Allied Warships

HMS Monkshood (K 207)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 207 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Ordered28 Jun 1940 
Laid down1 Oct 1940 
Launched17 Apr 1941 
Commissioned31 Jul 1941 
End service 
History

Sold in 1947.
Became the merchantile W.R. Strang in 1948.
Sold 1948 to Union Whaling.
Refitted as bouy-boat.
Later refitted as whaler.
Sold in 1957 to Taiyo Gyogyo KK, Tokyo and renamed Toshi Maru.
Diesel engines were installed in 1957.
Scrapped in Japan in 1965.

 

Commands listed for HMS Monkshood (K 207)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. James Edward Rickards Wilford, RNR27 May 1941mid 1942
2Lt. Geoffrey William McGuiness, RNRmid 194218 Sep 1944
3T/Lt. Oswald Richard Dudley Stephen, SANF(V)18 Sep 1944Jun 1945
4Lt. Frederick Howard Layte, RNRJun 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Monkshood include:


11 Aug 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), FFS Lobelia, HMS Stonecrop (A/Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR) and HMS Kingston Agate (Lt. H.O. L’Estrange, RNR). (1)

2 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Arctic Explorer (T/Lt. C. Pawley, RNVR). (2)

18 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN). (3)

19 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN) and HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR). (3)

13 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Monkshood. (4)

18 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), USS Gleaves, USS Mayo, USS Niblack and USS Benson. (4)

19 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Monkshood. (5)

26 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anchusa (A/Lt.Cdr. D.M. Gibb, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR) and HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR). (6)

3 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Burnham (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN), HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN), HMS Leamington (Lt. C.G.deL. Bush, RN), HMCS Prescott (Lt. W. McIsaac, RCNVR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR). (7)

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). (8)

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). (8)

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). (8)

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). (9)

17 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Pride (T/Lt. A.L.F. Bell, RNR), HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Hurricane (Cdr. E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN), HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR). (10)

21 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt. C.T. Shuttleworth, RNVR). (11)

15 Jul 1944
The British merchant Tanda is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-181 northwest of Mangalore in the Arabian Sea in position 13°22'N, 74°09'E. HMIS Bihar (T/Lt. W.L. Deeble, DSC, RINR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuinness, RNR) together pick up 197 survivors.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/17201
  4. ADM 173/17252
  5. ADM 173/17216
  6. ADM 173/17217
  7. ADM 173/17244
  8. ADM 173/17782
  9. ADM 173/17796
  10. ADM 173/17773
  11. ADM 173/17777

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


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