Allied Warships

HMS Bryony (K 192)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 192 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down16 Nov 1940 
Launched15 Mar 1941 
Commissioned4 Jun 1942 
End service 
History

Bryony was sunk while fitting out by a German air attack, on 15 April 1941. Raised & repaired, commissioned as above. She was built as a short forecastle corvette, after salvage she was rebuilt as an extra long forecastle corvette, her build time is the longest on record for a Flower.

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

Sold to the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1947 and renamed Polarfront II.

 

Commands listed for HMS Bryony (K 192)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Parker Stewart, DSC, RNR1 May 19429 Dec 1942
2T/Lt. Thomas Hand, RNR9 Dec 1942mid 1945

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Notable events involving Bryony include:


21 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) R.C.V. Thomson, RN), HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR), HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR). (1)

22 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) R.C.V. Thomson, RN), HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR) and other vessels of the Escort Group of which HMS Black Swan was the leader. (1)

24 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) R.C.V. Thomson, RN) and her Escort Group and later with HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR) and HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN). (1)

7 May 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR), HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR), HMS Lowestoft (A/Cdr.(Retd.) L.H. Phillips, RN) and HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR). (2)

9 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Lowestoft (A/Cdr.(Retd.) L.H. Phillips, RN), HMS Bergamot (Lt. R.T. Horan, RNR) and HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR). (3)

3 Nov 1943
HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR) picks up 14 survivors from the French merchant Mont Viso that was sunk in convoy KMS-30 by German U-boat U-593 about 40 miles north-east of Tenes, Algeria. Shortly thereafter she attacked the U-boat with eight depth charges, causing damaged that later forced U-593 to break of its patrol.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17792
  2. ADM 173/17782
  3. ADM 173/18373

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


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