Allied Warships

HMS Spurs (FY 168)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 168 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched25 Jul 1933 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in August 1933.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 398 tons.

Sold in 1945.
Scrapped at Dunston in 1962.


Commands listed for HMS Spurs (FY 168)

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1Lt. Robert Evan Sherwood, RNR22 Sep 193910 Apr 1940
2T/Lt. Richard Sinclair Connell, RNR10 Apr 194020 Jan 1941
3T/Lt. Frederick John Maclaine, RNVR20 Jan 1941May 1941
4Skr. Charles Lamb Buchan, RNRMay 1941Jan 1944
5Skr. Edward James Day, RNRJan 1944

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Notable events involving Spurs include:

2 Jul 1940
HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) shifted from Harwich to Dover. According to the log of HMS H 49 she was escorted by HMS Skipjack. But HMS Skipjack was lost on 1 June 1940 so this can't be correct.

Also according to the log of HMS H 49, HMS Spurs (T/Lt. R.S. Connell, RNR) took over the escort at 1800 hours. (1)

15 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Valorous (Lt. M.G. Macleod, RN), HMS Preston North End (T/Lt. D.K. Bennett, DSC, RNVR), HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR) and HMS Arab (T/Lt. J.S.H. Lloyd, RNVR). (2)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Castleton (Lt. S.E. Jagger, RN), HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR), HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR), HMS Valse (T/Lt. E.J. Newell, RNVR) and HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/16325
  2. ADM 173/19315

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

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