HMS Bryony (K192)

HMS Bryony (K192)

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HMS Bryony (K192)

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HMS Bryony was a that served in the Royal Navy.

Construction and damage

She was launched from the yards of Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland on 16 November 1940, having been laid down there on 8 April of that year. During her construction, an air raid on Belfast had damaged Harland and Wolff's yards, and Bryony was sunk by a direct hit. Her upper deck and superstructure were wrecked, and most of her hull plates were blown off, whilst the remainder of the hull was flooded. She was inspected by officials from Harland and Wolff and the Admiralty, and it was decided that it would be feasible to refloat and rebuild the ship.

Salvage and working up

These events would give her the longest build time for any of the Flower class. She was built as a short fo'c'sle corvette, but after her salvage she was given a lengthened fo'c'sle and minesweeping gear. Although many Flowers eventually got the lengthened fo'c'sle, Bryonys was much longer than normal and she could be discerned by such. She was finally commissioned into the Royal Navy on 15 March 1941, under Lieutenant Commander Stewart of the Royal Naval Reserve. She left Belfast, crossing the Irish Sea to Tobermory in Scotland to undergo a two-week work and training exercise period, after which she sailed to Gladstone Dock, Liverpool, where she would be based until June 1943. Whilst in her trials period she was assigned to escort Convoy PQ-18, the next attempt to deliver supplies to Russia after the heavy losses...
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