Allied Warships

HMS Varanga (FY 1625)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 1625 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched14 Mar 1929 
CommissionedAug 1939 
End service 

Completed on 25 April 1929.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 361 tons.

Returned to her owner in Novmeber 1945.
Renamed Red Crusader in 1946.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium on 9 April 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Varanga (FY 1625)

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1T/Skr. Charles Dennay, RNR2 Mar 19402 Apr 1940
2Lt. George Clement Crowley, RN2 Apr 1940mid 1942
3T/Skr. Frank Stephen Gleeson, RNRmid 194224 May 1943
4A/Skr.Lt. William Eric Patterson, RNR24 May 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Varanga include:

11 Dec 1940
HMS Varanga (T/Lt. G.C. Crowley, RNVR) picks up 25 survivors from the British passenger ship Rotorua that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 about 110 miles north-west of St. Kilda in position 58°56'N, 11°20'W.

29 Jan 1944
HMS Varanga picked up Sgt S.C.B.Parker [RAF] from the North Sea. He was one of four crew from a Halifax returning from a bombing run to Berlin. They had bailed out and were picked up by three minesweeping trawlers. The other two were HMS Prospect and HMS Property. They were in a group anchored 10 miles off the Wash. These four men were the only ones to survive out of a crew of seven from 431 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force flying out of RAF station Croft. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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