flower class corvettes

taffysenoj

Midshipman
First post - never served but have sailed the seas all my life from 6 yrs old. Do so now in a 31 ft Mitchell. Had an uncle who served in HMS Poppy during WWII (Leading Tel). Whilst there is some generic info on the net wondered if anyone else is interested in the topic. Years ago came across a slim volume relating to naval signals -

"What ship?"
"What rock?"

Found kite so will fly it.
 

andym

War Hero
I love the flower class,such a cute stubby little thing.I made a large Tamiya Kit of one many years back.Wasnt the Poppy used for "The Compass Rose" in the film?
 

taffysenoj

Midshipman
No, Compass Rose was some other ship - Google The Cruel Sea for the real gen. I have a LARGE model (Revell) on the windowsil before me.

Am interested too in the signals.

Destroyer after bad winter passage to the Med was signalled -
"What ship?"........ replied, "What rock?" Anymore of the same?
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
taffysenoj said:
First post - never served but have sailed the seas all my life from 6 yrs old. Do so now in a 31 ft Mitchell. Had an uncle who served in HMS Poppy during WWII (Leading Tel). Whilst there is some generic info on the net wondered if anyone else is interested in the topic. Years ago came across a slim volume relating to naval signals -

"What ship?"
"What rock?"

Found kite so will fly it.

That could be in "Make a Signal" by Jack Broome - a very good read which puts a different slant on naval history as well as pulling out some very funny one-liners in signal form.
 
taffysenoj said:

Thanks but I really would not want anyone to think I was a sub-species of spotter, specialising in Corvettes! It's just that I remember meeting a mate of my English father (have two - one Italian and one English - long story) who was on a flower class and he told me how embarrassed he was at the time, of course he only had HMS on his tally during WW2
 

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