HMS Freesia (K 43)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||18 Jun 1940|
|Launched||3 Oct 1940|
|Commissioned||19 Nov 1940|
Sold on 22 July 1946. and bcame the merchantile Freelock.
Commands listed for HMS Freesia (K 43)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Thomas George Hill, RNR||12 Nov 1940||4 Dec 1940|
|2||T/Lt. Ronald Albert Cherry, RNR||4 Dec 1940||10 Jul 1943|
|3||T/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Marcus Berlyn, SANF(V)||10 Jul 1943||25 Jan 1945|
|4||T/Lt. Wilfred Leuchars Hancock, SANF(V)||25 Jan 1945||Oct 1945|
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Noteable events involving Freesia include:
12 Dec 1942
The British merchant Empire Gull is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-177 in the Mozambique Channel west of Maputo, Portuguese East Africa in position 26°15'S, 34°40'E. Later the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and the British corvette HMS Freesia (Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR) together pick up 44 survivors.