Allied Warships

HMS Alisma (K 185)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 185 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down19 Aug 1940 
Launched17 Dec 1940 
Commissioned13 Feb 1941 
End service 
History

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

Sold in 1947.
Became the merchant Laconia in 1949.
Renamed Constantinos S in 1950.
Renamed Parnon in 1952.
Sunk on 16 July 1954.

 

Commands listed for HMS Alisma (K 185)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Lt.Cdr. Maurice George Rose, RANVR2 Jan 19411 May 1943
2Lt. George Lanning, RANVR1 May 194311 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Alisma include:


2 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR). (1)

3 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 50]. (1)

6 Mar 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HMCS Trillium (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Harris, RCNR). (1)

6 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR), HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) and HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (2)

27 May 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (3)

4 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN), HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Campbeltown (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) Lord Teynham, RN). (4)

9 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (5)

10 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (4)

1 Dec 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR). (6)

14 Jan 1942
HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) picks up 6 survivors from the British merchant Empire Surf that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-43 south of Iceland in position 58°42'N, 19°16'W.

29 Jan 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Loosestrife (T/Lt. A.A. Campbell, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (7)

30 Jan 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) and HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR). (8)

31 Jan 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (T/Lt. A.A. Campbell, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (8)

1 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Mallow (Lt. W.R.B. Noall, DSC, RNR), HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR). (9)

11 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (Lt. G. Lanning, RANVR) and HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN). (10)

1 Oct 1943
HMS Spiraea (Lt. A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt. G. Lanning, RANVR) together pick up 68 survivors from the British merchant Fort Howe that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-410 east of Bougie in position 37°19'N, 06°40'E.

HMS Alisma also picks up 51 survivors from the British merchant Empire Commerce that was torpedoed and sunk in the same attack by German U-boat U-410 east of Bougie, Algeria in position 37°19'N, 06°40'E.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16791
  2. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16760
  4. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/16787
  6. ADM 173/16796
  7. ADM 173/17778
  8. ADM 173/17812
  9. ADM 173/17813
  10. ADM 173/17773

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


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