Allied Warships

HMS Soika (FY 1775)

MS Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 1775 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched22 Jul 1925 
CommissionedApr 1940 
End service 

Completed in August 1925.
Whaler of South Georgia Co. Ltd. (Chr.Salvesen & Co., Middlesborough, U.K.), taken over by the Admiralty in April 1940.
Displacement: 313 tons.

Returned to owner in October 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Soika (FY 1775)

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1W Geddes, RNR17 Sep 1940early 1941

2T/S.Lt. Malcolm Harry Riddick, RNRSep 194114 Nov 1941
3T/Lt. Charles Forrester Bailey, RNVR14 Nov 194111 Apr 1942
4T/Lt. John McDonald Ruttan, RCNVR11 Apr 194228 Jul 1942
5Skr. James Thomson, RNR28 Jul 19429 Dec 1942
6T/Skr. Ezra Heaton Brooks, RNR9 Dec 1942Jun 1944
7T/A/Ch.Skr. Robert Charles Allen, DSC, RNR1 Jun 1944Oct 1944 (1)
8T/Skr. Arthur Guy Seaman, RNROct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Soika include:

5 Jan 1941
At Lindi, the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) fuelled and stored four M/S whalers of the 142nd Minesweeping Group. These were the Sarna, Soika, Sotra and Svana.

All ships then departed Lindi later the same day. (2)


  2. ADM 53/113882

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

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