HMS Hydrangea (K 39)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Ferguson Shipbuilders. Ltd. (Port Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||31 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||22 Nov 1939|
|Launched||4 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||3 Jan 1941|
HMS Hydrangea is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Sold in 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Hydrangea (K 39)
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|1||Lt. Joseph Eric Woolfenden, RNR||Oct 1940||1 May 1943|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Standen Howell, RNR||1 May 1943||14 Feb 1944|
|3||T/Lt. Trevor Davies Bennett, RNR||14 Feb 1944||late 1944|
|4||T/Lt. Edwin Charles Leaver, RNR||Dec 1944||4 Jan 1945|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Sydney Warren Hicks, RNZNVR||4 Jan 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Hydrangea include:
14 Feb 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay together with the Norwegian submarine B 1. They were escorted by the corvette HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR). (1)
5 Aug 1941
HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Cape Rodney that foundered west of Ushant in position 52°44'N, 11°41'W after being torpedoed and damaged west of Ireland in position 53°26'N, 15°40'W by German U-boat U-75.
Hydrangea also picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Harlingen that was torpedoed and sunk by U-75 in the same attack.
12 Dec 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Hydrangea (A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR), FFS Commandant Drogou, HMS Viviana (Skr. R. Trueman, RNR) and HMS Northern Isles (T/Lt. J.M. Baldry, RNVR). (3)
24 Dec 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Holcombe (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Pinchin, DSC, RN), HMS Hydrangea (A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR) and HMS ML 289 (T/Lt. S.E. Slater, RNVR). (3)
- ADM 173/16714
- ADM 173/16790
- ADM 173/17529
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.