Allied Warships

HMS Svana (FY 1707)

MS Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 1707 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched30 Jul 1930 
CommissionedApr 1940 
Lost8 Apr 1942 

Whaler of South Georgia Co. Ltd. (Chr.Salvesen & Co., Leith, U.K.), taken over by the Admiralty in April 1940.
Displacement: 268 tons.

HMS Svana (T/Lt. John McDonald Ruttan, DSC, RCNVR) was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Alexandria, Egypt.


Commands listed for HMS Svana (FY 1707)

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1T/Skr. Lawrence Oliver, RNR17 Sep 19404 Sep 1941
2T/Lt. John McDonald Ruttan, RCNVR4 Sep 19418 Apr 1942

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Notable events involving Svana 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)

21 Feb 1942
HMS Svana (T/Lt. J.M. Ruttan, RCNVR) is docked in the Gabbari Dock at Alexandria.

[Date of undocking currently not known to us.] (2)


  1. ADM 53/113882
  2. ADM 53/116464

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

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