Allied Warships

FFL Roselys (K 57)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Free French Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 57 
Built byJ. Lewis & Sons Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Sep 1939 
Laid down4 Nov 1940 
Launched28 May 1941 
Commissioned19 Sep 1941 
End service 1947 
History

On loan from the Royal Navy since 19 September 1941.
Returned to the Royal Navy in 1947.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 October 1947.
Scrapped at Troon in May 1948.

 
Former nameHMS Sundew

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Notable events involving Roselys include:


11 Oct 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Visenda (T/Lt. S.F. Archer, RNR), HMCS Moosejaw (Lt. F.E. Grubb, RCN) and FFS Roselys (1)

29 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), USS Bristol (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Wood, USN), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and FFS Roselys. (2)

27 Dec 1942
During 27/28 December 1942, HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with FFS Roselys, FFS Aconit and FFS Lobelia. These exercises included night exercises. (3)

10 Mar 1943
Roselys picks up 81 survivors from the British merchant British merchant Tucurinca that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-221 southeast of Cape Farewell in position 51°00'N, 30°10'W.

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). (4)

30 Apr 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Londonderry.

En-route A/S exercises had been carried out with HMS Keppel (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN) and FFS Roselys had taken over escort of Upstart upon completion of these exercises. (5)

5 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Towy (Cdr. M.J Evans, OBE, RN), FFS Roselys, ORP Burza (Cdr. F. Pitulko, ORP), HMS Narcissus (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, RNVR). (6)

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. (7)

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). (7)

14 May 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with FFS Roselys and HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR). (8)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/17268
  4. ADM 173/17827
  5. ADM 173/18372
  6. ADM 173/17777
  7. ADM 173/18513
  8. File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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