Allied Warships

HMCS Mayflower (K 191)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 191 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered20 Jan 1940 
Laid down20 Feb 1940 
Launched3 Jul 1940 
Commissioned15 May 1941 
End service31 May 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at Norfolk (Virginia, U.S.A.) completed on 14 February 1944.

Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 31 May 1945.
Scrapped at Inverkeithing on 20 September 1949.

 
Former nameHMS Mayflower

Commands listed for HMCS Mayflower (K 191)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Lt.Cdr. George Hay Stephen, RCNR5 Sep 194012 May 1942
2Lt. Victor Browne, RCNR13 May 19422 Mar 1944
3T/Lt. Douglas Sutherland Martin, RCNR3 Mar 194431 May 1945

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Notable events involving Mayflower include:


2 Oct 1941
HMCS Mayflower (A/Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, RCNR) picks up 35 survivors from the British tanker San Florentino that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 in the North Atlantic in position 52°50'N, 34°40'W.

9 Feb 1942
HMCS Mayflower (A/Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, RCNR) completed a refit at Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

30 Apr 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Mayflower (A/Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, RCNR) and HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR). (1)

11 Jan 1943
HMCS Mayflower (A/Lt.Cdr. V. Browne, RCNVR) completed a refit at Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada.

1 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS La Malbaie (T/Lt. J.S. Davis, RCNVR), HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR) and HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR). (2)

8 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fame (Cdr. R. Heathcote, DSO, RN), HMS Warwick (Cdr. Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) T.S.L. Fox-Pitt, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR) and HMCS La Malbaie (T/Lt. J.S. Davis, RCNVR). (3)

18 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR). (4)

19 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR). (5)

25 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN), HMS Burnham (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. E.E.G. Boak, RCN). (6)

8 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Boulton, RCNVR), HMCS Gatineau (Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN), HMS Sunflower (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.H. Stammers, RNVR), HMCS Mayflower (T/Lt. D.S. Martin, RCNR) and HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. H.R. Beck, RCNR). (7)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17783
  3. ADM 173/17772
  4. ADM 173/17927
  5. ADM 173/17773
  6. ADM 173/17786
  7. ADM 173/18528

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


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