HMS Buttercup (K193)

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HMS Buttercup
HMS Buttercup (K193).jpg
HMS Buttercup under Belgian command.
United Kingdom
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Name: Buttercup
Namesake: Buttercup
Ordered: 8 April 1940
Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland
Laid down: 17 December 1940
Launched: 10 April 1941
Commissioned: 24 April 1942
Decommissioned: December 1944
Out of service: 23 May 1941
Reinstated: Returned to the Royal Navy
Fate: Scrapped in 1969
Name: HMS Buttercup
Acquired: 23 May 1941
Out of service: Late 1944
Fate: Returned to the Royal Navy
Name: Nordkyn
Acquired: 20 December 1944 (bought 1946)
Decommissioned: November 1957
Fate: Sold 1969
General characteristics
Class & type: Flower-class corvette

HMS Buttercup was a Flower-class corvette built for the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War as part of the Free Belgian section of the Royal Navy (RNSB). Buttercup was the first of two corvettes to serve with the Free Belgian forces, along with HMS Godetia.

With the liberation of Belgium in late 1944, the vessel was returned to the United Kingdom. In December 1944, she was loaned to the Royal Norwegian Navy, who purchased her in 1946 and renamed her Nordkyn. In 1969 she became a civilian whaler, named Thoris. She was scrapped in 1969. In common with other Flower-class corvettes, the ship was named after an eponymous flower.