Allied Warships

HMS Kingcup (K 33)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 33 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down19 Jul 1940 
Launched31 Oct 1940 
Commissioned30 Dec 1940 
End service 
History

HMS Kingcup is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold on 31 July 1946.
Became the merchantile Rubis in 1947.
Renamed Seislim in 1954.
Scrapped at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Holland in 1959.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kingcup (K 33)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Robert Arthur Dillon Cambridge, RNR30 Nov 19403 Jun 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Thomason Hodson, DSC, RNVR3 Jun 194321 Apr 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Edward Petre, RNR21 Apr 194425 Sep 1944
4T/Lt. Thomas Cooper, DSC, RNR25 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Kingcup include:


23 Feb 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR). (1)

29 Mar 1941
HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR) picks up two survivors from the Belgian merchant Limbourg that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by the German U-boat U-48 about 170 miles south of Reykjavik in position 61°18’N, 22°05’W.

22 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR). (2)

6 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR), HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) and HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (2)

30 Jun 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR). (3)

10 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (4)

1 Dec 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR). (5)

11 Dec 1941
HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) picks up 33 survivors from the British merchant Kirnwood and 56 survivors from the British merchant Kurdistan that were torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-130 west of Rockall in position 56°57'N, 16°35'W.

29 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), USS Bristol (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Wood, USN), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and FFS Roselys. (6)

30 May 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and HNoMS Potentilla. (7)

11 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Deveron (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR), HNoMS Rose (Lt. L.R. Lund, RNorN) and HMS Kingcup (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Hodson, DSC and Bar, RNVR). (8)

12 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Kingcup (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Hodson, DSC and Bar, RNVR), HMCS Amherst (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L. de la C. Audette, RCNVR), HNoMS Rose (Lt. L.R. Lund, RNorN) and aircraft. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16736
  2. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16761
  4. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/16796
  6. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/18350
  8. ADM 173/17813
  9. ADM 173/18492

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


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