Allied Warships

HMS Pevensey Castle (K 449)

Corvette of the Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 449 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered23 Jan 1943 
Laid down21 Jun 1943 
Launched11 Jan 1944 
Commissioned10 Jun 1944 
End service 

Employed on Air Sea Rescue Duties in the South Atlantic in June 1945.
Returned to Portsmouth to reduce to Reserve in February 1946.
In Reserve at Portsmouth during 1947-1952.
Completed a refit at Hull on 12 August 1949 while in reserve.
Into Reserve at Chatham in September 1952.
Into Reserve at West Hartlepool in 1954.
Dehumidified and preserved at Dowsons, South Shields 1954-1955.
Earmarked for transfer to Air Ministry in 1957.
Transferred to the Air Ministry in 1960, converted at Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) and renamed Weather monitor 12 in May 61.
Later renamed Admiral Beaufort.


Commands listed for HMS Pevensey Castle (K 449)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Charles William Leadbetter, RNR16 Apr 1944Sep 1944
2Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVRSep 194412 Dec 1944
3Cdr. Eric Hewitt, RD, RNR12 Dec 194429 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Pevensey Castle include:

11 Nov 1944
The depth charge attacks carried out by the British corvettes HMS Pevensey Castle (Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VD, RNVR), HMS Launceston Castle (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J. Allon, RNR) south of Ireland, in position 50°24'N, 09°10'W, formerly credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-1200, were actually made against a non-sub target.

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