HMS Pennywort

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Pennywort

HMS Pennywort - 2 HMS Pennywort - 1 HMS Pennywort - 3

Original Builder: A & J Inglis Limited of Pointhouse, Glasgow + Kincaid

Original Yard No: 1087p

Official Number:

Vessel Type: corvette

GRT: 950

Year Built: 1941

Arrival Date: 24/01/1949

Breakup Started: 08/02/1949

Date First Beached: 18/03/1949

Date Breakup Completed:

Draught For’d: 8' 0"

Draught Aft: 8' 0"

Name Changes:

Other Information:

Flower-Class Corvette PENNYWORT                                  Pennant No. K 111


(Design based on the Christian Salvesen whale- catcher S.S. SOUTHERN PRIDE.  This Corvette differed from most of the others built as she was fitted out with an 'Acoustic Hammer', as well as mine-sweeping gear.  The 'acoustic hammer' was a device for exploding mines.)


12-12-1939  :  Ordered

11-03-1941  :  Laid Down

18-10-1941  :  Launched

05-03-1942  :  Commissioned


Length  :  62.6 mts  x  10.1 mts.                Displacement  :  950 / 1,160 tons


Propulsion  :  Single shaft/screw driven by a 4-Cylinder Triple Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engine

Boilers  :  Two single-emded cylindrical Boilers

Speed  :  16 knots



HMS did not distinguish her war career by the sinking U-Boats or enemy surface ships, that was not her role. Her principal role was convoy escort duties and the saving of survivors.



Picked up 30 survivors from the American merchantman JAMES OGLETHORPE, which had been torpedoed by the German submarine U-758 in the North Atlantic.  The American vessel, with 30 men still on board, attempted to make St Johns, Canada, but was never heard of again.  She also picked up a further 40 survivors from the torpedoed Norwegian freighter ELIN K, which was sunk by the German submarine U-603 on the previous day.



In company with HMS ANENOME, picked up a total of 54 survivors from British cargo/passenger liner CANADIAN STAR, which had been torpedoed by the German submarine U-221, in a position South-East of Cape Farewell.



In a position North-West of Cap d'Antifer, along with HMS DAMSAY, picked up a total of 59 survivors from the British merchant vessel ORMINSTER, of the South American Saint Line, which had been torpedoed by the German submarine U-480 in the English Channel.  The freighter had been returning to the UK from the Normandy beaches.