Allied Warships

HMS Bute (T 168)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 168 
Built byGoole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd. (Goole, U.K.) 
Ordered6 Apr 1940 
Laid down15 Oct 1940 
Launched12 May 1941 
Commissioned15 Sep 1941 
End service 
HistorySold in March 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Bute (T 168)

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1T/Lt. Arthur Frederick Whalley Boumphrey, RNVRAug 1941mid/late42
2Douglas Grahame Read, RNVRmid/late4212 Oct 1942
3T/Lt. Frank Adkins Glover, RNVR12 Oct 194210 Feb 1943
4T/Lt. Cecil William Hancock, RNR10 Feb 194329 Apr 1944
5T/Lt. Thomas Costley, RNVR29 Apr 19449 Nov 1944
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Lang Root, RNVR9 Nov 1944early 1945
7T/S.Lt. George Frederick Kettle, RNVRearly 1945

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Notable events involving Bute include:

29 Dec 1941

Convoy QP 4.

This convoy departed Archangel, Russia on 29 December 1941. The convoy was dispersed on 9 January 1942.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Briarwood (British, 4019 GRT, built 1930), Cape Corso (British, 3807 GRT, built 1929), Cape Race (British, 3807 GRT, built 1930), Cocle (Panamanian, 5630 GRT, built 1920), Dan-Y-Bryn (British, 5117 GRT, built 1940), El Capitan (Panamanian, 5255 GRT, built 1917), Eulima (British (tanker), 6207 GRT, built 1937), Mirlo (Norwegian (tanker), 7455 GRT, built 1922), San Ambrosio (British (tanker), 7410 GRT, built 1935), Sukhona (Russian, 3124 GRT, built 1918), Trehata (British, 4817 GRT, built 1928), Trekieve (British, 1919 GRT, built 1919) and Wanstead (British, 5486 GRT, built 1928).

The convoy was delayed by the heavy ice conditions and two of the merchant ships, the Eulima and San Ambrosio had to return to Archangelsk.

The convoy was escorted by them minesweepers HMS Bramble (Capt. J.H.F. Crombie, RN), HMS Hebe (Lt.Cdr. J.B.G. Temple, DSC, RN), HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, RN), HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN), HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN), the auxiliary A/S trawler HMS Stella Capella (Lt. W.L. Sadgrove, RANVR) and the M/S trawler HMS Bute (T/Lt. A.F.W. Boumphrey, RNVR).

The convoy eventually got out of the heavy ice and were joined on 5 January 1942 by the light cruiser HMS Edinburgh (Capt. H.W. Faulkner, RN) and the destroyers HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN) and HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) coming from Murmansk. HMS Bramble and HMS Hebe then parted company to proceed to Murmansk.

The convoy was dispersed on 9 January 1942.

26 Oct 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Caesar (Capt. G.N. Brewer, DSO, RN), HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T. Costley, RNVR) and HMS Macbeth (A/Skr.Lt. R.C. Green, DSC, RNR). (1)

1 Nov 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Cowdray (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Lord Lloyd (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Flaaten, RNR) and HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T. Costley, RNVR). (2)

15 Nov 1944
During the morning, HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN), conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.L. Root, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/19410
  2. ADM 173/19411
  3. ADM 173/18917

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

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