HMS Coreopsis (K 32)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||A & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Kincaid|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||19 Sep 1939|
|Launched||23 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||17 Aug 1940|
|End service||10 Nov 1943|
Served as RHN Kriezis from 10 November 1943.
|Career notes||To the Royal Hellenic Navy as Kriezis|
Commands listed for HMS Coreopsis (K 32)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Alan Holt Davies, RNVR||17 Jul 1940||early 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Benjamin Charles Hamilton, RNR||early 1943||10 Nov 1943|
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Notable events involving Coreopsis include:
In the 1953 film 'The Cruel Sea' HMS Compass Rose was played by ex-HMS Coreopsis. She was given pennant number K49 in the film which was the number of HMS Crocus (sometimes wrongly thought to have been used in the film).
The film was shot in 1952, upon completion of the shots the Coreopsis was sold for scrap. (1)
20 Oct 1940
HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) picks up 33 survivors from the British merchant La Estancia that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-47 in the North Atlantic, south of Iceland, in position 57°00'N, 17°00'W.
Pandora and Coreopsis joined convoy OG 55 at 1930 hours. (2)
Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 58 (8th war patrol).
For the daily positions of HrMs O 21 during this patrol see the map below.
HrMs O 21 8th war patrolclick here for bigger map (3)
24 Apr 1941
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) carries out an A/S exercise off Gibraltar with the British sloop HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and the British corvette HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).
Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 60 (10th war patrol for O 23).
For the daily positions of HrMs O 23 during this patrol see the map below.
Ver HrMs O 23 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (4)
13 Jul 1941
At 2145 hours, HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN), left convoy HG 67 escorted by the British corvettes HMS Joinquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RNR), HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. L.C. Head, RNVR) and HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR). They joined convoy OG 67 early the next morning. (5)
16 Nov 1942
HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) picks up 169 survivors from the British merchant Clan Mactaggart that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-92 50 miles southwest of Cadiz in position 36°08'N, 07°23'W.
5 Mar 1943
HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR) picks up 12 survivors from the British merchant Fidra, 47 survivors from the British merchant Ger-y-Bryn and 44 survivors from the British merchant Trefusis that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-130 northwest of Lisbon, Portugal in position 43°50'N, 14°46'W.
15 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR). (6)
16 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) arrived at Lough Foyle. There she conducted A/S exercises with HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN), HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) and HMS Anchusa (T/Lt. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR). (7)
- Personal communication
- ADM 199/1832
- ADM 199/1880
- ADM 199/1879
- File 2.12.03.6438 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17827
- ADM 173/17795
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.