HMS Buttercup (K 193)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||8 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||17 Dec 1940|
|Launched||10 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||24 Apr 1942|
|End service||20 Dec 1944|
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 notes||To the Royal Norwegian Navy as Buttercup|
Commands listed for HMS Buttercup (K 193)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. James Crosbie Dawson, RNR||15 Jan 1942||23 Mar 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Rernegius Julianus Jonckheere, RNR||23 Mar 1943||26 Mar 1944|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Hunter, RNR||26 Mar 1944||mid 1944|
|4||T/Lt. Willy Alexander Marie Joseph Libert, RNR||mid 1944||20 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. (2)
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). (3)
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). (4)
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). (9)
- ADM 173/18250
- ADM 173/18491
- ADM 173/18492
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6385 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6373 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19089
- ADM 173/19195
- ADM 173/19040
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.