Allied Warships

HMS Anemone (K 48)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 48 
Built byBlyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Clark 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down26 Oct 1939 
Launched22 Apr 1940 
Commissioned12 Aug 1940 
End service 
History

HMS Anemone is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold in November 1949 to Pelagos and refitted as bouy-boat at Marinens Hovedverft, Horten, Norway.
Delivered on 3 October 1950 as Pelkan.
Refitted to whaler in 1951 at Howaldtswerke, Kiel.
Last season was 1961/1962, then laid up.
Sold in December 1963 to Østfold Skipsopphugning, Greåker, renamed and renamed Østfold.
Scrapped on 1 November 1964.

 

Commands listed for HMS Anemone (K 48)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Humphry Gilbert Boys-Smith, RNR20 Jun 194025 Feb 1942
2Lt. Robert Atkinson, DSC, RNR25 Feb 194222 Jul 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Patrick George Alexander King, RD, RNR22 Jul 19421 Jul 1943
4Lt. Joseph Benjamin Sparkes, RNR1 Jul 1943Mar 1945
5Lt. Ronald Stewart Mackay, RNR1 Mar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Anemone include:


26 Aug 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO, RNR). (1)

17 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO, RNR). (2)

7 Jan 1941
The Italian submarine Nani (offsite link) was sunk south off Iceland in position 60°15'N, 15°27'W by the British corvette HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO, RNR).

12 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO, RNR) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (3)

5 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR) and HMS Vizalma (T/A/Lt. J.R. Anglebeck, RNVR). (4)

19 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Montgomery (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) W.L. Puxley, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR). (5)

12 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Badsworth (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Townsend, DSC and Bar, OBE, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RD, RNR). (6)

11 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Georgetown (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) and HMS Anemone (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR). (7)

4 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN) and HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR). (8)

5 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN), HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Parrsboro (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.C.L. Gaussen, RNVR) and HMS Wedgeport (T/Lt. G.L. Fetherstonhaugh, RNR). (8)

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). (9)

18 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RD, RNR), HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, RN) and two other vessels [unable to read these names in the log of HMS H 43]. (9)

22 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Stork (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel), HMS Inkpen (T/Lt. H. Vernon, RNR) and aircraft. (9)

23 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel), HMS Inkpen (T/Lt. H. Vernon, RNR), HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN) and HMS Birdlip. (9)

24 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel), HMCS Chambly (T/Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR) and HMCS Eyebright (Lt. H.C.R. Davis, RCNR). (10)

25 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN), ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel) and HMCS Eyebright (Lt. H.C.R. Davis, RCNR). (10)

1 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RD, RNR), HMS Abelia (T/Lt. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Asphodel (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR). (11)

17 Mar 1943
HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RNR) picks up 94 men from the British merchant Nariva that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-600 in the North Atlantic southeast of Cape Farewell. HMS Anemone tried to scuttle the Nariva with gunfire but failed to do so. The wreck of the Nariva was finally sunk a few hours later by German U-boat U-91 in position 50°34'N, 35°02'W.

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 south-east of Cape Farewell in position 53°24'N, 28°34'W.

15 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RNR), HMS Rother (Lt. J.B. Sparkes, RNR) and HMS Spey (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR). (12)

16 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RNR) and HMS Polyanthus (T/Lt. J.G. Aitken, RNR). (12)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16291
  3. ADM 173/16780
  4. ADM 173/16742
  5. ADM 173/16793
  6. ADM 173/16795
  7. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 173/17216
  9. ADM 173/17253
  10. ADM 173/17217
  11. ADM 173/17244
  12. ADM 173/17786

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


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