Allied Warships

HMS Hydrangea (K 39)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 39 
Built byFerguson Shipbuilders. Ltd. (Port Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down22 Nov 1939 
Launched4 Sep 1940 
Commissioned3 Jan 1941 
End service 

HMS Hydrangea is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold in 1947.
Became the merchantile Hydralock in 1948.
Wrecked off Formosa on 25 February 1957.


Commands listed for HMS Hydrangea (K 39)

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1Lt. Joseph Eric Woolfenden, RNROct 19401 May 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Standen Howell, RNR1 May 194314 Feb 1944
3T/Lt. Trevor Davies Bennett, RNR14 Feb 1944late 1944

4T/Lt. Edwin Charles Leaver, RNRDec 19444 Jan 1945
5Lt.Cdr. Sydney Warren Hicks, RNZNVR4 Jan 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Hydrangea include:

14 Feb 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Rothesay together with the Norwegian submarine B 1. They were escorted by the corvette HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR). (1)

3 Aug 1941
German U-boat U-401 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50°30'N, 19°35'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR).

5 Aug 1941
HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Cape Rodney that foundered west of Ushant in position 52°44'N, 11°41'W after being torpedoed and damaged west of Ireland in position 53°26'N, 15°40'W by German U-boat U-75.

Hydrangea also picks up 39 survivors from the British merchant Harlingen that was torpedoed and sunk by U-75 in the same attack.


  1. ADM 173/16714

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

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