He was to be drafted to the Mediterranean.
He was given inoculations and sent on fourteen days home leave,
but this draft was cancelled and Magnus was sent to join H.M.S.
Wastwater in Aberdeen where she had just returned from Narvik,
where she was involved in the evacuations of British troops.
Whilst in Narvik the crew had raided the NAFFI and on return
to Aberdeen the ship was put in debt which meant that they were
on meagre rations, until they reached the USA.
H.M.S. Wastwater, a newly built
560-ton armed whaler Lake Class.
Displacement 560 tons
Length 138 ft.
Armament 1x12 pdr.AA, 1x20mm AA, 2x5inch AA.
Speed 14 knots.
The ship had a crew of fifteen, the ratings were attached to the
Patrol Service Royal Navy Reserve and were all ex-Trawler men
or ex-Merchant Navy.
Magnus’s first trip was to sail to Scapa Flow, which was
to be their base station, he was sick for most of the trip.
From Scapa they patrolled the Pentland Firth to Cape Wrath. Whilst
at Scapa Magnus spent fourteen days on board the submarine supply
ship H.M.S. Maidestone learning about the Marconi wireless set
and the Patrol Service routines. Learning more in those fourteen
days than he ever did at Royal Arthur.