HMS Buttermere (FY 205)
ASW Whaler of the Lake class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Laid down||8 Apr 1939|
|Launched||30 Jun 1939|
|Commissioned||18 Oct 1939|
Lent to the Unted States Navy in March 1942.
|Former name||Kos XXV|
Commands listed for HMS Buttermere (FY 205)
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|1||Ch.Skr. George Stewart, RNR||12 Oct 1939||19 Dec 1939|
|2||Lt. Edric Guy Philip Bromfield Knapton, RN||19 Dec 1939||30 May 1940|
|3||S.Lt. George William Farrow, RNR||30 May 1940||Dec 1942|
|4||Lt. John Dudley Edward Lewis, RNR||Dec 1942||early 1944|
|5||T/S.Lt. John Barnard Butchers, RNZNVR||early 1944||20 Dec 1944|
|6||T/S.Lt. Josias Toulmin Esterhuizen, SANF(V)||20 Dec 1944||7 Mar 1945|
|7||T/Lt. Colin Gordon McKenzie, SANF(V)||7 Mar 1945||late 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)
- ADM 199/2571
- ADM 199/2550
- ADM 199/2560
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.