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HMS Thyme (K210)

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United Kingdom
NameHMS Thyme
BuilderSmiths Dock Company
Laid down30 April 1941
Launched25 July 1941
Commissioned23 October 1941
IdentificationPennant number: K210
FateSold 1947 as Weather ship Weather Explorer, scrapped 1962
General characteristics
Class and typeFlower-class corvette

HMS Thyme was a Flower-class corvette which served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Laid down by Smiths Dock Company in April 1941, she was launched in July 1941, and commissioned in October 1941.[1]

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Flower-class corvette

Flower-class corvette

The Flower-class corvette was a British class of 294 corvettes used during World War II by the Allied navies particularly as anti-submarine convoy escorts in the Battle of the Atlantic. Royal Navy ships of this class were named after flowers.



A corvette is a small warship. It is traditionally the smallest class of vessel considered to be a proper warship. The warship class above the corvette is that of the frigate, while the class below was historically that of the sloop-of-war.

Royal Navy

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy (RN) is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. Although warships were used by English and Scottish kings from the early medieval period, the first major maritime engagements were fought in the Hundred Years' War against France. The modern Royal Navy traces its origins to the early 16th century; the oldest of the UK's armed services, it is consequently known as the Senior Service.

World War II

World War II

World War II or the Second World War, often abbreviated as WWII or WW2, was a global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries, including all of the great powers, fought as part of two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. Many participants threw their economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind this total war, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. Aircraft played a major role, enabling the strategic bombing of population centres and the delivery of the only two nuclear weapons ever used in war.


Thyme was one of six Flower-class corvettes ordered on 3 August 1940. She was laid down at Smith Dock's South Bank, Middlesbrough shipyard on 30 April 1941, was launched on 25 July 1941 and completed on 23 October 1941.[2]

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Royal Navy service

Thyme began escorts on 21 November 1941, with the convoy HX 161, from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool. She spent most of her remaining career escorting convoys around the Indian Ocean and Africa.

Service after the Royal Navy

She was transferred to the Air Ministry for civilian service in 1947 and was designated the Weather ship, Weather Explorer. In 1958 she was sold again and became the Greek merchant ship Epos

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  1. ^ "HMS Thyme (K 210) of the Royal navy - British Corvette of the Flower class - Allied Warships of WWII". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ Friedman 2008, p. 341


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