Allied Warships

HMS Cowslip (K 196)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 196 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down16 Jan 1941 
Launched28 May 1941 
Commissioned9 Aug 1941 
End service 

Sold in July 1948.
Scrapped at Troon in April 1949.


Commands listed for HMS Cowslip (K 196)

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1Lt. Frederick Granger, RNR21 Jun 19419 Oct 1943
2T/Lt. Ralph Thompson, RNR9 Oct 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Cowslip include:

30 Sep 1942
The British merchant Empire Avocet is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-125 about 300 nautical miles southwest of Freetown in position 04°05'N, 13°23'W. HMS Cowslip (Lt. F. Granger, RNR) later picks up 24 survivors.

30 Oct 1942
German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), after being located by a British Vickers Wellesley aircraft (47 Sqn RAF/F).

4 Jul 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted exercises off Tobermory with HMS Launceston Castle (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR) and HMS Cowslip (T/Lt. R. Thompson, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/19225

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

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