Allied Warships

HMS Vervain (K 190)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 190 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down16 Nov 1940 
Launched12 Mar 1941 
Commissioned9 Jun 1941 
Lost20 Feb 1945 
Loss position51° 47'N, 7° 06'W

On 20 February 1945 HMS Vervain (T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Alwyn Howell, RNVR) was torpedoed and sunk about 25 nautical miles south-east of Dungarvan, Ireland in position 51º47'N, 07º06'W, by the German submarine U-1276. 60 of the crew, including the commanding officer, were killed and 36 survivors were rescued.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 20 Feb 1945 by U-1276 (Wendt).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Vervain
Former nameHMS Broom

Commands listed for HMS Vervain (K 190)

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1Lt. Hugh Parker Crail, RNR21 Apr 1941mid 1943
2T/Lt. Robert Alwyn Howell, RNVRmid 194320 Feb 1945 (+)

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Notable events involving Vervain include:

10 Jun 1942
HMS Vervain (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR) picks up 8 survivors from the British merchant Ramsay that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 in the North Atlantic in position 51°53'N, 34°59'W.

18 Nov 1942
HMS Vervain (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR) picks up 52 men from the American merchant Yaka that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-624 south-south-east of Cape Farewell. The abandoned Yaka was finally torpedoed and sunk later that day by German U-boat U-522 in position 54°07'N, 38°26'W.

20 Mar 1943
HMS Vervain (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR) picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant Fort Lamy that was torpedoed and sunk on 8 March 1943 by German U-boat U-527 in the North Atlantic, south-east of Cape Farewell, in position 58°30'N, 31°00'W.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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