Allied Warships

HMS Buttermere (FY 205)

ASW Whaler of the Lake class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
PennantFY 205 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down8 Apr 1939 
Launched30 Jun 1939 
Commissioned18 Oct 1939 
End service 

Lent to the Unted States Navy in March 1942.
Returned in October 1942.
Sold in May 1946.

Former nameKos XXV

Commands listed for HMS Buttermere (FY 205)

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1Ch.Skr. George Stewart, RNR12 Oct 193919 Dec 1939
2Lt. Edric Guy Philip Bromfield Knapton, RN19 Dec 193930 May 1940
3S.Lt. George William Farrow, RNR30 May 1940Dec 1942
4Lt. John Dudley Edward Lewis, RNRDec 1942early 1944
5T/S.Lt. John Barnard Butchers, RNZNVRearly 194420 Dec 1944
6T/S.Lt. Josias Toulmin Esterhuizen, SANF(V)20 Dec 19447 Mar 1945
7T/Lt. Colin Gordon McKenzie, SANF(V)7 Mar 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Buttermere include:

12 Mar 1940
HMS Swordfish (Lt. P.J. Cowell, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Burch, RN) that was en-route from Scapa Flow to Rosyth. They were escorted by HMS Buttermere (Lt. E.G.P.B. Knapton, RN). (1)

23 Mar 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She was escorted in by HMS Buttermere (Lt. E.G.P.B. Knapton, RN). (2)

17 Jan 1941
HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Buttermere (Lt. G.W. Farrow, RNR). (3)


  1. ADM 199/2571
  2. ADM 199/2550
  3. ADM 199/2560

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

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