Allied Warships

HMS Dianthus (K 95)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 95 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.): Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down31 Oct 1939 
Launched9 Jul 1940 
Commissioned17 Mar 1941 
End service 
History

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

Sold in May 1947.
Sold to Odd, Norway in June 1949 and renamed Thorslep.
Towed by Hawk from Milford Haven to Sandefjord in July 1949.
Refitted as bouy-boat at Framnæs Mek.V., Sandefjord.
First season as whaler 1949/1950.
Rebuildt at Smith's Dock from 5 November 1951.
A new (diesel) engine was installed at Framnæs Mek.V. in 1953.
Last season as whaler 1966/1967.
Sold to breakers in Grimstad June 1969.

 

Commands listed for HMS Dianthus (K 95)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clement Edward Bridgman, RNR20 Jan 19416 Nov 1942
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Neil Frederick Israel, RNR6 Nov 194231 Aug 1943
3A/Lt.Cdr. Bernard John Bowick, RNVR31 Aug 19435 Mar 1945
4T/Lt. James Branthwaithe Lyle, RNR5 Mar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Dianthus include:


21 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN), HMCS Fennel (T/Lt. J.M. Gillison, RCNR), HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, RNR), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. J.C. Littler, RCNR) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RNR). (1)

22 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hartland (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Billot, RNR), HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, RNR), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RNR), HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. S.G. Rivers-Smith, RN). (1)

10 Jun 1942
HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Bridgman, RNR) picks up 32 survivors from the British merchant Empire Clough that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 in the North Atlantic in position 51°50'N, 35°00'W.

8 Aug 1942
German U-boat U-379 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 57°11'N, 30°57'W, by ramming and depth charges from the British corvette HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Bridgman, RNR).

10 Aug 1942
HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Bridgman, RNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Cape Race that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-660 south of Iceland in position 56°45'N, 22°50'W.

HMS Dianthus and HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) together pick up 65 survivors from the British merchant Empire Reindeer that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-660 south of Iceland in position 57°00'N, 22°30'W.

HMS Dianthus and HMS Nasturtium together pick up 39 survivors from the British merchant Oregon that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-660 south of Iceland in position 57°05'N, 22°41'W.

24 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR). (2)

22 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-225 was sunk north of the Azores in position 48°37'N, 30°35'W by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR).

23 Feb 1943
HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) picks up 34 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Glittre that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 47°00'N, 36°20'W by German U-boat U-603.

23 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Mallow (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.T.S. Clouston, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR), HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR), HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) and USS Spencer. (3)

9 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN), HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR), HMCS Arvida (T/Lt. D.G. King, RCNVR), HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR). (4)

14 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR), HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) and HMS Egret. (5)

8 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dianthus (A/Lt.Cdr. B.J. Bowick, RNVR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17248
  2. ADM 173/17244
  3. ADM 173/17756
  4. ADM 173/17783
  5. ADM 173/17772
  6. ADM 173/17788

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


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