Allied Warships

HMS Rhododendron (K 78)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 78 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down22 May 1940 
Launched2 Sep 1940 
Commissioned18 Oct 1940 
End service 

HMS Rhododendron is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List.

Sold on 17 May 1947.
Became the merchantile Maj Vinke in 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Rhododendron (K 78)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Nelson Mitchell Faichney, RNR8 Sep 1940Feb 1941

2Lt.Cdr. William Nelson Mitchell Faichney, DSO, RNRApr 19415 Sep 1941
3Lt. Harold Ivor Davis, RNVR5 Sep 19418 Apr 1942
4Lt. Louis Alan Sayers, RNR28 Apr 1942mid 1943
5T/Lt. Oliver Birrell Medley, RNVRmid 19433 Aug 1944
6Lt. Gordon Leslie Frank Melville, RNR3 Aug 194414 Oct 1944
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Vernon, RNR14 Oct 194421 Jan 1945
8T/Lt. Ralph Smith Mortimer, RNR21 Jan 1945Apr 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Rhododendron include:

21 Nov 1940
German U-boat U-103 was attacked with depth charges by the British corvette HMS Rhododendron (Lt.Cdr. W.N.H. Faichney, RNR) north-west of Ireland, in position 56°28'N, 14°13'W. This attack is often credited with the destruction of U-104, this is however not the case and the cause of U-104's loss is still not clear.

21 Nov 1940
Rhododendron (Lt.Cdr. W.N.H. Faichney, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Daydawn that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-103 about 250 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 56°30'N, 14°10'W.

17 Jan 1941
HMS Rhododendron (Lt.Cdr. W.N.H. Faichney, RNR) is damaged when she detonates a mine in Liverpool harbour. She was out of service for about three months.

28 Jul 1941
The British merchant Lapland is torpedoed and sunk north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 40°36'N, 15°30'W by German U-boat U-203. 26 survivors were later picked up by HMS Rhododendron (Lt.Cdr. W.N.H. Faichney, DSO, RNR).

4 Jul 1943
HMS Rhododendron (Lt. O.B. Medley, RNVR) and HMRT Restive (W 39) pick up more than 300 survivors from City of Venice and St. Essylt that were sunk by the German U-boats U-409 and U-375 in the convoy KMS-18B off Cape Tenes, Algeria.

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