Allied Warships

HMS Candytuft (i) (K 09)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 09 
Built byGrangemouth Dry Dock Co. (Grangemouth, Scotland): N.E. Marine 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down31 Oct 1939 
Launched8 Jul 1940 
Commissioned16 Oct 1940 
End service4 Mar 1942 

Acquired by the USN on 4 March 1942 at New York.
Commissioned in the USN after a refit on 11 June 1942.
Decommissioned at Harwich, England on 22 August 1945 and returned to the RN on 26 August 1945.
Stricken by the USN on 17 September 1945.
Sold on 9 July 1946.
Became merchant ship Maw Hwa in 1947.

Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Tenacity

Commands listed for HMS Candytuft (i) (K 09)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Frank Bentley Collinson, RD, RNR28 Aug 1940late 1941

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Notable events involving Candytuft (i) include:

5 Nov 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Candytuft (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR). (1)

29 Dec 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Holyhead with HMS Scarborough (Cdr. N.V. Dickinson, RN) and HMS Candytuft (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR). (2)

8 Jul 1941
HMS Candytuft (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Collinson, RNR, (retired)) picks up 7 survivors from the Icelandic merchant Hekla that was torpedoed and sunk on 29 June south of Cape Farewell in position 58°20'N, 43°00'W by German U-boat U-564.

9 Sep 1941
While in the North Atlantic, escorting convoy HX 148, HMS Candytuft (Lt.Cdr. F.B. Collinson, RNR (retired)) suffered a boiler explosion. 11 of the crew were killed in the incident. Candytuft was taken in tow. Repairs were completed at New York in February 1942. (3)


  1. ADM 173/16308
  2. ADM 173/16335
  3. Personal communication

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

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