Allied Warships

FFL Renoncule (K 117)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Free French Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 117 
Built byWilliam Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down19 Jul 1940 
Launched25 Jun 1941 
Commissioned28 Jul 1941 
End service 1947 
History

Transferred to the free French Navy upon completion on 28 July 1941.
Returned to the Royal Navy in 1947 and sold to Salvesen in 1947 and refitted as bouy-boat Southern Lily at Smiths Dock, delivered in January 1948.
Last season was 1962/1963.
Laid up in Melsomvik until January 1967.
Towed to Brugge, Belgium for scrapping, arrived 9 January 1967.

 
Former nameHMS Ranonculus (K 117)

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Notable events involving Renoncule include:


12 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Cowdray (Lt.Cdr. C.W. North, RN), HMS Narcissus (Lt. W.G.H. Bolton, RNR) and FFS Renoncule. (1)

29 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.V. Gladstone, RN), HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN), HMS Narcissus (Lt. W.G.H. Bolton, RNR), HMS Heather (T/Lt. W.L. Turner, RNR) and FFS Renoncule. (2)

29 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Peake, RN), FFS Roselys, FFS Aconit, FFS Renoncule and HMS Keppel (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN). (3)

19 Jul 1943
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) departed Rothesay for Blyth where she was to refit. She was escorted until 1220/21 by the Free French corvette FFS Renoncule.

At 1220/21 the British ASW trawler HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (4)

23 Sep 1943
FFS Renoncule and HMCS Morden pick up survivors from the American merchant Steel Voyager that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-952 in the North Atlantic in position 53°18'N, 40°24'W.

22 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN), HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR), FFS Renoncule, FFS Aconit and FFS Roselys. (5)

23 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with FFS Renoncule, FFS Aconit, FFS Roselys, HMS Fowey (A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Newey, RNR) and ORP Burza (Lt.Cdr. F. Pitulko). (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17216
  2. ADM 173/17252
  3. ADM 173/17827
  4. ADM 173/18382
  5. ADM 173/18513

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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