Allied Warships

HMS Cyclamen (K 83)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 83 
Built byJ. Lewis & Sons Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down30 Nov 1939 
Launched20 Jun 1940 
Commissioned30 Sep 1940 
End service 

HMS Cyclamen is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List.

Sold in 1947.
Became the merchantile Southern Briar in 1948.
Sold in 1949 to Salvesen, Norway.
Refitted to whaler at Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd.
. Last season 1962/1963.
Laid up in Melsomvik.
Sold in 1966 to breakers in Belgium.
Wrecked at Thorsminde, Jylland, Denmark after towing-wire broke.



Commands listed for HMS Cyclamen (K 83)

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1Lt. Hamish Napier Lawson, RNR16 Sep 19403 Aug 1943
2T/Lt. William Swire Joliffe, RNR3 Aug 194315 Feb 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Archibald Henry Frogbrook, RNR15 Feb 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Cyclamen include:

8 Jun 1941
HMS Cyclamen (Lt. H.N. Lawson, RNR) picks up 415 survivors from the British passenger ship Adda that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-107 82 nautical miles west-south-west of Freetown in position 08°30'N, 14°39'W.

27 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for a few days of exercises together with the destroyer HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN), the corvettes HMS Armeria (T/Lt. H.N. Russell, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (Lt. H.N. Lawson, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), the A/S trawlers HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR), HMS Morris Dance (Lt. A. Bruce, RCNVR) and several ML's. (1)

12 Sep 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Magpie (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN), HMS Odzani (Lt.Cdr. L.A. Sayers, RNR), HMS Onyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR) and HMS Cyclamen (T/Lt. W.S. Joliffe, RNR). (2)

9 Apr 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cyclamen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Frogbrook, RNR) until 2315/11 when she parted company in position 43°00'N, 13°22'W.

For the daily positions of HMS Sibyl during this passage see the map below.

HMS Sibyl passage Gibraltar - Holy Loch click here for bigger map (3)


  1. ADM 173/16987
  2. ADM 173/17928
  3. ADM 199/1875

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

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