Allied Warships

HMS Nasturtium (K 107)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 107 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down23 Mar 1940 
Launched4 Jul 1940 
Commissioned26 Sep 1940 
End service 
History

Laid down as La Paimpolaise for the French Navy, but completed as HMS Nasturtium for the Royal Navy after France was invaded by Germany.

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

Sold in 1946.

 
Former nameLa Paimpolaise

Commands listed for HMS Nasturtium (K 107)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Castle Bartley, DSC, RNRmid 19405 Jun 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Ronald Clifford Freaker, RNR5 Jun 194129 Mar 1942
3Lt. Charles Donovan Smith, DSC, RNR29 Mar 194215 Sep 1943
4T/Lt. Maurice Murrowood Firth, RNVR15 Sep 19433 Dec 1943
5T/Lt. Wilfred Noel Bishop-Laggett, RNR3 Dec 19433 Mar 1945
6T/Lt. Laurie Brewton Payton, RNVR3 Mar 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Nasturtium include:


5 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (1)

7 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (1)

8 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Southern Shore (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR). (1)

13 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. J.F.C. Bartley, DSC, RNR) and HMS Salvia (Lt.Cdr. J.I. Miller, DSO, RD, RNR). (1)

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).

3 Nov 1941
HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RNR) picks up 46 survivors from the British merchant Everoja that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 80 nautical miles east of Belle Island, Newfoundland in position 52°18'N, 53°05'W.

8 Aug 1942
HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) picks up 14 survivors from the British merchant Anneberg that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-379 in the North Atlantic in position 56°30'N, 32°14'W.

10 Aug 1942
HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) picks up 24 survivors from the British merchant Cape Race that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-660 south of Iceland in position 56°45'N, 22°50'W.

HMS Nasturtium and HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Bridgman, RNR) together pick up 65 survivors from the British merchant Empire Reindeer that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-660 south of Iceland in position 57°00'N, 22°30'W.

HMS Dianthus and HMS Nasturtium together pick up 39 survivors from the British merchant Oregon that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-660 south of Iceland in position 57°05'N, 22°41'W.

23 Sep 1942
HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) picks up 7 survivors from the British tanker Athelsultan that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-617 in the North Atlantic South-East of Cape Farewell in position 58°42'N, 33°38'W.

Nasturtium also picks up 12 survivors from the British merchant Tennessee that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-617 in the North Atlantic southeast of Cape Farewell in position 58°40'N, 33°41'W.

30 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR). (2)

1 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hurricane (Cdr. E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RD, RNR), HMCS Restigouche (A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Groos, RCN), HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR), HMCS Collingwood (T/Lt. R.J.C. Pringle, RCNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of H 28]. (3)

25 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Woodstock (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR). (4)

26 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR) and HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR). (5)

24 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RN), HMS Nasturtium (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR) and HMS Abelia (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR). (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16333
  2. ADM 173/17925
  3. ADM 173/17772
  4. ADM 173/18492
  5. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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