HMS Rockrose (K 51)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Charles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Richardson, Westgarth & Clark|
|Ordered||21 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||28 Oct 1940|
|Launched||26 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||4 Nov 1941|
Commisioned as Protea into the south African Navy 4 October 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Rockrose (K 51)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Dudley Birch, RNR||6 Aug 1941||6 Jul 1942|
|2||Lt. Edward John Binfield, RNR||6 Jul 1942||16 Oct 1943|
|3||T/Lt. Henry James Makepeace, RNR||16 Oct 1943||8 Jul 1945|
|4||T/Lt. Edward Alexander King, RNVR||8 Jul 1945||11 Jan 1946|
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Noteable events involving Rockrose include:
8 Oct 1942
HMS Rockrose (Lt. E.J. Binfield, RNR) picks up 42 survivors from the American merchant Chickasaw City that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-172 about 85 nautical miles south-south-west of Cape town, South-Africa in position 34°15'S, 17°11'E.
HMS Rockrose also picks up 28 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Firethorn that was also torpedoed and sunk the previous day by the same U-boat but about 60 nautical miles north-west of Cape town in position 34°13'S, 17°21'E.
10 Oct 1942
HMS Rockrose (Lt. E.J. Binfield, RNR) picks up 5 survivors from the Greek merchant Pantelis that was torpedoed and sunk two days earlier by German U-boat U-172 about 40 nautical miles south-west of Cape town, South Africa.
29 Oct 1942
The British merchant Ross is torpedoed and sunk of Cape Agulhas, South Africa in position 38°51'S, 21°40'E by German U-boat U-159. 39 survivors were later picked up by HMS Rockrose (Lt. E.J. Binfield, RNR).