry, RNVRmid 19429 Nov 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alan Edward Burrell, RNVR9 Nov 1944

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Notable events involving Sapphire include:

6 Oct 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Virginia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Dobson, RNR), HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSO, DSC, RNR), HMS Duncton (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR), HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RD, RNR), HMS Sapphire (T/Lt. E.G.le G. Berry, RNVR), HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR) and HMS Convolvulus (A/Lt.Cdr. R.F.R. Yarde-Buller, RNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/17254

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

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