HMS Periwinkle (K 55)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||30 Oct 1939|
|Launched||24 Feb 1940|
|Commissioned||8 Apr 1940|
|End service||15 Mar 1942|
Ordered for French Navy but served in the Royal Navy as HMS Periwinkle.
|Career notes||To the United States Navy as USS Restless.|
Commands listed for HMS Periwinkle (K 55)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Henry Row, RNR||14 Mar 1940||18 Sep 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Peter Graeme MacIver, RNR||18 Sep 1940||early 1942|
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Notable events involving Periwinkle include:
25 Aug 1940
HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. H. Row, RNR) picks up 16 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Tuira that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat UA about 280 miles southwest of Rockall in position 54°46'N, 20°30'W.
9 Oct 1940
HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) picks up 31 survivors from the British merchant Confield that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-58 about 90 miles west of Barra Head in position 56°48'N, 10°17'W.
2 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-147 torpedoed and sank the Belgian merchant ship Mokambo in position 56°38'N 10°24'W. In the follow-up attack by the convoy escort the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) and the corvette HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RN) depth charged the U-147 to destruction.
26 Sep 1941
HMS Perwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British merchant Avoceta that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores in position 47°57'N, 24°05'W.
27 Sep 1941
HMS Perwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) picks up survivors from the British fighter catapult ship HMS Springbank that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-201 in convoy HG-73 north-north-east of the Azores in position 49°09'N, 20°10'W.