Allied Warships

HMS Balsam (K 72)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 72 
Built byGeorge Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Clark 
Ordered29 Oct 1940 
Laid down16 Apr 1941 
Launched30 May 1942 
Commissioned28 Nov 1942 
End service 
History

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

She was scrapped at Newport starting on 20 April 1947.

 
Former nameHMS Chelmer

Commands listed for HMS Balsam (K 72)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. James Ernest Lewis Peters, RNR17 Aug 194214 Apr 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Sir Joseph Herbert Spence Fayrer, DSC, RNVR14 Apr 194415 Jan 1945
3T/Lt. Leslie Henry Harvey, RNR15 Jan 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Balsam include:


2 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR) and aircraft. (1)

3 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Mallow (Lt. W.R.B. Noall, DSO, RNR) and HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR). (1)

5 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ilfracombe (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Clark, DSC, RN), Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR) and HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. H. Day, RN). (2)

4 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR), ? (can't read the ships name in Upstart's log), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR), HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR) and HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR). (3)

5 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR), HMS Parrsboro (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Raven, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Wedgeport (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.L. Fetherstonhaugh, RNR). (4)

3 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Northern Gift (T/Lt. P.T. Clothier, RNVR) and HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A.R.J. Tilston, DSC, RNR). (5)

4 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rochester (Cdr. H.V. King, OBE, RN), HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A.R.J. Tilston, DSC, RNR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. G.W. Rayner, RNVR) and HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR). (5)

15 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-135 was sunk in the Atlantic, in position 28°20'N, 13°17'W, by the British sloop HMS Rochester (Cdr. H.V. King, OBE, RN) and the British corvettes HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR) and HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR) and an American Catalina aircraft (VP-92).

28 Aug 1943
HMS H 33 (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A.R.J. Tilston, DSC, RNR), HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RD, RNR), HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR) and HMCS St. Croix (A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR). (6)

23 Dec 1944
HMS Balsam (Lt.Cdr. Sir J.H.S. Fayer, DSC, RNVR) picks up 8 survivors from the British merchant Dumfries that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-322 south of St.Catherine?s Point, Isle of Wight in position 50°23'N, 01°43'W.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17779
  2. ADM 173/17814
  3. ADM 173/18373
  4. ADM 173/17782
  5. ADM 173/17926
  6. ADM 173/17785

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


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