Allied Warships

HMS Abelia (K 184)

Corvette of the Flower class


Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-7312

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 184 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down19 Aug 1940 
Launched28 Nov 1940 
Commissioned3 Feb 1941 
End service 
History

HMS Abelia is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold in 1947.
Became the merchant Kraft in 1948.
Renamed Arne Skontorp in 1954.
Scrapped in Norway in 1966.

 

Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 9 Jan 1944 by unknown ().

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

Commands listed for HMS Abelia (K 184)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Frank Ardern, RNR28 Jan 19415 May 1943
2Lt. Francis Arthur Everett, RNR5 May 194327 Jul 1943
3Lt. Robert Inglis Floris, RNZNR27 Jul 194324 Nov 1943
4A/Lt.Cdr. Orme Gordon Stuart, RCNVR24 Nov 19435 Jul 1944
5T/Lt. Donald Swinborne Hutton, RNR5 Jul 1944late 1944
6T/Lt. Roy Austin Parker, RNVRlate 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Abelia include:


17 Feb 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR). (1)

18 Feb 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR). (1)

20 Jun 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, DSO, RN), HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR) and HMS St. Zeno (T/Lt. J.K. Craig, RNVR). (2)

5 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Gossamer (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Crease, RN), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN) and another vessel [unable to read the name of this last vessel in the log of HMS H 50]. (3)

10 Oct 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR). (4)

27 Feb 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Summerside (T/Lt. F.O. Gerity, RCNR) and HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR). (5)

8 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR), HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN) and HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR). (6)

12 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR), HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR), HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR) and HMS Dunkery (T/Lt. S.M. Booker, RNVR). (7)

1 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Asphodel (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR). (8)

24 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr. K.F. Adams, RCN) and HMS Abelia (Lt. F.A. Everett, RNR). (9)

25 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr. K.F. Adams, RCN), HMS Abelia (Lt. F.A. Everett, RNR) and HMS Northern Reward (Lt. J.D. Weaver, RNVR). (9)

6 Sep 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR) and HMS Abelia (Lt. R.I. Floris, RNZNR). (10)

9 Jan 1944
HMS Abelia (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) lost her rudder after being hit by a U-boat torpedo in approximate position 50N, 18W. It is not known which U-boat fired the torpedo.

8 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Matane (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN), HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Stormont (T/Skr.Lt. G.A. Myra, RCNR), HMCS Owen Sound (T/Skr.Lt. J.M. Watson, RCNR) and HMS Abelia (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR). (11)

24 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RN), HMS Nasturtium (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR) and HMS Abelia (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR). (11)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16790
  2. ADM 173/16782
  3. ADM 173/16793
  4. ADM 173/16786
  5. ADM 173/17246
  6. ADM 173/17216
  7. ADM 173/17253
  8. ADM 173/17244
  9. ADM 173/17772
  10. ADM 173/17762
  11. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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