Allied Warships

HMS Snapdragon (K 10)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 10 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down27 Sep 1939 
Launched3 Sep 1940 
Commissioned28 Oct 1940 
Lost19 Dec 1942 
Loss position32° 18'N, 19° 54'E

HMS Snapdragon (Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, DSO, RN) was sunk by German bombers north-west of Benghazi, Libya in position 32º18'N, 19º54'E.


Commands listed for HMS Snapdragon (K 10)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward Campbell Hulton, RN30 Aug 194028 Feb 1941
2T/Lt. Philip Hastings Potter, RNR28 Feb 194130 Sep 1942
3Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, DSO, RN30 Sep 194219 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Snapdragon include:

10 Nov 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Snapdragon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and FFL Chevreul (Lt. F.P.E. Fourlinnie). (1)

14 Nov 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Snapdragon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RNR). (1)

5 Nov 1941
The A/S whaler HMS KOS XIX / Cocker (Lt. L.H. Davies, RNR) sighted a periscope about 32 nautical miles west of Alexandria at 2220/5.

A hunt was started and she was joined by the corvette HMS Snapdragon (T/Lt. P.H. Potter, RNR), A/S whaler HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR) and the A/S motor boat HMS MA/SB 2.

Destroyer HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) was sent from Alexandria to assist. She already sailed at 2325/5.

Two more destroyers, HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, RN), joined in the morning 6th. They had sailed at 0900/6 and 1000/6 respectively.

The destroyers were recalled to harbour at 1800 and arrived later in the evening. No contact had been obtained.

As an oil slick was sighted in the area of the hunt on the 7th the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair-Ford, RN) were sent to hunt in the area again. They departed Alexandria at 1200 and 1400 hours respectively.

The search continued during the night of 7/8 November. HMS Encounter joined the destroyers in the morning. She sailed from Alexandria at 0815/8.

The hunt was however soon abandoned as no contact could be obtained and and the three destroyers then escorted the light cruiser HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN) during a practice bombardment at Aboukir. HMS Neptune had departed Alexandria at 1000/8.

Following the exercise HMS Neptune immediately returned to Alexandria arriving at 1630/8.

HMS Encounter, HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling returned to Alexandria at 1015/9 having remained outside on patrol for another night. (2)


  1. ADM 173/16308
  2. ADM 53/115216 + ADM 199/415

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

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