Allied Warships

HMS Coreopsis (K 32)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 32 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Kincaid 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down19 Sep 1939 
Launched23 Apr 1940 
Commissioned17 Aug 1940 
End service10 Nov 1943 
History

Served as RHN Kriezis from 10 November 1943.
Returned to the Royal Navy on 1 June 1952.
Sold to T. Young and scrapped in Sunderland on 22 July 1952.

 
Career notesTo the Royal Hellenic Navy as Kriezis

Commands listed for HMS Coreopsis (K 32)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Alan Holt Davies, RNVR17 Jul 1940early 1943
2T/Lt. Benjamin Charles Hamilton, RNRearly 194310 Nov 1943

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Notable events involving Coreopsis include:


In the 1953 film 'The Cruel Sea' HMS Compass Rose was played by ex-HMS Coreopsis. She was given pennant number K49 in the film which was the number of HMS Crocus (sometimes wrongly thought to have been used in the film).

The film was shot in 1952, upon completion of the shots the Coreopsis was sold for scrap. (1)

20 Oct 1940
HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) picks up 33 survivors from the British merchant La Estancia that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-47 in the North Atlantic, south of Iceland, in position 57°00'N, 17°00'W.

14 Mar 1941
At 1130 hours, HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN), left convoy HG 55 to join convoy OG 55. Pandora was escorted by HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).

Pandora and Coreopsis joined convoy OG 55 at 1930 hours. (2)

3 Apr 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) carries out an A/S exercise off Gibraltar with HMS Fleur de Lys (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Carter, RNR), and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).

Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 58 (8th war patrol).

For the daily positions of HrMs O 21 during this patrol see the map below.


HrMs O 21 8th war patrolclick here for bigger map (3)

24 Apr 1941
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) carries out an A/S exercise off Gibraltar with the British sloop HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and the British corvette HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).

Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 60 (10th war patrol for O 23).

For the daily positions of HrMs O 23 during this patrol see the map below.


Ver HrMs O 23 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (4)

11 Jun 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN), HMS Fleur de Lys (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Carter, RNR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) depart from convoy HG 64 to join convoy OG 64. (3)

12 Jun 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN), HMS Fleur de Lys (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Carter, RNR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) join convoy OG 64. (3)

13 Jul 1941
At 2145 hours, HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN), left convoy HG 67 escorted by the British corvettes HMS Joinquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RNR), HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. L.C. Head, RNVR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR). They joined convoy OG 67 early the next morning. (5)

16 Nov 1942
HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) picks up 169 survivors from the British merchant Clan Mactaggart that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-92 50 miles southwest of Cadiz in position 36°08'N, 07°23'W.

5 Mar 1943
HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR) picks up 12 survivors from the British merchant Fidra, 47 survivors from the British merchant Ger-y-Bryn and 44 survivors from the British merchant Trefusis that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-130 northwest of Lisbon, Portugal in position 43°50'N, 14°46'W.

15 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR). (6)

16 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) arrived at Lough Foyle. There she conducted A/S exercises with HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN), HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) and HMS Anchusa (T/Lt. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR). (7)

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 199/1832
  3. ADM 199/1880
  4. ADM 199/1879
  5. File 2.12.03.6438 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/17827
  7. ADM 173/17795

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


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