17a). - WW11 Convoy Escorts, - "Flower Class" Corvettes.
This complete section created Late April 2010.
Section updated and new photo's added Mid January 2013. - additions are indicated by ( # ) - Earlier additions now unmarked..
To hopefully make it easier to search amongst the many different types of R.N. WW11 Convoy Escort ships that were produced, and used during the war years, I have taken the opportunity to split the original "section 17" into three parts, as I have now been given an extremely large collection of these ships photo's to display, by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
This particular sub-section ( 17a ) contains the Escort classes known to the R.N. as "Flower Class Corvettes", whilst the next sub-section ( 17b ) contains the later "Castle Class Corvettes". The original part of "section 17" now contains the larger ships that had later been re-classified by the RN as "Frigates", as opposed to the more commonly used classification by the rest of the World of "Destroyer - Escort".
It is down to these quite diminutive ships, and the A.S.W. trawlers found in "section 2" of this website, that often comprised the only "Anti - Submarine Escort" a trans-Atlantic convoy had, during the first 3 years or so of WW11, that Gt. Britain was able to stand alone against the threat of the U-boat "Wolf Packs".
"Flower Class" Corvettes.
This class of ship was the result of yet another "PanickedRealization", this time during the late 1930's, by both the Admiralty and also the Government of the day that, once again as in 1914, they had allowed the situation to arise whereby we had insufficient resources to "Escort" our Merchant Navy convoys and to defend them against the expected threat from U-boats in the coming War. ( Isn't it surprising how history repeats itself ?? ).
A small, simple, seaworthy and easily built ship was required, and so the design selected for the "Flower Class Corvette" was based on the "Southern Pride" Whaling ships.
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