Allied Warships

HMS Stonecrop (K 142)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 142 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down4 Feb 1941 
Launched12 May 1941 
Commissioned30 Jul 1941 
End service 

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

Sold on 17 May 1947.
Became the merchantile Silver King in 1949.
Renamed Martha Vinke in 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Stonecrop (K 142)

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1Lt. Jeffry Vanstone Brock, RCNVRJun 194131 Aug 1942
2Lt.Cdr. John Patrick Smythe, RNR31 Aug 19423 Oct 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Sir Joseph Herbert Spence Fayrer, DSC, RNVR3 Oct 1943early 1944
4T/Lt. Philip Norman Frederick Appleyard, RNVRearly 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Stonecrop include:

2 Apr 1943
German U-boat U-124 was sunk west of Oporto, in position 41°02'N, 15°39'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr. R.C.V. Thomson, RN).

30 Aug 1943
German U-boat U-634 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of the Azores, in position 40°13'N, 19°24'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. G.W.E. Castens, (retired), RN) and the British corvette HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR).

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