HMS Spaniard (FY 144)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||14 Jan 1937|
|Lost||5 Dec 1942|
Completed in February 1937.
HMS Spaniard (T/Lt. Joseph Davidson Love, RNR) was sunk by an accidental fire at Lagos, Nigeria on 5 December 1942.
The cause of the disaster was a spillage from the oil tanker Athelvictor. She had been berthed about 400 yards from the trawlers at the oil storage berth and had been discharging her cargo. However, it was soon realised that something was not ok, as the fuel could be seen to be escaping from the tanker into the sea. It was found that valves used to admit water ballast and to flush pipelines for cleaning, had not been closed after her last discharge. In consequence about sixty tons of benzene had spilled into the harbour. The petrol vapour exploded soon after and caused a huge fire.
Commands listed for HMS Spaniard (FY 144)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Francis James Webster, RNR||22 Sep 1939||mid 1941|
|2||Lt. Harry Riding, RNR||25 Feb 1942||Apr 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Joseph Davidson Love, RNR||Apr 1942||5 Dec 1942|
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Notable events involving Spaniard include:
5 Mar 1940
HMS Kelt (Skr. W.McK. Smith, RNR), while returning from the 'outer patrol' to Freetown, obtained an A/S contact. HMS Spaniard (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR), which was on the 'inner patrol' came to assist. Depth charge attacks were carried out by the trawlers. HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) was sailed from Freetown to assist. Aircraft were also ordered to proceed to the scene as was HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. R.C. Harry, RN) from the 'outer patrol'. (2)
- ADM 173/15746
- ADM 199/380
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.