Allied Warships

HMS Thyme (K 210)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 210 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered3 Aug 1940 
Laid down30 Apr 1941 
Launched25 Jul 1941 
Commissioned23 Oct 1941 
End service 

Sold in 1947.
Became weather ship Weather Explorer.
In 1958 she became the merchant ship Epos.


Commands listed for HMS Thyme (K 210)

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1T/Lt. Alan Rochfort Mackay, RNZNVR7 Nov 194120 Feb 1942
2Lt. Henry Roach, RNR20 Feb 1942Aug 1944
3T/Lt. Geoffrey Hubert Thornton, RNVRAug 194414 Dec 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Evelyn Eastman, SANF(V)14 Dec 194419 Aug 1945
5R. A. Maran, RNR19 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Thyme include:

6 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Pladda (T/Lt. P.T. Lovelock, DSC, RNVR), HMS Shapinsay (A/Skr.Lt. W.S. Flowers, RNR), HMS Thyme (T/Lt. A.R. Mackay, RNZNVR) and HMS Lord Austin (Lt. N.P. McLeod, RNR). (1)

21 Sep 1942
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bach Kolling, RNN(R)) departed East London for Simonstown. She was escorted by the British corvette HMS Thyme (Lt. H. Roach, RNR) (2)

Jun 1943
In mid-1943 she was escorting merchant traffic in the Freetown area

17 Aug 1943
The British merchant Empire Stanley is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-197 south-south-east of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar in position 27?08'S, 48?15'E. The British corvette HMS Thyme (Lt. H. Roach, RNR) later picks up 9 survivors and landed them at Durban on 29 August.


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

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