Allied Warships

HMS Gossamer (J 63)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 63 
ModSecond group 
Built byWilliam Hamilton & Co. (Port Glasgow, Scotland): A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered16 Jul 1936 
Laid down2 Nov 1936 
Launched5 Oct 1937 
Commissioned31 Mar 1938 
Lost24 Jun 1942 
Loss position68° 59'N, 33° 03'E

HMS Gossamer (Lt.Cdr. Thomas Crosbie Crease, RN) was sunk by German aircraft off the Kola Inlet, Russia in position 68º59'N, 33º03'E.


Commands listed for HMS Gossamer (J 63)

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1Cdr. Reginald Cecil Haskett-Smith, RN5 Jan 193921 Feb 1940
2Cdr. Richard Cyril Vesey Ross, RN21 Feb 1940Oct 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, RNOct 194021 Jul 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Thomas Crosbie Crease, RN21 Jul 194124 Jun 1942

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Notable events involving Gossamer include:

13 Feb 1940
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) and HMS Gossamer (Cdr. R.C. Haskett-Smith, RN) left convoy HGF 18 together. Both then proceeded to Portsmouth. (1)

4 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Gossamer (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Crease, RN). (2)

5 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Gossamer (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Crease, RN), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN) and another vessel [unable to read the name of this last vessel in the log of HMS H 50]. (2)


  1. ADM 199/2564
  2. ADM 173/16793

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

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