Allied Warships

HMS Picotee (K 63)

Corvette of the Flower class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-4594

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 63 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down21 Mar 1940 
Launched19 Jul 1940 
Commissioned5 Sep 1940 
Lost12 Aug 1941 
Loss position62° 00'N, 16° 01'W

HMS Picotee (Lt. Ronald Arthur Harrison, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 62º00'N, 16º01'W by U-568 during the night of 11 / 12 August 1941 while escorting convoy ONS-4. She was hit by one torpedo and sank almost immediately. There were no survivors.

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Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 12 Aug 1941 by U-568 (Preuss).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Picotee

Commands listed for HMS Picotee (K 63)

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1Lt.Cdr. Norman Carlyle Hurst Scallan, RNRAug 1940ca. mid 41
2Lt. Ronald Arthur Harrison, RNRca. mid 4112 Aug 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Picotee include:

15 Dec 1940

Convoy SC 16.

This convoy departed Halifax on 15 December 1940 for Liverpool where it arrived on 31 December 1940.

Upon departure from Halifax the convoy was made up of the following merchant ships: Aeas (Greek, 4729 GRT, built 1915), Anglo Peruvian (British, 5457 GRT, built 1926), Ashby (British, 4868 GRT, built 1927), Boltonhall (British, 4824 GRT, built 1935), Erica (Norwegian, 1592 GRT, built 1919), Frumenton (British, 6675 GRT, built 1930), Hartington (British, 5496 GRT, built 1932), Loke (Norwegian, 2421 GRT, built 1915), Lorca (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), Pandias (Greek, 4981 GRT, built 1912), Scottish Standard (British (tanker), 6999 GRT, built 1921), Shaftesbury (British, 4284 GRT, built 1923), Sirikishna (British, 5458 GRT, built 1936), Spind (Norwegian, 2197 GRT, built 1917) and Swinburne (British, 4659 GRT, built 1917).

On departure from Halifax the convoy was not escorted. It was joined the next day, the 16th, by the battleship HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. H.B. Jacomb, RN).

The battleship parted company with the convoy on 23 December 1940.

On 29 December the destroyers HMS Active (A/Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN), HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO, RN), HMS Georgetown (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), corvettes HMS Heather (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, RN), HMS Picotee ( Lt.Cdr. N.C.H. Scallan, RNR) and the A/S trawler HMS Lady Madeleine (T/Lt. P.H. Potter, RNR) joined the convoy. The destroyers parted company the next day while the other escorted remained with the convoy until it arrived at Liverpool.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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