HNoMS Acanthus (K 01)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Norwegian Navy|
|Built by||Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland)|
|Ordered||21 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||21 Dec 1939|
|Launched||26 May 1941|
|Commissioned||1 Oct 1941|
Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy and renamed Andenes. Sold to Union Whaling in 1956. Towed from Sandefjord to Glasgow, Scotland in June 1956 for convertion to whaler by A & J Inglis, Ltd. Renamed Colin Frye. Sold in 1957 to Taiyo Gyogyo KK,. Tokyo. Renamed Toshi Maru No.2. Scrapped in Japan in 1970.
Acanthus returned to Norway in May 1945. The next year the Norwegian Government purchased the vessel together with amongst others, the corvettes Buttercup and Eglantine. These ships were employed as fishery protection ships in Northern Norway and in the Barentz Sea as well as around Iceland. Like the other vessels in the Norwegian Navy she had KNM (HNoMS) added to her name in October 1946. She retained however her wartime pennant number K 01.
1950 she was reclassified as frigate and given pennant numer F 307.
|Former name||HMS Acanthus|
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Notable events involving Acanthus include:
3 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and later with HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HNoMS Acanthus. (1)
14 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN), HNoMS Rose, HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN), HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR), HNoMS Acanthus, USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN), HNoMS Potentilla and HNoMS Eglantine. (2)
This was Seraph's 9th war patrol. En-route to Gibraltar she was to perform a special operation off Huelva, Spain. Operation Mincemeat (offsite link).
For the daily positions of HMS Seraph during this patrol see the map below.
- File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1841
- ADM 173/17813
- ADM 173/18513
- ADM 173/19494
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.