Allied Warships

HMS Periwinkle (K 55)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 55 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down30 Oct 1939 
Launched24 Feb 1940 
Commissioned8 Apr 1940 
End service15 Mar 1942 
History

Ordered for French Navy but served in the Royal Navy as HMS Periwinkle.
Transferred to the USN on 15 March 1942 and commissioned as USS Restless on the same day.
Decommissioned by the USN at Chatham, England on 20 August 1945.
Returned to the RN on 26 August 1945.
Sold into merchantile service in 1947 as Perilock.
Scrapped at Hong Kong in 1953.

 
Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Restless.

Commands listed for HMS Periwinkle (K 55)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Henry Row, RNR14 Mar 194018 Sep 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Peter Graeme MacIver, RNR18 Sep 1940early 1942

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Notable events involving Periwinkle include:


25 Aug 1940
HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. H. Row, RNR) picks up 16 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Tuira that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat UA about 280 miles southwest of Rockall in position 54°46'N, 20°30'W.

9 Oct 1940
HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) picks up 31 survivors from the British merchant Confield that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-58 about 90 miles west of Barra Head in position 56°48'N, 10°17'W.

2 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-147 torpedoed and sank the Belgian merchant ship Mokambo in position 56°38'N 10°24'W. In the follow-up attack by the convoy escort the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) and the corvette HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RN) depth charged the U-147 to destruction.

26 Sep 1941
HMS Perwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British merchant Avoceta that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores in position 47°57'N, 24°05'W.

27 Sep 1941
HMS Perwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) picks up survivors from the British fighter catapult ship HMS Springbank that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-201 in convoy HG-73 north-north-east of the Azores in position 49°09'N, 20°10'W.


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