Allied Warships

HMS Corinthian (F 103)

Ocean boarding vessel

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeOcean boarding vessel
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 103 
Built byWilliam Gray & Co. (Hartepool, U.K.) : Central Marine Engineering (West Hartepool, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched3 May 1938 
Commissioned 1940 
End service 
History

Cargo (ref.) vessel completed in August 1938.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty in August 1940.
Displacement: 3122 GRT.
Dimensions: 105.4 x 15.3.
Armament: 2 6" guns (2x1), 1 12pdr AA gun, 4 .303" MG AA (4x1).
Speed: 14.5 knots.

Became a training ship in the second half of 1943.
Returned to her owner in 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Corinthian (F 103)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Cdr. Ernest James Rigby Pollitt, RNR17 Sep 194013 Aug 1943
2A/Cdr. (emergency) Selwyn Gerold Caygill Rawson, RN13 Aug 1943early 1945

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Notable events involving Corinthian include:


15 Mar 1941

Convoy HG 56.

This convoy departed Gibraltar on 15 March 1941 and arrived in U.K. waters on 1 April 1941.

On departure from Gibraltar the convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Ary Lensen (British, 3214 GRT, built 1930), Aymeric (British, 5196 GRT, built 1919), Baron Haig (British, 3391 GRT, built 1926), Baron Nairn (British, 3164 GRT, built 1925), Baron Pentland (British, 3410 GRT, built 1927), Bruce M. (British, 1887 GRT, built 1927), Crane (British, 785 GRT, built 1937), Cressado (British, 1228 GRT, built 1913), Dayrose (British, 4113 GRT, built 1928), Fanefjeld (Norwegian, 1354 GRT, built 1920), Fendris (British, 1018 GRT, built 1925), Lech (Polish, 1568 GRT, built 19341927), Lissa (British, 1511 GRT, built ), Magne (Swedish, 3103 GRT, built 1912), Margareta (British, 1173 GRT, built 1904), Ocean Coast (British, 1173 GRT, built 1935), Philipp M. (British, 2085 GRT, built 1924), Procris (British, 1033 GRT, built 1924), Rhineland (British, 1381 GRT, built 1922), Rimfakse (Norwegian, 1334 GRT, built 1921), Thurso (British, 2436 GRT, built 1919), Treminnard (British, 4964 GRT, built 1922), Ulea (British, 1574 GRT, built 1936), Uskside (British, 2708 GRT, built 1937) and Wallonia (Swedish, 1435 GRT, built ).

[It is possible some of these ships did not sail from Freetown but joined the convoy at sea.]

On departure from Gibraltar the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN), sloop HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN), corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR), HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR) and the submarine HMS Olympus (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dymott, RN).

HMS Velox, HMS Geranium and HMS Verbena parted company on 16 March to return to Gibraltar.

The light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.M. Burrough, CB, RN) joined the convoy around 0900Z/23.

At 1600Z/24, HMS Olympus parted company with the convoy and proceeded to join convoy OG 56.

Around 1130Z/25, the armed boarding vessel HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr. E.J.R. Pollitt, RNR) joined the convoy.

Around 0800Z/27, the destroyer HMS Legion (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, RN), LĂ©opard (Lt.Cdr. J. Evenou) and Piorun (Cdr. E.J.S. Plawski) joined the convoy.

Around 1000Z/27, the corvettes HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, RNR), HMS Mallow (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Piggott, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Nicholson, RNR) joined the convoy.

Around 1700Z/27, the destroyers HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN), HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR), sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN), A/S trawlers HMS Northern Gem (Skr.Lt. W.J.V. Mullender, DSC, RNR), HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR) and rescue ship Zaafaran (1559 GRT, built 1921) joined.

Around 0930A/29, the destroyer HMS Broadwater (Lt.Cdr. W.M.L. Astwood, RN) joined the convoy.

26 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with aircraft and HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr. E.J.R. Pollitt, RNR). (1)

27 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Richmond (Lt.Cdr. A.F.L. Evans, RN), HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr. E.J.R. Pollitt, RNR), HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Waterhouse, RN) and HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN). (2)

28 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Primrose (Lt.Cdr. (retired) A. Ayre, RNR), HMS Viscount (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Waterhouse, RN) and HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr. E.J.R. Pollitt, RNR). (1)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Dauntless (Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, DSO, RN), HMS Diomede (Cdr. R.A. Ewing, DSC, RN) and HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr.(Emgy. S.G.C. Rawson, RN) departed Rosyth for Scapa Flow. (3)

8 Dec 1943
HMS Dauntless (Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, DSO, RN), HMS Diomede (Cdr. R.A. Ewing, DSC, RN) and HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr.(Emgy. S.G.C. Rawson, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (3)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Dauntless (Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, DSO, RN), HMS Diomede (Cdr. R.A. Ewing, DSC, RN) and HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr.(Emgy. S.G.C. Rawson, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rosyth. (3)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Dauntless (Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, DSO, RN), HMS Diomede (Cdr. R.A. Ewing, DSC, RN) and HMS Corinthian (A/Cdr.(Emgy. S.G.C. Rawson, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17271
  3. ADM 53/117320 + ADM 53/117392

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


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