Allied Warships

HMS Lark (U 11)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-9968

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 11 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered27 Mar 1941 
Laid down5 May 1942 
Launched28 Aug 1943 
Commissioned10 Apr 1944 
Lost17 Feb 1945 

At 10.15 hours on 17 February 1945 the German submarine U-968 fired one LUT torpedo at a destroyer of the Groznyj-class and observed a hit after 6 minutes 20 seconds. In fact HMS Lark (Cdr. Hedworth Lambton, RN, (retired)) was hit in the stern north-east of Murmansk in position 69º30'N, 34º33'E, towed into the Kola Inlet and beached near Rosta. The ship was declared a total loss by the Royal Navy and the wreck was handed over to the Soviets.

Earlier that day, U-425 had been sunk by depth charges from HMS Lark and the British corvette HMS Alnwick Castle.


Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 17 Feb 1945 by U-968 (Westphalen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Lark

Commands listed for HMS Lark (U 11)

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1Cdr. Henry Leslie Pryse, RNRMar 194416 Oct 1944
2Cdr. (retired) Hedworth Lambton, RN16 Oct 1944Feb/Mar 45
3Lt. Reginald Kersley, RNFeb/Mar 45???

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Notable events involving Lark include:

22 Sep 1944
HMS Malaya (Cdr. D.H. Fuller, RN) departed Plymouth for Rosyth. She was being escorted by HMS Hart (Cdr. (retired) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Lark (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR).

At 1145/22 they were joined by HMS Affleck (Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Garlies (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Calpe, DSC, RN) and HMS Gore (Lt. J.V. Reeves-Brown, DSC, RN).

At 1325/24, HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN) took over from HMS Hart and HMS Lark. [The other escorts apparently had been detached by this time.]

At 1650/24, Verdun (Cdr. D. Parsons, RD, RNR) and HMS Vega (Lt. C.G. Forsberg, RN) took over from HMS Cassandra and HMS Cambrian.

Around 0945/25, HMS Malaya arrived off Rosyth. (1)

17 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-425 was sunk in the Barents Sea near Murmansk, Russia, in position 69°39'N, 35°50'E, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Lark (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Lambton, RN) and the British corvette HMS Alnwick Castle (A/Lt.Cdr. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR).


  1. ADM 53/119848

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

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