HMS Lucia (F 27)
Submarine Depot Ship
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Submarine Depot Ship|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Richardson Westgarth (Furness, U.K.)|
|Launched||21 Nov 1907|
Displacement: 5805 tons.
Former Hamburg-America liner Spreewald. Captured in September 1914 and converted into a Submarine Depot Ship in 1916.
During the Second World War she served in the far east. Damaged during a Japanese air attack on Colombo in April 1942.
Later in the war she became a "small ship" (up to destroyers) repair ship.
Sold in 1948 to become the merchant Sinai.
Commands listed for HMS Lucia (F 27)
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|1||Capt. James Frank William Mudford, RN||21 Aug 1939||10 Dec 1939|
|2||Cdr. Sidney Moffat Raw, RN||Oct 1939||3 May 1940|
|3||A/Cdr. (retired) Charles Richard de Bunsen Loftus Townshend, RN||3 May 1940||17 Mar 1942|
|4||Cdr. Robert Michael Gore Gambier, RN||17 Mar 1942||2 Apr 1943|
|5||A/Cdr. (retired) Gerald Hugh Stapleton, RN||2 Apr 1943||Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving Lucia include:
3 Sep 1939
At 1815 hours (zone -4), HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN), departed Masirah Island in the Arabian Sea for patrol in the Arabian Sea. This was to provide cover for the movements of warships from the Royal Indian Navy; HMS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN) and HMS Clive (Cdr. H.P. Hughes-Hallet, RIN); as well as the depot ship HMS Lucia (Cdr. J.F.W. Mudford, RN) (1)
- ADM 53/109582
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.