Allied Warships

HMS Buttercup (K 193)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 193 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down17 Dec 1940 
Launched10 Apr 1941 
Commissioned24 Apr 1942 
End service20 Dec 1944 
History

The ships completion was delayed because she was fitted for minesweeping during construction. When completed she was crewed by the Section Belge of the Royal Navy (Free Belgian Navy).

HMS Buttercup was loaned to the Royal Norwegian Navy on 20 December 1944 to replace HNoMS Tunsberg Castle. For the duration of the war Buttercup served on escort duties. Buttercup sailed for Oslo, Norway on 13 May 1945. In 1946 she was purchased outright by the Norwegian government and on 10 August 1946 she was renamed Nordkyn. In 1956 or 1957 (???) Nordkyn was sold to the Thor Dahl Whaling Company to be converted into a whaler being renamed Thoris. Thoris was eventually sold for scrapping in June 1969.

 
Career notesTo the Royal Norwegian Navy as Buttercup

Commands listed for HMS Buttercup (K 193)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. James Crosbie Dawson, RNR15 Jan 194223 Mar 1943
2T/Lt. Rernegius Julianus Jonckheere, RNR23 Mar 194326 Mar 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Hunter, RNR26 Mar 1944mid 1944
4T/Lt. Willy Alexander Marie Joseph Libert, RNRmid 194420 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Buttercup include:


13 Jan 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Havelock (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, DSC, RN), HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN), HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR) and RHS Kriezis. (1)

21 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Calder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR), HMS Bentinck (Cdr. E.H. Chavasse, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Burges (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR). (2)

22 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), RHS Tompazis, HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR). (3)

21 May 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Buttercup (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Hunter, RNR) and HNoMS Rose (Lt. L.R. Lund, RNorN). (4)

20 Aug 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR). (5)

23 Aug 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR). (5)

24 Aug 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR). (5)

28 Aug 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR). (5)

4 Sep 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR) and HNoMS Rose (Lt. P. Scott-Hansen, RNorN). (6)

6 Sep 1944
HMS Una (Lt. F.E. Ashmead-Bartlett, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR) and HNoMS Rose (Lt. P. Scott-Hansen, RNorN). (7)

15 Oct 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. W.A.M.J. Libert, RNR). Also practice attacks were made on HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18491
  2. ADM 173/18492
  3. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. File 2.12.03.6385 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. File 2.12.03.6373 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/19089
  7. ADM 173/19195
  8. ADM 173/19040

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


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