Allied Warships

HMS Primrose (K 91)

Corvette of the Flower class

Photo with thanks to R. J. Firmin who served on her in 1942-43

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 91 
Built byWilliam Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down22 Sep 1939 
Launched8 May 1940 
Commissioned15 Jul 1940 
End service 

HMS Primrose is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List.

Sold on 9 August 1946.
Sold to Globus & Polaris in June 1949.
Towed by Salvator from Londonderry on 26 June to Greåker.
Refitted as bouy-boat at Sarpsborg Mek.V.
Delivered in November 1949 and renamed Norfinn.
Refitted as whaler in the autumn of 1952.
. Last season 1961/1962.
. laid up in May 1962 at Rolighets Verft.
Sold in October 1965 to Jos Boel & Fils, Tamise and towed to Belgium.
Scrapped in June 1966.


Commands listed for HMS Primrose (K 91)

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1Lt.Cdr. Charles Bettesworth Sanders, RNVR23 Apr 194012 Feb 1941
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Albert Ayre, RNR12 Feb 194124 Sep 1942
3T/Lt. Philip Edward Kitto, RNR24 Sep 194223 Sep 1943
4T/Lt. Reginald Frederick Pembry, RNR23 Sep 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Primrose include:

27 Aug 1940
HMS Primrose (K91), picked up survivors from the Merchant ship Dunvegan Castle and landed in Scotland. (1)

8 Aug 1942
HMS Primrose (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR (retired)) picks up 54 survivors from the Greek merchant Mount Kassion that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-176 and 7 survivors from the British merchant Anneberg that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-379 in convoy SC-94 southeast of Cape Farwell in position 56°30'N, 32°14'W.


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