Allied Warships

HMS Wastwater (FY 239)

ASW Whaler of the Lake class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
PennantFY 239 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down7 Jul 1939 
Launched31 Aug 1939 
Commissioned7 Nov 1939 
End service 
HistorySold in May 1946.

Former nameHMS Grassmere, Kos XXVIII

Commands listed for HMS Wastwater (FY 239)

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1Lt. John Jackson, RNRlate 193914 Feb 1940
2T/Lt. William Wilkinson White, RNR14 Feb 1940late 1940
3T/Lt. Alasatair Cameron Munro, RNVRlate 194012 Feb 1941
4T/Lt. Robert Edwards, RNVR12 Feb 1941Aug 1941
5T/Lt. John Henry Louis May, OBE, RNVRAug 1941Apr 1943
6T/Lt. William John Lewis Storey, RNVRApr 194313 Jul 1945
7T/Lt. Andrew Miller Anderson, RNVR13 Jul 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Wastwater include:

22 Jan 1941
HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to lay a minefield off Bud, Norway.

She was escorted north by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Jones, RNR) until 1400/23 when HMS Wastwater (T/Lt. A.C. Munro, RNVR) took over the escort until 0900/24.

As no log for this period is available no map can be displayed. (1)

28 Jan 1941
At 1300 hours HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) made rendez-vous off Yell Sound, Shetland Islands with her escort HMS Wastwater (T/Lt. A.C. Munro, RNVR). They then proceeded towards Holy Loch. At 0900/29 HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) took over the escort. (1)


  1. ADM 199/1827

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

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