Allied Warships

HMS Starwort (K 20)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 20 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Kincaid 
Ordered21 Sep 1939 
Laid down11 Jun 1940 
Launched12 Feb 1941 
Commissioned26 May 1941 
End service 
History

HMS Starwort is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold in 1948 to Salvesen, Norway. Refitted in 1949 as whaler at James Jamont & Co. Ltd. Renamed Southern Broom. Suffered engine damage in April 1960, towed from Cape Town by Southern Main for repairs to Smith's Dock. Laid up in Melsomvik from May 1963 to January 1967. Sold to breakers in Belgium. Arrived Brügge under tow on 9 January 1967.

 

Commands listed for HMS Starwort (K 20)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Norman Winder Duck, RD, RNR22 Mar 19416 Aug 1942
2Lt. Arthur Horace Kent, RNR6 Aug 194210 Aug 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Michael Fitzmaurice Villiers-Stuart, RNVR10 Aug 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Starwort include:


3 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN), HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN), HMS Starwort (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, RD, RNR) and two ML's. (1)

7 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN), HMS Starwort (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, RD, RNR) and two ML's. (1)

12 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-660 was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Oran, in position 36°07'N, 01°00'W, by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RNR) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR).

15 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR), HMS Wedgeport (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.L. Fetherstonhaugh, RNR) and HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RD, RNR). (2)

2 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Poppy (Lt. N.K. Boyd, RNR) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR). (3)

5 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Collingwood (Lt. D.W. Groos, RCN), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR), HMS Churchill (Cdr.(Retd.) P.J. Fitzgerald, RN), HMCS Amherst (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L. de la C. Audette, RCNVR), HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) T.S.L. Fox-Pitt, RN) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR). (4)

6 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Poppy (Lt. N.K. Boyd, RNR) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR). (3)

25 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, DSC, RNR) and HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, DSC, RN). (5)

26 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Poppy (T/Lt. D.R.C. Onslow, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, DSC, RNR), HMS Moyola (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RD, RNR) and HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, DSC, RN). (5)

27 May 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Poppy (T/Lt. D.R.C. Onslow, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, DSC, RNR), HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR) and HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, DSC, RN). (6)

14 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR), HMS Geranium (T/Lt. G. Wallace, RNR), HMS Londonderry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Louis (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and HMS Petunia (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR). (7)

15 Oct 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Starwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. M.F. Villiers-Stuart, RNVR). (8)

16 Oct 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Starwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. M.F. Villiers-Stuart, RNVR). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 50 proceeded to Rothesay. (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16988
  2. ADM 173/17790
  3. ADM 173/17827
  4. ADM 173/17793
  5. ADM 173/17782
  6. ADM 173/18350
  7. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 173/18533

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


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