Allied Warships

HMS Solvra (FY 334)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 334 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched7 Sep 1937 
CommissionedApr 1942 
End service 
History

Completed in November 1937.
Whaler of South Georgia Co. Ltd. (Chr.Salvesen & Co., Middlesborough, U.K.), requisitioned by the Admiralty in January 1942.
Displacement: 433 tons.

Returned to owner in September 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Solvra (FY 334)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. John Charles Elder, RNVR23 Apr 194224 Jul 1944
2T/Lt. William Bertram Delaney, RNVR24 Jul 1944Dec 1944
3T/Lt. Maxwell Low, DSC, RNVRDec 1944mid/late45

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Notable events involving Solvra include:


12 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR), HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (1)

13 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (1)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (1)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Freesia (T/Lt. W.L. Hancock, SANF(V)) and HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR). (2)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Lulworth (Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RD, RNR) and HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR). (2)

13 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/20272
  2. ADM 173/20273

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


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