Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Vervain (K 190)

British Corvette

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NameHMS Vervain (K 190)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage925 tons
Completed1941 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack20 Feb 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-1276 (Karl-Heinz Wendt)
Position51° 47'N, 7° 06'W - Grid AM 89
Complement96 officers and men (60 dead and 36 survivors).
History Laid down as HMS Broom (K 190), commissioned in June 1941 as HMS Vervain (K 190)
Notes on event

At 11.49 hours on 20 February 1945 HMS Vervain (K 190) (T/A/LtCdr R.A. Howell, RNVR) was hit on starboard side by a torpedo from U-1276 while escorting convoy HX-337 and sank at 12.12 hours about 25 miles south-east of Dungarvan, Ireland. The commander, three officers and 56 ratings were lost. The U-boat was sunk after this attack by HMS Amethyst (U 16) (LtCdr N. Scott-Elliot, DSC, RN) from the same convoy. Three officers and 33 ratings were rescued by the British rescue ship Bury, assisted by a whaler from HMS Geranium (K 16) (T/Lt C. Blackshaw, RNVR) which had swapped her position in the escort screen with HMS Vervain only 10 minutes before the attack.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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