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HMS Prunella / CapeHowe



   

The SS Cape Howe before she was converted.

HMS Prunella, aka HMS Cape Howe was built in 1930 as S.S. Knight Almoner by Pardoe-Thomas & Co. Ltd, in 1934 she was purchased by Lyle Shipping Company and renamed, SS Cape Howe. On 15th September 1939 she was converted into an anti-submarine `Q` ship and renamed HMS Prunella (pendant X.02).

HMS Prunella was torpedoed by U-28 in the Southwest Approaches south of Iceland on 21st June 1940.

 


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Prunella / CapeHowe

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Anderson James Fraser. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Barber Gerald. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Bell James Black. Sub Lt. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Bell James Black. Sub Lt. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Bennet Sidney Walter. Ordinary Seaman
  • Bennet Sidney Walter. Ordinary Seaman
  • Bennett Sidney Walter. Ord. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Boothby Herbert. Chief Steward (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Brimfield Arthur.
  • Brooks Bert. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Burt Arthur Sidney. Asst.Steward (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Campbell Alexander. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Collins William Jacob George. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Corrigan Frank.
  • Crowhurst Frederick Hugh. Ord. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Daniels Albert Gerald. Lt (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Day Percy William. Ldg Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Eccott William James. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Evans Bernard Henry Sanders. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Fisher Charles Frank. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Galipeau Adolphis Louis. Ldg Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Glasson Charles Henry. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Gunn John Mowatt. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Hayes Edward. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Heaver Leslie John. Able Seaman (d.21nd June 1940)
  • Heaver Leslie John. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Howell Thomas F.. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Jones Eric Walter Robert. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Jones Kenneth Aubrey. Petty Offcr. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Kane Henry. Signalman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Kennedy Duncan Cameron. Sub Lt.
  • Lamper Albert Edward. Asst.Cook (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Lawrence Walter George Richard. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Lawrence Wilfred Alan. Sub Lt. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Lilly Robert Joseph. Ord. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • McDonald Donald. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Milne Leonard William. Petty Offcr. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Moar Victor Eugene. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Morrison John. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Mugridge George David Phillip.
  • Musselwhite William H.. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Ormsby Edward John. Lt (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Pamplett Harry Edward. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Park James William. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Parks Percival Arthur Woolacott. Ord. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Pickering John William . Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Porteous Andrew Goldie. Supply Ass. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Pragnell Phillip Roy. Sto.
  • Pragnell Roy. Sto.
  • Prothero Reginald Eric. P.O. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Rae Alexander. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Rainford Harry. 3rd Radio Offr. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Rogers Claude Vernon. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Routledge Harold Leslie. Asst.Cook (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Rowlett Arthur. Seaman (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Stileman Ian Reignals Winn. Sub Lt. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Stubbs Frederick. Petty Offcr. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Terry William Charles. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Waite Albert Edward. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Wells Clarence. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Welsh Thomas. Petty Offcr. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Wilkinson John. Lt. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Williams Frank Hanson. Surg. Lt. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Williams Fred. Stoker 1st Class. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Wood George Henry. Able Seaman. (d.21st Jun 1940)
  • Woodhall Eric Langton. Cmdr. (d.21st Jun 1940)

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Sub Lt. James Black Bell HMS Prunella (d.21st Jun 1940)

My uncle, Sub-Lt James Black Bell was killed because of the torpedoing of HMS Prunella - ex mercantile Cape Howe. It is my understanding that he got off the ship on one of the lifeboats, but that in the storm that came up that night this boat was lost. If anyone has any more information on this event I would be grateful if you could share it with me.

John Bell



Able Seaman Leslie John Heaver HMS Prunella (d.21nd June 1940)

My uncle was Able Seaman Leslie John Heaver (d. 21 June 1940) whilst serving on H.M.S. Cape Howe. I was told he was on a lifeboat but was shot or torpedoed. I would really appreciate any more information about my uncle to give to my Mom.

