Allied Warships

HNoMS Acanthus (K 01)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Norwegian Navy
PennantK 01 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Sep 1939 
Laid down21 Dec 1939 
Launched26 May 1941 
Commissioned1 Oct 1941 
End service 1956 

Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy and renamed Andenes. Sold to Union Whaling in 1956. Towed from Sandefjord to Glasgow, Scotland in June 1956 for convertion to whaler by A & J Inglis, Ltd. Renamed Colin Frye. Sold in 1957 to Taiyo Gyogyo KK,. Tokyo. Renamed Toshi Maru No.2. Scrapped in Japan in 1970.

This corvette served in the Escort Group B6 and took part 1942 in the convoy battles for ON-122 and SC-104.

Acanthus returned to Norway in May 1945. The next year the Norwegian Government purchased the vessel together with amongst others, the corvettes Buttercup and Eglantine. These ships were employed as fishery protection ships in Northern Norway and in the Barentz Sea as well as around Iceland. Like the other vessels in the Norwegian Navy she had KNM (HNoMS) added to her name in October 1946. She retained however her wartime pennant number K 01.

1950 she was reclassified as frigate and given pennant numer F 307.

Former nameHMS Acanthus

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Notable events involving Acanthus include:

3 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN) and later with HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN), HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) and HNoMS Acanthus. (1)

14 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN), HNoMS Rose, HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN), HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR), HNoMS Acanthus, USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN), HNoMS Potentilla and HNoMS Eglantine. (2)

19 Apr 1943
HMS Seraph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, OBE, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HNoMS Acanthus.

This was Seraph's 9th war patrol. En-route to Gibraltar she was to perform a special operation off Huelva, Spain. Operation Mincemeat (offsite link).

For the daily positions of HMS Seraph during this patrol see the map below.


9 Dec 1943
HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. On completion of these exercises she departed for Holy Loch escorted by HNoMS Acanthus. (4)

19 Jan 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HNoMS Acanthus. (5)

10 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Acanthus. (6)

12 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Acanthus, HNoMS Eglantine and HMS Bluebell (Lt. G.H. Walker, DSC, RNVR). (7)

6 Jan 1945
HMS H 44 (Lt. R.C. Bucknall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Highlander (Lt. H.E.G. Atkins, RN) and HNoMS Acanthus. (8)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 199/1841
  4. ADM 173/18129
  5. ADM 173/18994
  6. ADM 173/17813
  7. ADM 173/18513
  8. ADM 173/19494

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

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