Unknown wee ship

I wonder if anyone can identify this ship, please? My late uncle may well have taken the photograph as he was an naval observer in the late 1920s and 1930s. Much of the time he served in the Mediterranean and this photograph certainly looks to have been taken somewhere warmer than around the UK.9.jpg 9.jpg


War Hero
There are no pennant numbers and the ship does not look particularly military. I know naval ships would keep the awnings over the quarterdeck rigged at sea but not all of them. Daddies Yacht?


Book Reviewer
You are correct, the CinC Med did have a 'flag frigate'. HMS Surprise commissioned in 1946. Though it looks nothing like the photo above. She was also used by HM when she reviewed the Fleet in 1953 at Spithead.
Many thanks, WreckerL, HMS Bryony looks like where to start. The photo certainly dates from before WW2 so HMS Surprise is unlikely! We had wondered about someone's private yacht but thought it more likely to be a naval vessel.


War Hero
Bryony or Tamarisk do look similar.
The former RNR HQ HMS President ( ex-Saxifrage) is a former Flower-class sloop, too ( as was her long-term neighbour HMS Chrysanthemum).


War Hero
A check on Wikipedia jogged my memory - HMS Chrysanthemum did indeed serve in the Med between the wars, including work as a target tug.
I recall reading this in hard copy some years ago, and an almost inevitable note to the effect: "However, on such and such date she was struck by a shell fired by HMS........."
The patched-up damage was apparently still visible during her London Embankment days.
Target tugging would be in order as my uncle was certainly involved in such enterprises, at the end of one such his Fairey IIIF struck trees and crashed breaking his back. This was at the Novar airbase, then a field, at Evanton near Invergordon in 1931. He was on Furious and Eagle between 1931 and 1936. Then on HMS Repulse which carried float planes and then briefly on HMS Hastings in 1937 between Malta and UK. Could this latter be the sloop in the photograph? The portholes don't seem to be right though.

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