Allied Warships

HMS Pheasant (U 49)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 49 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered27 Mar 1941 
Laid down13 Jul 1942 
Launched21 Dec 1942 
Commissioned12 May 1943 
End service 

Scrapped 15 January 1963.


Commands listed for HMS Pheasant (U 49)

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1Lt.Cdr. Rider Stewart Abram, RNApr 194312 Jun 1943
2Cdr. Leonard Francis Durnford-Slater, RN18 Jun 194330 Nov 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Gerald Anthony Gore Ormsby, RN30 Nov 194320 Jan 1944
4Cdr. William Edward James Eames, DSC, RN20 Jan 1944Dec 1944
5Lt.Cdr. Jack Barrington Palmer, RNDec 194417 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Pheasant include:

22 Jun 1943
HMS Otus (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Eade, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Pheasant (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN). (1)

3 Oct 1943
HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Pheasant (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS Venturer proceeded to Rothesay. (2)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Pheasant and HMS Papua (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR). (3)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Woodcock (A/Lt.Cdr. S.J. Parsons, DSC, RN) and HMS Pheasant (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN). (4)

22 Jun 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. D.R. Wilson, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Brisbane with HMS Pheasant (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN) and HMS Derg (Lt.Cdr. N.B.J. Stapleton, RD, RNR). (5)


  1. ADM 173/17885
  2. ADM 173/18449
  3. ADM 173/19302
  4. ADM 173/20229
  5. ADM 173/20343

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

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