Allied Warships

HMS Kos XIX

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant 
Built byFramnæs mekaniske Værksted (Sandefjord, Norway) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched 
CommissionedApr 1941 
Lost3 Jun 1942 
Loss position32° 06'N, 24° 12'E
History

Completed in September 1936.
Norwegian whaler of Hvalfangerselskap Kosmos A/S (Anders Jahre), Sandefjord, Norway taken over by the Admiralty in October 1940.
Displacement: 307 tons.

Kos XIX was renamed Cocker in September 1941.

HMS Cocker (T/Lt. D.H. Crampton, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk east of Tobruk in position 32º06'N, 24º12'E by the German motor torpedo boat S 57.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kos XIX

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Leslie Halman Davies, RNR28 Apr 1941Late 1941
2T/Lt. John Scott, RNVRlate 1941mid 1942
3T/Lt. Denis Hugh Crampton, RNRmid 19423 Jun 1942

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Notable events involving Kos XIX include:


5 Nov 1941
The A/S whaler HMS KOS XIX / Cocker (Lt. L.H. Davies, RNR) sighted a periscope about 32 nautical miles west of Alexandria at 2220/5.

A hunt was started and she was joined by the corvette HMS Snapdragon (T/Lt. P.H. Potter, RNR), A/S whaler HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR) and the A/S motor boat HMS MA/SB 2.

Destroyer HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) was sent from Alexandria to assist. She already sailed at 2325/5.

Two more destroyers, HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, RN), joined in the morning 6th. They had sailed at 0900/6 and 1000/6 respectively.

The destroyers were recalled to harbour at 1800 and arrived later in the evening. No contact had been obtained.

As an oil slick was sighted in the area of the hunt on the 7th the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair-Ford, RN) were sent to hunt in the area again. They departed Alexandria at 1200 and 1400 hours respectively.

The search continued during the night of 7/8 November. HMS Encounter joined the destroyers in the morning. She sailed from Alexandria at 0815/8.

The hunt was however soon abandoned as no contact could be obtained and and the three destroyers then escorted the light cruiser HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN) during a practice bombardment at Aboukir. HMS Neptune had departed Alexandria at 1000/8.

Following the exercise HMS Neptune immediately returned to Alexandria arriving at 1630/8.

HMS Encounter, HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling returned to Alexandria at 1015/9 having remained outside on patrol for another night. (1)

20 May 1942
HMS Cocker (T/Lt. J. Scott, RNVR) picks up 43 survivors from the British tanker Eocene that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by the German U-boat U-431 about 13 miles northeast of Bardia in position 31°56’N, 25°14’E.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/115216 + ADM 199/415

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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