HMS Bryony (K-192)

Bryony c.1943. This is photograph FL 4007 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 8308-29)

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1940
Launched
1940
Commissioned
1941
Decommissioned
1979
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS Bryony (K-192) was almost never completed. Laid down in April, 1940, she was launched in November. Before she was completed, however, an air raid scored a direct hit on the little Flower-class corvette, demolishing her superstructure, blowing off many of her hull plates, and sinking her in shallow water. However, she was raised, and completed with a longer bow than any of her sisters, Joining the fleet in March, 1941. Bryony mainly served on convoy duty, most notably in the escort of PQ-18 in September, 1942. She spent most of the War in the North Sea, and was sold to Norway in 1948. Commissioned as HNoMS Polarfront II, she was refitted as a weather ship, and served in this role until decommissioned in 1979.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Due to her near death experience, Bryony had the longest build time of any Flower-class corvette.