Allied Warships

HMS Samphire (K 128)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 128 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down4 Dec 1940 
Launched14 Apr 1941 
Commissioned30 Jun 1941 
Lost30 Jan 1943 
Loss position36° 56'N, 5° 40'E

HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. Frederick Thomas Renny, DSC, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk off Bougie, Algeria, in position 36º56'N, 05º40'E while escorting convoy TE-14, by the Italian submarine Platino (Lt.Cdr. Patrelli Campagnano).


Commands listed for HMS Samphire (K 128)

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1Lt.Cdr. Frederick Thomas Renny, DSC, RNR27 May 194130 Jan 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Samphire include:

19 Dec 1941
The British merchant Ruckinge is torpedoed and damaged west of Lisbon, Portugal in position 38°20'N, 17°15'W by German U-boat U-108. HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR) later sank the damaged ship with gunfire.

14 Dec 1942
The British merchant Edencrag is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-443 west of Algiers in position 35?49'N, 01?25'W. HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR) later picks up 9 survivors.

30 Jan 1943
HMS Zetland (Lt. J.V. Wilkinson, RN) part of the same convoy escort as HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR) arrived back at the scene of the sinking after an asdic search for the submarine of about 20 minutes. They found men in the water, shouting and screaming. Zetland launched a boat but picked up only four survivors from HMS Samphire who were landed at Bone. (1)


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