Allied Warships

HMS Bute (T 168)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 168 
Built byGoole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd. (Goole, U.K.) 
Ordered6 Apr 1940 
Laid down15 Oct 1940 
Launched12 May 1941 
Commissioned15 Sep 1941 
End service 
HistorySold in March 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Bute (T 168)

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1T/Lt. Arthur Frederick Whalley Boumphrey, RNVRAug 1941mid/late42
2Douglas Grahame Read, RNVRmid/late4212 Oct 1942
3T/Lt. Frank Adkins Glover, RNVR12 Oct 194210 Feb 1943
4T/Lt. Cecil William Hancock, RNR10 Feb 194329 Apr 1944
5T/Lt. Thomas Costley, RNVR29 Apr 19449 Nov 1944
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Lang Root, RNVR9 Nov 1944early 1945
7T/S.Lt. George Frederick Kettle, RNVRearly 1945

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Notable events involving Bute include:

26 Oct 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Caesar (Capt. G.N. Brewer, DSO, RN), HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T. Costley, RNVR) and HMS Macbeth (A/Skr.Lt. R.C. Green, DSC, RNR). (1)

1 Nov 1944
HMS Virulent (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Cowdray (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Lord Lloyd (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Flaaten, RNR) and HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T. Costley, RNVR). (2)

15 Nov 1944
During the morning, HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN), conducts A/S exercises with HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Bute (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.L. Root, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/19410
  2. ADM 173/19411
  3. ADM 173/18917

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

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