Allied Warships

HMS Vascama (FY 185)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 185 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched7 Mar 1935 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in April 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 447 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Lent to the Portugese Navy in October 1943 being renamed P-3.
Returned in August 1944.
Sold in July 1945.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium in 1963.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vascama (FY 185)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. Edward James Day, RNR20 Oct 193913 Jan 1941
2Lt. Richard Walgate, RNR13 Jan 1941early 1942
3T/Lt. Paul Herman Bech, RNRearly 19429 Nov 1942
4T/Lt. William Watson Telford, RNVR9 Nov 194218 Jan 1943
5T/Lt. Harry Algernon Royce Twomey, RNR18 Jan 1943Oct 1943

6T/Lt. Arthur Marchant Brown, RNVRJul 194428 Nov 1944
7T/Lt. Richard Dirk van der Byl, SANF(V)28 Nov 1944Feb 1945
8T/Lt. Alan Frank Shipman, RNVRFeb 1945

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Notable events involving Vascama include:


25 Aug 1941
German U-boat U-452 was sunk in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 61°30'N, 15°30'W, by depth charges from the British A/S trawler HMS Vascama and from a British Catalina aircraft (209 Sqn RAF/J).

12 Sep 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Vascama (Lt. R. Walgate, RNR) and another vessel. (1)

14 Sep 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Vascama (Lt. R. Walgate, RNR). (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16862

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


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