Allied Warships

HMS Sweetbriar (K 209)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 209 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered3 Aug 1940 
Laid down4 Apr 1941 
Launched26 Jun 1941 
Commissioned8 Sep 1941 
End service 

Sold on 29 July 1946.
Sold to Rosshavet in June 1949.
Towed to Fredrikstad for refitting to bouy-boat.
Completed as Star IX in December 1949.
Last season as whaler 1964/1965.
Sold to Belgian shipbreakers in April 1966 and towed to Brugge.


Commands listed for HMS Sweetbriar (K 209)

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1Lt. (retired) Jack Winston Cooper, RNR6 Aug 194114 Apr 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Edwards, RNVR14 Apr 19436 Nov 1943
3A/Lt.Cdr. William Whitfield, DSC, RNR6 Dec 19438 Jul 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Grenville Lewis, RNR8 Jul 194417 Mar 1945
5T/Lt. John Douglas Gordon Mitchell, RNVR17 Mar 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Sweetbriar include:

10 Dec 1941
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Sweetbriar (Lt.(Retd.) J.W. Cooper, RNR). (1)

13 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whitehall (Cdr. H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.W. Cooper, RNR) and HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN). (2)

21 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN), HMS Sweetbriar (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R. Edwards, RNVR), HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Holland, RD, RNR) and HMS Campanula (Lt. T.W. Lewis, DSC, RANVR). (3)

5 Nov 1943
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Columbine T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.J. Griffiths, RNR), HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. E.E.G. Boak, RCN), HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR) and HMS Sweetbriar (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R. Edwards, RNVR). (4)

12 Mar 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Whitfield, DSC, RNR), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN) and HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (5)

2 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Vanquisher (A/Lt.Cdr. F.M. Osborne, DSC, RANVR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Whitfield, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR). (6)

17 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Whitfield, DSC, RNR) and the 6th Escort Group. (7)

29 Sep 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Sweetbriar (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Lewis, RNR) and HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR). (8)


  1. ADM 199/400
  2. ADM 173/17827
  3. ADM 173/17927
  4. ADM 173/18231
  5. ADM 173/18493
  6. ADM 173/19337
  7. ADM 173/18473
  8. ADM 173/19039

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

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