Allied Warships

HMS Honesty (K 285)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 285 
Built byKingston Shipbuilding Co. (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered6 Oct 1941 
Laid down 
Launched28 Sep 1942 
Commissioned18 May 1943 
End service 

Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Returned to the United States Navy on 20 June 1946.  

Former nameUSS Caprice

Commands listed for HMS Honesty (K 285)

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1T/Lt. Moris John Rowlands, RNVR7 Aug 1943mid/late45

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Notable events involving Honesty include:

11 Oct 1943
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for special A/S trials to the west of the Hebrides with HMS Hadleigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.V. Gordon, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (1)

14 Dec 1944

Convoy MC 14.

This convoy departed Aden on 14 December 1944 and arrived at Kilindini on 21 December 1944. On 24 December 1944 it departed Kilindini and arrived at Durban on 30 December 1944.

It was made up of the following transports Elizabethville (Belgian, 8351 GRT, built 1922), Kosciuszko (Polish, 6852 GRT, built 1915) and Talma (British, 10000 GRT, built 1923).

The damaged battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN) was also part of the convoy.

The convoy was escorted by the corvettes HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR) and HMS Genista (Lt. T.G. Radford, RNR).


The convoy, minus the Elizabethville departed Kilindini for Durban. HMS Valiant was still with the convoy.

The convoy was now escorted by the sloop HMS Falmouth (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodhead, RD, RNR) and the corvettes HMS Freesia (T/Lt.Cdr. G.M. Berlyn, SANF(V)) and HMS Genista.

The convoy arrived at Durban on 30 December 1944.

HMS Valiant did not enter Durban. She remained at sea to continue on to Capetown with a new escort.

4 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with Dumont d'Urville, HMS Sobkra (Lt. C.K. Mackenzie, RANVR) and HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR). (2)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Honesty (T/Lt. M.J. Rowlands, RNVR), HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR), ML 834 and aircraft. (2)


  1. ADM 173/18454
  2. ADM 173/20272

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

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