Allied Warships

HMS Meadowsweet (K 144)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 144 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Richardson, Westgarth & Clark 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down12 Aug 1941 
Launched28 Mar 1942 
Commissioned8 Jul 1942 
End service 
History

Sold on 31 March 1951 and became the merchantile Gerrit W. Vinke.

 

Commands listed for HMS Meadowsweet (K 144)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Wesley Ernest Saunders, RNVR11 Aug 19426 Nov 1943
2T/Lt. Phillip Stephen Mawrey, RNR6 Nov 1943early 1944
3T/Lt. Wesley Ernest Saunders, RNVRearly 194410 Aug 1945
4T/Lt. Charles Greville Jackson, RNR10 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Meadowsweet include:


21 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR). (1)

22 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR). (1)

24 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR), HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), HMS Primrose (T/Lt. P.E. Kitto, RNR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR) and HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR). (1)

1 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR). (2)

7 Oct 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR) and aircraft. (3)

6 Apr 1945
HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) departed Fremantle for Colombo (later changed to Trincomalee). She made the passage together with the British corvette HMS Meadowsweet (T/Lt. W.E. Saunders, RNVR).

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


View MS Sirdar passage Fremantle - Portsmouth in a larger map (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17782
  2. ADM 173/17796
  3. ADM 173/17787
  4. ADM 173/19700

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


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