Allied Warships

HMS Clarkia (K 88)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 88 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down30 Oct 1939 
Launched7 Mar 1940 
Commissioned22 Apr 1940 
End service 
History

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

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 30 July 1947.
Scrapped at Hayle in August 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Clarkia (K 88)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Frederick John Gwynn Jones, RNR4 Apr 194030 Aug 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Stanley Darling, RANVR30 Aug 194212 Oct 1943
3A/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Oswald Williams, RNR12 Oct 19437 Mar 1945
4Lt. Timothy Walter Beamish Pollock Hamilton, RNR7 Mar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Clarkia include:


26 Jul 1940
HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) picks up 45 survivors from the British passenger ship Accra that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-34 about 320 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 16°28'W.

HMS Clarkia also picks up 32 survivors from the British merchant Vinemoor that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-34 about 320 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°43'N, 16°25'W. The Vinemoor sank the next day in position 55°25'N, 16°05'W.

12 Oct 1940
HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) picks up 16 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Brandanger that was torpedoed and sunk, the previous day, south of Iceland in position 57°10'N, 17°42'W by German U-boat U-48.

30 Nov 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) and HMS Heliotrope (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, RNR). (1)

21 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted until 0805 hours by HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) after which HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) took over the escort. (2)

3 Feb 1941
The British merchant Empire Citizen is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-107 southwest of Iceland in position 58°12'N, 23°22'W. HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) later picks up 5 survivors.

30 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR). (3)

1 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Newmarket (Lt.Cdr. G.B. O'Brien Harding, RN) and HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR). (3)

15 Mar 1942
HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) picks up 4 survivors from the British tanker British Resource that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 north of Bermuda in position 36°04'N, 65°38'W.

21 May 1942
HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) picks up 18 survivors from the Canadian merchant Troisdoc that was shelled and sunk by German U-boat U-558 about 55 miles west of Jamaica in position 18°15'N, 79°20'W.

19 Aug 1942
HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker British Consul that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-564 85 nautical miles north-west of Boca Grande, Trinidad in position 11°58'N, 62°38'W.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16290
  2. ADM 173/16291
  3. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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