Allied Warships

HMS Saxifrage (K 04)

Corvette of the Flower class


HMS Saxifrage as seen during the war.

World Ship Photo Library photograph with thanks to Jan Visser.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 04 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Richardson, Westgarth & Clark 
Ordered21 Sep 1939 
Laid down1 Feb 1941 
Launched24 Oct 1941 
Commissioned6 Feb 1942 
End service 
History

Sold in August 1947.
Became the Royal Norwegian Navy's Polarfront I.

 

Commands listed for HMS Saxifrage (K 04)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Richard Popkis Chapman, RNR1 Nov 194131 May 1942
2Lt. Norman Leslie Knight, RNR31 May 194217 May 1943
3T/Lt. James Renwick, DSO, RNR17 May 1943Jun 1944
4Lt. David Kenneth Hamilton Kinloch, RNRJun 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Saxifrage include:


27 Feb 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Othello (A/Lt.Cdr. H.S. Warren, RNR), another vessel (not able to read the name in O 9's log), HMS Saxifage (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Chapman, RNR) and HMS Lady Sharazad (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Shepherd, RNR). (1)

4 Jul 1942
HMS Saxifrage (Lt. N.L. Knight, RNR) picks up 35 survivors from the British merchant Putney Hill that was torpedoed and finally sunk with gunfire on 26 June 1942 by German U-boat U-203 about 450 nautical miles east-north-east of Puerto Rico in position 24°20'N, 63°16'W.

4 Jan 1943
HMS Saxifrage (Lt. N.L. Knight, RNR) picks up 27 men from the British tanker British Vigilance that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-514 about 900 nautical miles north-east of Barbados in position 20°58'N, 44°40'W.

9 Jan 1943
HMS Saxifrage (Lt. N.L. Knight, RNR) picks up 34 survivors from the British tanker Empire Lytton that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-442 west of the Canary Islands in position 28°08'N, 28°20'W.

17 Mar 1943
HMS Saxifrage (Lt. N.L. Knight, RNR) picks up 37 survivors from the Dutch merchant Alderamin that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-338 southeast of Cape Farewell in position 52°14'N, 32°15'W.

11 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Saxifrage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

12 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR) and HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR). (3)

13 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR) and HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR). (4)

14 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR), HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR) and HMS Egret. (4)

19 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pelican (Capt. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Wear, HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RD, RNR), HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR), HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR) and one other vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 34]. (2)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17796
  3. ADM 173/17926
  4. ADM 173/17772

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


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