Allied Warships

HMS Sotra

MS Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched24 Jul 1925 
CommissionedSep 1939 
Lost29 Jan 1942 
Loss position32° 07'N, 25° 30'E

Completed in August 1925.
Whaler of South Georgia Co. Ltd. (Chr.Salvesen & Co., Leith, U.K.), taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 313 tons.

HMS Sotra (T/Lt. Frederick Roy Linfield, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-431 about 80 nautical miles east of Tobruk, Libya in position 32º07'N, 25º30'E. All hands (22) lost.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 29 Jan 1942 by U-431 (Dommes).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Sotra

Commands listed for HMS Sotra

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1T/Lt. John Mortimer Davies, RCNVR5 Oct 194028 Jul 1941
2T/Lt. Frederick Roy Linfield, RNR28 Jul 194129 Jan 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Sotra 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. (1)


  1. ADM 53/113882

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

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