Julie Mathison



Ordinary Seaman Sidney Walter Bennet HMS Cape How

My uncle was Ordinary Seaman Sidney Walter Bennett. He lost his life on 21st June 1940 on board HMS Cape Howe. I think he had only been in the Navy a matter of months.

David Moore



Ordinary Seaman Sidney Walter Bennet HMS Cape How

My uncle was Ordinary Seaman Sidney Walter Bennett. He lost his life on 21st June 1940 on board HMS Cape Howe. I think he had only been in the Navy a matter of months.

David Moore



Sub Lt. Duncan Cameron Kennedy HMS Prunella

Supplement to the London Gazette
4th October 1940. NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
HONOUR FOR TOWNSMAN

Mentioned in Despatches
Sub-Lieutenant Duncan Cameron Kennedy, R.N.R. , has been mentioned in despatches for "seamanship, bravery and good leadership", and his name appeared in the "London Gazette" of October 4. Sub-Lieut, Kennedy is the son of Mr and Mrs Sam, Kennedy, 19 South Street, He is aged 25 years, and before the war he was a first mate with the Lyle Shipping Company.He is a former pupil of Finnart School and was a popular member of the West-End Baths.
Sub-Lt, Kennedy had charge of one of the lifeboats after his ship had been attacked and sunk by a u-boat in the Atlantic.(He rescued 28 people.)The ship's boats were scattered by a fierce storm that was raging, but Mr Kennedy managed to keep course. After the occupants of his boat had been exposed to Atlantic weather for 3 days, they were sighted by a British flying-boat which gave their position to a steamer, The steamer (Cassamance) picked them up and landed them in a port in England. The survivors made him a presentation as a token of their gratitude for his bravery and efficiency in navigating the lifeboat.
A year or two before the war, Mr Kennedy was on a ship which rescued 32 Portuguese fisherman off the Azores during a storm. Duncan Cameron Kennedy was treated for frost bite after the 3 days at sea and it took it's toll on his health.

He did not want to drown at sea like his Grandfather, Duncan Cameron, who drowned at sea in 1886.

Captain Duncan Cameron Kennedy was born on 24/02/1916 in Greenock, Scotland. When Duncan was a first mate in the Merchant Navy he married Isabella Wallace Picken, an Engineer's Machinist. On 22//07/1942 at Orangefield Baptist Church Greenock, Scotland.

Read more about Duncan Cameron Kennedy




Able Seaman. William H. Musselwhite HMS Prunella (d.21st Jun 1940)

My father William H. Musselwhite was lost on HMS Cape Howe aka. HMS Prunella, in 1940. In the mid 50s I did meet a survivor from the ship who happened to be on the same ship as my self. Then in 1993 I met possibly the only remaining survivor.

Peter Musselwhite



P.O. Reginald Eric Prothero HMS Prunella (d.21st Jun 1940)

My Great Uncle died on the HMS Cape Howe. His name was Reginald Eric Prothero. I was named after him.

Eric Prothero-Brooks



Sto. Roy Pragnell HMS Prunella

My father-in-law, Roy Pragnell, now aged 85 was one of the survivors on the raft rescued by HMS Versatile. He has a copy of the Daily Mirror photograph of the rescue. He was a stoker and being quite young, 19, worked on auxiliary machinery.

William Garlick



Sto. Phillip Roy Pragnell HMS Prunella

My father-in-law, Roy Pragnell, now aged 85 was one of the survivors on the raft rescued by HMS Versatile. He has a copy of the Daily Mirror photograph of the rescue. He was a stoker and being quite young, 19, worked on auxiliary machinery.
Thirteen men rescued by HMS Versatile, Arthur Brimfield (2nd left), Philip Roy Pragnell in the middle the dark sweater.

Thirteen men rescued by HMS Versatile, Arthur Brimfield (2nd left), Philip Roy Pragnell in the middle the dark sweater.

William Garlick



George David Phillip Mugridge HMS Cape Howe

My father was one of the survivors from the sinking of HMS Cape Howe. He was picked up from a raft by HMS Versatile.

George Mugridge







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