Allied Warships

HMS Heartsease (K 15)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 15 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down14 Nov 1939 
Launched20 Apr 1940 
Commissioned4 Jun 1940 
End service3 Apr 1942 

Transferred to the USN on 3 April 1942.
Returned to the RN on 23 August 1945.
Sold on 22 July 1946.
Became the merchant ship Roskva in 1951.
Name changed to Douglas in 1956.
Name changed to Seabird in 1958.
Lost in December 1958.

Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Courage

Commands listed for HMS Heartsease (K 15)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward John Robert North, RNRMay 1940Nov 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Francis Babington Proudfoot, RNNov 194010 Jul 1941
3Lt.Cdr. John Albert Baragwanath, RNR10 Jul 19412 Dec 1941
4Lt. George Charles Wilson Meldrum, RD, RNR2 Dec 1941early 1942

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Notable events involving Heartsease include:

15 Jun 1940
HrMs O 10 (Lt. G. Quint, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with HMS Heartsease (Lt.Cdr. E.J.R. North, RNR) and two minesweepers. (1)

22 Sep 1940
HMS Heartsease (Lt.Cdr. E.J.R. North, RNR) picks up 31 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Simla that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 west of Ireland in position 55°11'N, 17°58'W.

18 Oct 1940
HMS Heartsease (Lt.Cdr. E.J.R. North, RNR) picks up 9 survivors from the British merchant Thistlegarth that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-103 45 nautical miles west-north-west of Rockall in position 58°43'N, 15°00'W on 15 October.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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