Allied Warships

HMS Veronica (K 37)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 37 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down9 Jul 1940 
Launched17 Oct 1940 
Commissioned18 Feb 1941 
End service16 Feb 1942 

Ordered for French Navy but taken over with the fall of France.
Transferred to the USN on 16 February 1942.
Commissioned in the USN on 21 March 1942.
Decomissioned by the USN on 20 August 1945.
Returned to the RN on 26 August 1945.
Sold to merchantile service and renamed Verolock in 1946. Verolock sank in 1947.
Raised and scrapped at Blyth, UK in 1951.

Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Temptress

Commands listed for HMS Veronica (K 37)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Duncan Frederick White, RNRMay 1941early 1942

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Notable events involving Veronica include:

23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (1)

8 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Burnham (Cdr. J. Bostock, DSC, RN), HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. H.M.R. Crichton, RN), HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR), HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR) and HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) D.F. White, RNR). (1)

31 May 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) D.F. White, RNR) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR). (2)

17 Oct 1941
HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. D.F. White, RNR (retired)) picks up 21 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Rym that was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 57°01'N, 24°20'W by German U-boat U-558.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16760

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

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