Allied Warships

HMS Southern Pride (K 249)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantK 249 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched16 Oct 1936 
CommissionedJul 1940 
Lost16 Jun 1944 

Completed in December 1936.
Whaler of Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. Ltd., London, U.K., requisitioned by the Admiralty in March 1940.
Displacement: 582 tons.

Wrecked near Freetown on 16 June 1944 and declared a total loss.


Commands listed for HMS Southern Pride (K 249)

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1Lt. Nicholas Bryan John Stapleton, RNR22 Jul 1940Jan 1941
2T/Lt. Brian Osborne Babb, RNVRJan 19417 Feb 1941
3T/Lt. Frank Arnold Darrah, RNVR7 Feb 194122 May 1943
4T/Lt. Geoffrey Barrett Angus, DSC, RNVR22 May 194316 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Southern Pride include:

23 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Southern Pride (T/Lt. F.A. Darrah, RNVR) and HMS ML 302 (T.Lt. I.L. Fawcett, RNVR). (1)

24 Dec 1943
HMS Southern Pride (T/Lt. G.B. Angus, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Arran pick up 130 survivors from the British seaplane tender Dumana that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-515 about 70 miles west-southwest of Sassandra, Ivory Coast, in position 04°27'N, 06°58'W.


  1. ADM 173/17528

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

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