HMS Vervain (K 190)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||8 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||16 Nov 1940|
|Launched||12 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||9 Jun 1941|
|Lost||20 Feb 1945|
|Loss position||51° 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
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Vervain|
|Former name||HMS Broom|
Commands listed for HMS Vervain (K 190)
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|1||Lt. Hugh Parker Crail, RNR||21 Apr 1941||mid 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Robert Alwyn Howell, RNVR||mid 1943||20 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.
2 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Vervain (T/Lt. R.A. Howell, RNVR), HMS Rosebay (Lt. R.J. Tadhunter, RNR) and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN). (2)
3 Nov 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN), HMS Vervain (T/Lt. R.A. Howell, RNVR) and HMS Rosebay (Lt. R.J. Tadhunter, RNR). (2)
- ADM 173/17255
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.