Allied Warships

HMS Godetia (ii) (K 226)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 226 
Built byJohn Crown & Sons Ltd. (Sunderland, U.K.) : Clark 
Ordered24 Aug 1940 
Laid down15 Jan 1941 
Launched24 Sep 1941 
Commissioned23 Feb 1942 
End service 

Name changed from HMS Dart prior to commissioning.

She was crewed by Belgian sailors for the duration of the Second World War.

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

Sold on 22 May 1947 and scrapped at Grays.

Former nameHMS Dart

Commands listed for HMS Godetia (ii) (K 226)

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1Lt. Charles Donovan Smith, DSC, RNR6 Jan 194214 Mar 1942
2Lt. Alan Henry Pierce, OBE, RNR14 Mar 1942early 1943
3T/Lt. Maurice Albert Francois Larose, RNRearly 19435 Jan 1945
4Lt. Richard Harwin Nossiter, DSC, RANVR5 Jan 194527 Apr 1945
5T/Lt. Brian Trevena Coulton, RNVR27 Apr 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Godetia (ii) include:

11 Jan 1943
HMS Godetia (Lt. A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR) picks up 16 survivors from the British tanker British Dominion that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-522 northwest of the Canary Islands in position 30°30'N, 19°55'W.

16 Mar 1943
On this date HMS Godetia (Lt. M.A.F. Larose, RNR) rescued the crew of the British minesweeping trawler HMS Campobello after this ship suffered from severe leaks as a result of earlier damage when she ran into ice. HMS Campobello was beyond salvage and her crew (35 men) was taken off by the corvette HMS Godetia. Godetia finally sank Campobello with shallow set depth charges.

18 Mar 1943
HMS Godetia (Lt. M.A.F. Larose, RNR) picks up 110 survivors from the British merchants Port Auckland and merchants Zouave that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-305 in the North Atlantic in position 52°25'N, 30°15'W.

2 May 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She made the passage together with HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).

At 1540/3 Taku parted company with Voracious and Sardonyx and continued her passage to Blyth but now escorted by HMS Godetia (T/Lt. M.A.F. Larose, RNR). (1)

26 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Loch Quoich (Lt.Cdr. G. MacClelland, DSC, RN), HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR), HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR) and HMS Godetia (Lt. R.H. Nossiter, DSC, RANVR). (2)

3 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Jewel (???) and HMS Godetia (Lt. R.H. Nossiter, DSC, RANVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/18922
  2. ADM 173/20149
  3. ADM 173/20150

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

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