Allied Warships

HMS Pennywort (K 111)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 111 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Kincaid 
Ordered12 Dec 1939 
Laid down11 Mar 1941 
Launched18 Oct 1941 
Commissioned5 Mar 1942 
End service 
History

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

Sold in 1947.
Scrapped at Troon in February 1949.

 

Commands listed for HMS Pennywort (K 111)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. George Charles Wilson Meldrum, RD, RNRJan 194220 Mar 1942
2T/Lt. Richard Albert Mason, RNVR20 Mar 194211 Feb 1943
3Lt. Orme Gordon Stuart, RCNVR11 Feb 1943

4T/Lt. Albert William James, RNR20 Dec 194319 Aug 1944
5T/Lt. William Percival Hart, RNR19 Aug 194410 Dec 1944
6T/Lt. Jack Charles Edwin Down, RNR10 Dec 1944Apr 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Pennywort include:


1 Apr 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (1)

29 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN), USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (2)

11 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Zetland (Lt. J.V. Wilkinson, RN) and HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (3)

12 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR), HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR), HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR) and HMS Dunkery (T/Lt. S.M. Booker, RNVR). (3)

6 Feb 1943
HMS P 31 (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. The passage North through the Minches was made together with HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bach Kolling, RNN(R)). They were escorted by HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (4)

11 Feb 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS P 53 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, RN). They were escorted by HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (5)

17 Mar 1943
HMS Pennyworth (Lt. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) picks up 30 men from the American merchant James Oglethorpe that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-758 in the North Atlantic in position 50°38'N, 34°46'W.
The James Oglethorpe (with 30 men still on board) tried to reach St. John's Canada, but was never seen again.

HMS Pennywort also picks up 40 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Elin K. that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day in position 50°38'N, 34°46'W by German U-boat U-603.

18 Mar 1943
HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RNR) and HMS Pennywort (Lt. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) together pick up 54 survivors from the British merchant Canadian Star that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-221 southeast of Cape Farewell in position 53°24'N, 28°34'W.

19 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR), HMS Pennyworth (Lt. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR). (6)

27 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Pennywort (Lt. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) and HMS Clover (Lt. P.H. Grieves, RNR). (7)

5 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H. Lambton, RN), HMS Pennywort (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) and HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR). (8)

16 Oct 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wild Goose (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN), HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Ettrick (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR), HMS Pennywort (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) and HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN). (9)

22 Feb 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR), HMS Wye (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Powys-Smith, RNR), HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. A.W. James, RNR). (10)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR), HMS Wye (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Powys-Smith, RNR), HMS Gorleston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.A.E. Leonard, RNZNVR) and HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. A.W. James, RNR). (10)

27 Feb 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR), HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. A.W. James, RNR), HMS Quadrille (T/Lt. G.A. Peat, RNVR) and HMS Kilbride (Lt. H.O. L’Estrange, DSC, RNR). (10)

28 Feb 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Gorleston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.A.E. Leonard, RNZNVR), HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. A.W. James, RNR), HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR) and HMS Wye (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Powys-Smith, RNR). (10)

19 Mar 1944
HMS Unison (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR) departed Rothesay for Blyth. She made the passage north through the Minches together with HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. A.W. James, RNR). (11)

4 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. A.W. James, RNR), HMS Wanderer, HMS Drury (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN), HMS Calder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR) and HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN). (12)

25 Aug 1944
HMS Pennywort (T/Lt. W.P. Hart, RNR) and HMS Damsay together pick up 59 survivors from the British merchant Orminster that was torpedoed and sunk by the Germans submarine U-480 in the English Channel about 35 nautical miles north-west of Cap d?Antifer in position 50°09'N, 00°44'W.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17201
  3. ADM 173/17253
  4. ADM 173/17897
  5. ADM 199/627
  6. ADM 173/17925
  7. ADM 173/17772
  8. ADM 173/17786
  9. ADM 173/17833
  10. ADM 173/19325
  11. ADM 173/19214
  12. ADM 173/18473

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


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