Allied Warships

HMS Southern Spray (FY 323)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 323 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched21 May 1925 
CommissionedAug 1940 
End service 

Completed in July 1925.
Whaler of Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. Ltd., Stanley, Falkland Islands, requisitioned by the Admiralty in March 1940.
Displacement: 319 tons.

Returned to owner in November 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Southern Spray (FY 323)

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1Skr. Harold Ernest Moran, RNR21 Aug 19403 Sep 1942
2Skr. Richard George Utting, RNR3 Sep 194212 Oct 1942
3A/Skr.Lt. William Martin, RNR12 Oct 19428 Dec 1944
4A/Skr.Lt. Christopher Pratt, RNR8 Dec 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Southern Spray include:

27 Sep 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Wave (Skr. W.S. Flowers, RNR) and HMS Southern Spray (Skr. H.E. Moran, RNR). (1)

11 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Eriskay (T/Lt. F.B. Cunningham, RNVR) and HMS Southern Spray (A/Skr.Lt. W. Martin, RNR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/16332
  2. ADM 173/17255

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

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