Allied Warships

HMS Windermere (FY 207)

ASW Whaler of the Lake class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
PennantFY 207 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down20 May 1939 
Launched21 Jul 1939 
Commissioned8 Nov 1939 
End service 
HistorySold 1947.

Former nameSuderoy VII

Commands listed for HMS Windermere (FY 207)

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1Lt.Cdr. George Witheridge Couch, RD, RNR12 Oct 19394 Jun 1940
2Skr. Case James Albert Silom, RNR4 Jun 194014 Mar 1941
3Skr. Joseph Trone Hindmarsh Fairbairn, RNR14 Mar 19414 Jul 1941
4Skr. Jack Mawer, RNR4 Jul 1941late 1943

5Skr. Thomas Williamson, RNR9 Dec 1943May 1944
6A/Skr.Lt. John May, RNRMay 194416 May 1945
7A/Skr.Lt. John Windram, RNR16 May 19452 Sep 1945
8A/Ch.Skr. (A/Skr.Lt.) Henry Rich, RNR2 Sep 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Windermere include:

17 Nov 1939
HMS L 27 (Lt. P.J. Cowell, RN) is undocked at Portsmouth. She then departed for Portland escorted by HMS Windermere (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Couch, RD, RNR). She arrived at Portland later the same day. (1)

3 Nov 1941

Convoy QP 2.

This convoy departed Archangelsk on 3 November 1941 for Kirkwall where it arrived on 17 November 1941.

On departure from Archangelsk the convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Atlantic (British, 5414 GRT, built 1939), Blairnevis (British, 4155 GRT, built 1930), Cepira (Panamanian, 5625 GRT, built 1920), Chernyshevski (Russian, 3588 GRT, built 1919), Gemstone (British, 4986 GRT, built 1938), Harmonic (British, 4558 GRT, built 1930), IJora (Russian, 2815 GRT, built 1921), Lorca (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), North King (Panamanian, 4934 GRT, built 1903), River Afton (British, 5479 GRT, built 1935), Stephan Khalturin (Russian, 2498 GRT, built 1921) and Ville d'Anvers (Belgian, 7462 GRT, built 1920).

On departure from Archangelsk the convoy was escorted by the minesweepers HMS Bramble (Capt. J.H.F. Crombie, RN), HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, RN) and HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN).

In the morning of the 4th the convoy was joined by the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.J.L. Phillips, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN).

At dusk on the 5th HMS Bramble, HMS Leda and HMS Seagull parted company with the convoy to return to North Russia.

At 0500A/11, HMS Norfolk parted company with the convoy to proceed to Scapa Flow.

Later on the 11th, the HMS Celia (T/Lt. F.G. Dawson, RNR) and HMS Windermere (Skr. J. Mawer, RNR) joined the convoy. HMS Icarus and HMS Eclipse were then detached to fuel at Seidisfjord. The rejoined the convoy on 13 November following which the trawlers were detached.

The convoy arrived at Kirkwall on 17 November 1941.

19 Jan 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Windermere (Skr. T. Williamson, RNR). (2)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Windermere (Skr. T. Williamson, RNR) and HMS Mewstone (A/Skr.Lt. J. Mawer, RNR). (2)

30 Jan 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Windermere (Skr. T. Williamson, RNR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/15781
  2. ADM 173/19346
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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