HMS Bellwort (K114)
HMS Bellwort entering Victoria Wharf, Birkenhead during World War II
|Ordered:||12 December 1939|
|Laid down:||17 September 1940|
|Launched:||11 August 1941|
|Commissioned:||20 November 1941|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K114|
|Fate:||Sold to the Irish Naval Service, 1946|
|Acquired:||3 February 1947|
|Commissioned:||3 February 1947|
|Decommissioned:||2 November 1970|
|Identification:||Pennant number: 03|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Flower-class corvette|
|Displacement:||925 long tons|
|Length:||205 ft (62 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
Bellwort was ordered in July 1939 as part of the Royal Navy’s 1939 War Emergency building programme. She was laid down by George Brown & Co of Greenock on 17 September 1940, launched 11 August 1941 and completed 20 November the same year. After working up and trials she was assigned anti-submarine warfare and convoy escort duties on the West Africa station, based at Freetown.
From March 1942 onwards Bellwort served with close escort groups on South Atlantic convoys, stationed at Freetown. In three years Bellwort sailed with 42 trade convoys (outbound and homebound), contributing to the safe and timely arrival of more than 800 merchant ships. She was involved in one major convoy battle, around convoy TS 37 in April 1943, which saw the loss of seven ships in one night. With the end of hostilities Bellwort was decommissioned and in 1946 she was sold.
Bellwort was one of three Flowers sold to Ireland in 1946. She was handed over to the Irish Naval Service on 3 February 1947 and commissioned Cliona by Lieutenant Walter J. Ready the same day.
She was sold to Haulbowline Industries for scrap on 4 November 1970.
- Elliott p186
- Conway p62
- Gardiner R, Chesnau R: Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1922–1946 (1980) ISBN 0-85177-146-7
- Elliott, P : Allied Escort Ships of World War II (1977) ISBN 0 356 08401 9
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