Allied Warships

HMS Columbine (K 94)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 94 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Richardson, Westgarth & Clark 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down3 Nov 1939 
Launched13 Aug 1940 
Commissioned9 Nov 1940 
End service 

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

Sold on 9 August 1946.
Became the merchantile Leif Welding in 1949.
Scrapped at Grimstad in 1966.


Commands listed for HMS Columbine (K 94)

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1Lt. Louis Alan Sayers, RNROct 194010 Apr 1941
2T/S.Lt. Sydney John Lavis, RNR10 Apr 1941Feb 1942
3T/Lt. Alfred Laurence Turner, RNRFeb 194223 Mar 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Joseph Griffiths, RNR23 Mar 19439 Nov 1943
5T/Lt. John Coade Grose, RNR9 Nov 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Columbine include:

20 May 1941
HMS Columbine (T/Lt. S.J. Lavis, RNR) picks up survivors from the Dutch tanker Marisa that was sunk on 17 May 1941 east of Freetown in position 06°10'N, 18°09'W by German U-boat U-107.

22 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR), HMS Leamington (Lt. B.M.D. I'Anson, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR), HMS Columbine T/Lt. A.L. Turner, RNR) and HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, RN). (1)

26 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for exercises.

At 1800 hours the next day she joined HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) and FFS Curie (Lt. P.M. Sonneville) for passage North. They were escorted by HMS Columbine T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.J. Griffiths, RNR). (2)

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With A Flower Upon The Ocean

Edward T Wilkins
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  1. ADM 173/17201
  2. ADM 173/18003

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

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