Allied Warships

HMS Celandine (K 75)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 75 
Built byGrangemouth Dry Dock Co. (Grangemouth, Scotland): N.E. Marine 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down30 Apr 1940 
Launched28 Dec 1940 
Commissioned30 Apr 1941 
End service 

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

Sold to J. Lee for scrapping at Portaferry in October 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Celandine (K 75)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Aislabie Harrison, RNR21 Mar 19418 Mar 1942
2Lt. Patrick Varwell Collings, RNR8 Mar 194221 Nov 1943
3Lt. William Eldon Warwick, RNR21 Nov 194321 Sep 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Dennis Charles Hayes, RNVR21 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Celandine include:

27 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-556 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland, in position 60°24'N, 29°00'W, by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, RNR), HMS Celandine (Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR) and HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSO, DSC, RNR).

10 Sep 1942
HMS Celandine (Lt. P.V. Collings, RNR) picks up 44 survivors from the Belgian merchant Elisabeth van Belgie that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 in the convoy ON-127 in the North Atlantic.

14 Sep 1942
HMS Celandine (Lt. P.V. Collings, RNR) picks up 49 survivors from HMCS Ottawa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-91 north-east of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

25 Nov 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR) and HMS Celandine (Lt. W.E. Warwick, RNR). (1)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with HMS Celandine (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.C. Hayes, RNVR) and HMS Barbados (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G. Donald, RNVR). (2)

2 Feb 1945
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted special A/S trials off Loch Alsh with HMS Celandine (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.C. Hayes, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/18096
  2. ADM 173/20257
  3. ADM 173/19626

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

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