Allied Warships

FFL Lobelia (K 05)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Free French Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 05 
Built byAlexander Hall & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down27 Jun 1940 
Launched15 Feb 1941 
Commissioned16 Jul 1941 
End service 
History

Served as the Free French corvette Lobelia (name not changed from 1941). Returned to the Royal Navy in April 1947.

Sold to Norway on 3 May 1947 for conversion to trader, but sold on to Bryde & Dahl in July 1948. Refitted as bouy-boat, renamed Thorgeir. Last season as whaler was 1966/1967. Laid up in Sandefjord from May 1967 to June 1969 when sold to Norsk Skipsopphugning, Grimstad for breaking up.

 
Former nameHMS Lobelia

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Notable events involving Lobelia include:


11 Aug 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), FFS Lobelia, HMS Stonecrop (A/Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR) and HMS Kingston Agate (Lt. H.O. L’Estrange, RNR). (1)

9 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with the Escort Group B 3 and later with HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSO, DSC, RN), FFS Lobelia, HMS Salisbury (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN) and HMS Vervain (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR). (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)

6 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-609 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 54°56'N, 28°11'W, by depth charges from the Free French corvette Lobelia.

7 Feb 1943
Lobelia picks up eleven survivors from the British merchant Harmala that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-614 in the North Atlantic in position 55°14'N, 26°37'W.

Lobelia also picks up 39 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Daghild that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°25'N, 26°12'W.

5 Dec 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Towy (Cdr. M.J Evans, OBE, RN), ORP Burza (Cdr. F. Pitulko, ORP) and FFS Lobelia. (4)

30 Jun 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Altair (T/Lt. J.L. James, RNR) and the French corvette Lobelia. (5)

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. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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