HMS Vervain (K190)
HMS Vervain's 4-inch gun crew in action, July 1942
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Ordered:||8 April 1940|
|Builder:||Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Laid down:||16 November 1940|
|Launched:||12 March 1941|
|Completed:||9 June 1941|
|Commissioned:||9 June 1941|
|Struck:||20 February 1945|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk on 20 February 1945|
|Class & type:||Flower-class corvette|
|Displacement:||925 long tons (940 t; 1,036 short tons)|
|Length:||205 ft (62.48 m)o/a|
|Beam:||33 ft (10.06 m)|
|Draught:||11.5 ft (3.51 m)|
|Speed:||16 knots (29.6 km/h)|
|Range:||3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km) at 12 knots (22.2 km/h)|
On 28 February 1943 the liberty ship SS Wade Hampton was torpedoed by U-405 while sailing in a convoy from New York to Murmansk, Russia. Survivors were picked up by Vervain, SS Bayano and HMS Beverly near Greenland.
On 20 February 1945 at 11.45 hours Vervain was escorting a homeward-bound convoy when she was sunk by a torpedo from the U-boat U-1276, under Oberleutnant zur See Karl-Heinz Wendt about 25 miles south-east of Dungarvan, Ireland, south of Waterford. Vervain sank after 20 minutes. Three officers and 30 ratings were rescued.
- McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780752488615.
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