Allied Warships

HMS Lucia (F 27)

Submarine Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 27 
Built byRichardson Westgarth (Furness, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched21 Nov 1907 
Commissioned 1916 
End service 

Displacement: 5805 tons.
Speed: 12.75 knots
Complement: 262 men.

Former Hamburg-America liner Spreewald. Captured in September 1914 and converted into a Submarine Depot Ship in 1916.

During the Second World War she served in the far east. Damaged during a Japanese air attack on Colombo in April 1942.

Later in the war she became a "small ship" (up to destroyers) repair ship.

Sold in 1948 to become the merchant Sinai.
Scrapped in La Spezia, Italy on 5 January 1951.


Commands listed for HMS Lucia (F 27)

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1Capt. James Frank William Mudford, RN21 Aug 193910 Dec 1939
2Cdr. Sidney Moffat Raw, RNOct 19393 May 1940
3A/Cdr. (retired) Charles Richard de Bunsen Loftus Townshend, RN3 May 194017 Mar 1942
4Cdr. Robert Michael Gore Gambier, RN17 Mar 19422 Apr 1943
5A/Cdr. (retired) Gerald Hugh Stapleton, RN2 Apr 1943Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Lucia include:

3 Sep 1939
At 1815 hours (zone -4), HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN), departed Masirah Island in the Arabian Sea for patrol in the Arabian Sea. This was to provide cover for the movements of warships from the Royal Indian Navy; HMS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN) and HMS Clive (Cdr. H.P. Hughes-Hallet, RIN); as well as the depot ship HMS Lucia (Cdr. J.F.W. Mudford, RN) (1)


  1. ADM 53/109582

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

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