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Short histories of Flower Class Corvettes from HMS Abelia to HMS Buttercup. Shown on this web page are ships company notice board, histories, photos and paintings and prints.

Displacement 925 tons, and a crew of 85, top speed of 16 knots. and a armament of one 4 - inch gun, one 2 pounder AA  and four .303 inch AA guns. 

Flower Class Corvettes

Alphabetical list of Corvettes Click the range to view information:

Corvettes "C" to "F" Corvettes "G" to "L" Corvettes M to P
Corvettes R to Z

 

Name Builder Launch Date Fate
HMS Abelia (K184) Harland & Wolff 28th November 1940 Used as a mercantile ship after the war. Name changed to Kraft in 1948, then Arne Skontorp in 1954.
HMS Acanthus (K01) Ailsa 26th May 1941 Sold to the Norwegian Navy and renamed Andenes. Served as corvette until 1950 and then reclassified to frigate. Sold for use as merchant ship in 1956. Renamed Colin Frye in 1956. (Information from Harald Vellesvik)

HMS Acanthus as HMS Andenes K01 c. 1950 - 1956.

Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy and renamed Andenes.  This corvette served in the Escort Group B6 and took part 1942 in the convoy battles for ON-122 and SC-104.  Acanthus returned to Norway in May 1945.  The next year the Norwegian Government purchased the vessel together with, amongst others, the corvettes Buttercup and Eglantine.  These ships were employed as fishery protection ships in Northern Norway and in the Barentz Sea as well as around Iceland.  Like the other vessels in the Norwegian Navy, she had KNM (HNoMS) added to her name in October 1946.  She retained however her wartime pennant number K01.  In 1950 she was reclassified as a frigate and given pennant number F307.  Sold to Union Whaling in 1956.  Towed from Sandefjord to Glasgow in June 1956 for conversion to whaler by A & J Inglis Ltd.  Renamed Colin Frye.  Sold in 1957 to Taiyo Gyogyo KK, Tokyo.  Renamed Toshi Maru No.2.  Scrapped in Japan in 1970.

Many thanks to Graeme Smith 

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HMS Aconite (K58) Ailsa 31st March 1941 Sold and used as mercantile named Aconit in 1941.
HMS Alisma (K185) Harland & Wolff 17th December 1940 After the war she became a mercantile Laconia in 1949, in 1950 becoming Constantinos S and in 1952 Parnon. The ship was lost on 16th July 1954.
HMS Alyssum (K100) Brown Kincaid 3rd March 1941 Served in the French Navy under the Name of Alysse in 1941 and was lost on 8th February 1942.
HMS Amaranthus (K17) Fleming & Ferguson 17th October 1940 Used as a mercantile from 1946 eventually scrapped in Hong Kong in 1953.
HMS Anchusa (K186) Harland & Wolff 15th January 1941 Used as mercantile and renamed Silverlord in 1949, renamed again in 1954 as Sir Edgar but was lost on 18th January 1960. She was salved and then scrapped in Mauritius.
HMS Anemone (K48) Blyth Clark 22nd April 1940 Renamed to Pelikan for use as a mercantile in 1950.

HMS Anemone.

Contributed by Tony smith, from his father's collection.

HMS Arabis (K73) Harland & Wolff 14th February 1940 Served with the US Navy as Saucy in 1942, returned to the Royal Navy and renamed Snapdragon in 1945, Sold and used as a mercantile under the name of Katina in 1947, then as Tewfik in 1950.

HMS Arabis c.1947.

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HMS Arbutus (K86) Blyth Clark 5th June 1940 Lost on 5th February 1942.

HMS Arbutus, c.1947.

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HMS Armeria (K187) Harland & Wolff 16th January 1941 Sold and used as a mercantile named Deppie in 1948, renamed Canastel in 1950, then as Rio Blanco in 1952 and lastly called Lillian in 1955.

Deppie (ex - HMS Armeria), September 1948.

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HMS Asphodel (K56) Brown Kincaid 25th May 1940 Lost on 9th March 1944.
HMS Aster (K188) Harland & Wolff 12th February 1941 Scrapped on 30th May 1946.
HMS Aubretia (K96) Brown Kincaid 5th September 1940 Sold and used as mercantile Arnfinn Berganin 1948.
HMS Auricula (K12) Brown Kincaid 14th November 1940 Lost on 6th May 1942.
HMS Azalea (K25) C W & G Holmes 8th July 1940 Used as a mercantile called Norte in 1946 and was lost on 19th January 1955.
HMS Balsam (K72) Brown Clark 30th May 1942 Scrapped on 20th April 1947.
HMS Begonia (K66) C W & G Holmes 18th September 1940 Served with the US Navy as Impulse in 1942, then used as a merchant ship named Begonlock in 1946. Name changed again to Fundiciones Molinao in 1949, to Astiluzu in 1951 and finally to Rio Mero in 1956.
HMS Belwort (K114) Brown Kincaid 11th August 1941 Served as the Irish ship Cliona in 1946.
HMS Bergamot (K189) Harland & Wolff 15th February 1941 Used as a merchant ship and changed names to Syros in 1947, then Delphini in 1951, Delfini in 1955 and lastly to Ekaterina in 1955.
HMS Bluebell (K80) Fleming & Ferguson 24th April 1940 Lost at sea on 17th February 1945.
HMS Borage (K120) Brown Kincaid 22nd November 1941 Served as the Irish ship Macha in 1946.

HMS Borage, May 1946.

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HMS Bryony (K192) Harland & Wolff 15th March 1941 Served with the Norwegian Navy as Polarfront II from 1947.
HMS Burdock (K126) Crown NE Marine 14th December 1940 Scrapped in August 1946 at Hayle.
HMS Buttercup (K193) Harland & Wolff 21st March 1940 Sold to the Norwegian Navy and renamed Nordkyn. Served as corvette until 1950 and then reclassified to frigate. Sold for use as merchant ship in 1956 changing her name to Thoris in 1957. (Information from Harald Vellesvik) 
 

Flower Class Corvette with B5 marking on the funnel.

We assume this is an escort from the convoy escort group B5, which consisted of the Destroyer HMS Havelock and three flower class corvettes; HMS Godetia, HMS Saxifrage and HMS Pimpernel.  Perhaps all three are represented in these three photos?

Contributed by The family of Capt. C.R. Longenecker, MC, USN (Ret.)

Flower Class Corvette with B5 marking on the funnel.

We assume this is an escort from the convoy escort group B5, which consisted of the Destroyer HMS Havelock and three flower class corvettes; HMS Godetia, HMS Saxifrage and HMS Pimpernel. Perhaps all three are represented in these three photos?

Contributed by The family of Capt. C.R. Longenecker, MC, USN (Ret.)

Flower Class Corvette with B5 marking on the funnel.

We assume this is an escort from the convoy escort group B5, which consisted of the Destroyer HMS Havelock and three flower class corvettes; HMS Godetia, HMS Saxifrage and HMS Pimpernel. Perhaps all three are represented in these three photos?

Contributed by The family of Capt. C.R. Longenecker, MC, USN (Ret.)

 

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