HMS Woodruff (K 53)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland)|
|Ordered||21 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||29 Apr 1940|
|Launched||28 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||7 Apr 1941|
HMS Woodruff is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List.
Sold in 1947 and became the merchantile Southern Lupin in 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Woodruff (K 53)
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|1||Lt. Richard Valentine Smith, RNR||17 Dec 1940||23 Apr 1941|
|2||T/Lt. Thomas Muir, RNVR||23 Apr 1941||28 Feb 1942|
|3||Lt. Francis Harden Gray, RNR||28 Feb 1942||mid 1943|
|4||T/Lt. Thomas Muir, RNVR||mid 1943||Sep 1944|
|5||Lt. William Kilvington Tadman, RNR||Sep 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Woodruff include:
8 Oct 1941
HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) and HMS Albatross (Capt. W.A. Dallmeyer, DSO, RN) departed Freetown to patrol in the mid-Atlantic between 06°N and 10°N and 28°W and 31°W. Two corvettes were sent along as escorts, these were HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR) and HMS Woodruff (T/Lt. T. Muir, RNVR). (1)
30 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN), HMS Woodruff (A/Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Freesia (T/Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (2)
21 May 1942
HMS Woodruff (A/Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR) scuttles the British tanker Montenol with gunfire. The Montenol was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-159 about 140 nautical miles east-south-east of Santa Maria, Azores in position 36°41'N, 22°45'W.
HMS Woodruff also picks up 5 survivors from the British merchant New Brunswick that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-159 about 140 nautical miles east-south-east of Santa Maria, Azores in position 36°53'N, 22°55'W.
27 Oct 1942
The British merchant Stentor is torpedoed and sunk north-west of the Canary Islands in position 29°13'N, 20°53'W by German U-boat U-509. 207 survivors were picked up by HMS Woodruff (A/Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR).
- ADM 53/113558 + ADM 53/114138 + ADM 199/395
- ADM 173/16988
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.