Allied Warships

HMS Philante (4.12)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.12 
Built byCamper & Nicholsons Ltd. (Gosport, England, U.K.) ; MAN 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched11 Feb 1937 
Commissioned 
End service 
History

Displacement: 1628 tons.
Completed in June 1937.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty on 15 September 1939.
Served as A/S and A/S training vessel.

Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Philante (4.12)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. (retired) Hugh Salvin Bowlby, RN22 Sep 193915 Oct 1941
2Cdr. (retired) Henry Joseph Rawle Paramore, RN15 Oct 194123 Jan 1943
3Capt. Addison Joe Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN23 Jan 194323 Dec 1943
4Cdr. Leonard Francis Durnford-Slater, RN23 Dec 19438 Aug 1944
5Cdr. Martin James Evans, OBE, RN8 Aug 194417 Jun 1945
6A H Milner, RNVR17 Jun 19458 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Philante include:


25 Sep 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. A.R. Cheyne, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Heliotrope (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, RNR) and HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (1)

16 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (2)

17 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (3)

30 Dec 1940
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) departed Barrow for Dartmouth. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (4)

9 Jan 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to perform an anti-Uboat patrol in the North Atlantic and to proceed to Halifax on completion of her patrol. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt. (Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN) until 0627/10 (zone +1). (5)

14 Mar 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Philante (Capt.(Retd.) H.S. Bowlby, RN). (6)

13 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (7)

2 Apr 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Anchusa (A/Lt.Cdr. D.M. Gibb, RNR), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Hurricane (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSO, DSC, RN). (8)

28 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN) and HMS Blackfly (T/Lt. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR). (9)

29 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN), HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN) and aircraft. (9)

10 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR), HMS Ness (Lt.Cdr. T.G.P. Crick, DSC, RN), HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN), USS Spencer, USS Campbell and HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (10)

29 Apr 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Holy Loch for Londonderry where she was to participate in A/S exercises. She made the passage together with HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN). They were was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN). (11)

23 May 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed Larne for the Campbeltown area. She was escorted by HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN). Off Campbeltown both ships conducted exercises during the night of 23/24 May 1943. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Universal then set course for Londonderry. (12)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (13)

15 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (13)

20 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (13)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (13)

27 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (13)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Loch Dunvegan (Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR), HMS Braithwaite (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Stoner, RN) and HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (14)

24 Mar 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (15)

24 Mar 1945
HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with Escort Group 1 and HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (14)

28 Mar 1945
HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with Escort Group 30 and HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (14)

1 Apr 1945
HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with Escort Group 16 and HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (16)

5 Apr 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (17)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16332
  2. ADM 173/16280
  3. ADM 173/16333
  4. ADM 173/16679
  5. ADM 199/1878
  6. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/16767
  8. ADM 173/17272
  9. ADM 173/17253
  10. ADM 173/17813
  11. ADM 173/18372
  12. ADM 173/18350
  13. ADM 173/19421
  14. ADM 173/20181
  15. ADM 173/20317
  16. ADM 173/20182
  17. ADM 173/20318

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


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