Allied Warships

HMS James Ludford (T 16)

MS Trawler of the Mersey class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 16 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
LaunchedJun 1918 
Commissioned1 May 1919 
Lost14 Dec 1939 
Loss position55° 02'N, 1° 16'W

HMT James Ludford (Lt.Cdr. Harry Richard John Lewis, (retired), RN) was mined in the Tyne area on 14 December 1939, on a field laid on the night of 12-13 December by KzS Bonte's German destoryers: Hermann Künne, Richard Beitzen, Friedrich Ihn and Erich Steinbrinck. Sinking position is recorded as 55º02'30"N, 01º16'15"W in 44 metres of bottom.


Commands listed for HMS James Ludford (T 16)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Harry Richard John Lewis, RN25 Oct 193914 Dec 1939 (+)

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Notable events involving James Ludford include:

14 Dec 1939
The sole survivor of the James Ludford was Senior Able Seaman William Sutherland. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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