Ocean Weather Ships reporter adviser monitor surveyor

Fred Brooker Ocean Weather Ship

Welcome to my website about Ocean Weather Ships, These were converted Castle Class Frigates - Reporter, Monitor, Adviser, Surveyor, and Converted Flower Class Corvettes Watcher, Explorer, Recorder, Observer.  These ships spent the remainder of their working life in the Atlantic Ocean collecting weather data which was then sent to the Met Office at Bracknell to produce weather forecasts. The introduction of satellites and unmanned buoys to gather data meant the ships were not needed, The ex Flower Class ships were replaced with the ex Castle Class ships around 1960, 2 of these were  scrapped and 2 refitted in 1977, they continued in a reduced role until being scrapped in the early 1980's

The site is dedicated to my father Fredric Brooker who worked on the ships as a Radio Technician and passed away in Dec 2009

The site has been built with kind donations, some items I have gathered myself and others from my father's collection

The aim is to record as much history about the ships and men that worked on them as possible, and to display to all this almost forgotten piece of history.

I initially designed the site to centre around the 4 ex Castle Class ships but as I have come to learn more about the whole weather ship concept I have added info about all the ships from the initial WW2 Weather ships right up to the the days of the Starella and also some of the foreign weather ships as this gives a fuller picture of the whole Ocean Weather Service.

Paul Brooker

What's New

17/10/17  Updated - Cumulus II, Watcher, Misc 2, Starella, Explorer,Recorder,HMS Marguerite.

Added New page for Weather Explorer Seismic Survey

I am always on the lookout for new material, if you have anything that you would like to see on this website then please email me (Paul) at


            The Role of the Weather Ships Page 2  Page 3

       HMS Marguerite Weather Observer HMS Marguerite - Weather Observer

       HMS Snowflake Weather Watcher HMS Snowflake - Weather Watcher

       HMS Thyme Weather Explorer HMS Thyme - Weather Explorer

       HMS Genista Weather Recorder HMS Genista - Weather Recorder

            HMS Pevensey Castle Weather Monitor Admiral Beaufort HMS Pevensey Castle - Weather Monitor - Admiral Beaufort

            HMS Amberley Castle Weather Adviser Admiral Fitzroy HMS Amberley Castle - Weather Adviser - Admiral Fitzroy

            HMS Oakham Castle Weather Reporter HMS Oakham Castle - Weather Reporter

            HMS Rushen Castle Weather Surveyor  HMS Rushen Castle - Weather Surveyor

       Other Weather Ships

       WW2 Weather ships WW2 Weather Ships

       HMS Saxifrage Polarfront I HMS Saxifrage - Polarfront I

            HMS Bryony Polarfront II HMS Bryony - Polarfront II

       Polarfront II Polarfront III

       USS Abilene Cirrus USS Abilene - Cirrus

       USS Forsyth Cumulus I USS Forsyth - Cumulus I

       Cumulus II Cumulus II

       Starella Starella


        Ships Crew Ships Crew  Ships Crew Page Ships Crew Page 3 Ships Crew Page 4 Ships Crew Page 5

       Ships Crew Page 6        Ships Crew Page 7    Page 8 Page 9 Page 10

       Page 11      Page 12    Page 13    Page 14

        Crew List Crew List

       Ships Internal Views Ships internal views   

       Ships External Views Ships external views    Page 2

        Miscellaneous Pictures       Page 2

       Articles Documents Articles/Docs    Articles Documents Page 2     Page 3  Page 4  

      Ocean Weather Ship Memorabilia Memorabilia    Ocean Weather Ship Memorabilia Page 2

            Audio Video Audio/Video

       Ocean Weather Ship Technical details Technical

       Cruise Data

        Ocean Weather Ship stories memories Stories & Memories     Page 2

       Model Weather Ships Model Weather Ships

        Timeline of Weather ships Timeline

        Weather Explorer - Seismic Survey

        Castle Class Corvette Memorial Castle Class Corvette Memorial

        Shipmates departed    Shipmates Departed

       Ocean weather ships facebook Click the pic for the OWS Weather Surveyor group on Facebook

         I have started a new group "Ocean Weather Ships" after the move to the new server didn't go well for the forum which

                                                had few posts and took a lot of admin work in the background.

                  Events & Meetings

If you have any other material/suggestion/comments about the site please email me (Paul)

Also if you would like to be informed when the site is updated  then contact me to be added to a mailing list.

(Due to spam i have had to replace the email link with an image of my email address, sorry about that)


The following websites have been either a source of material or have a connection with the Weather ships











Please respect copyright, where possible I have gained the owners consent to publish material on this site and request you not use this

material in the public domain without gaining your own consent first.

Past Updates to the site

13/08/17  Updated - Crew 14, Docs 4, Memorabilia 2, Starella, Misc 2, Cumulus II, Internal, Crew List, External 2, Cirrus, Explorer, Observer, Watcher, Recorder, Reporter, Adviser/Fitzroy

18/02/17  Updated - Crew List, Shipmates Departed, Docs 4, Cruise Data, Reporter,     Added Crew page 14

12/07/16  Updated - Shipmates Departed, Cumulus II, Docs 4, Misc 2, Internal, External 2, Crew List, Role 3, Surveyor, Adviser,

Added - Crew page 12, Crew page 13

17/05/14  Updated Audio/Video, Timeline, Misc 2, Docs 4, Memorabilia 2, Watcher, Crew 10, Events

Added new pages for Cirrus, Cumulus I & II, Polarfront I, II & III, Starella

14/03/14 Updates to Crew 9, Crew List, Other Weather Ships, Surveyor, Misc 2, Role 3, Technical,  Memorabilia 2, External 2, Reporter

Added Docs page 3 & 4, Stories 2, Crew 10

22/12/13  Updates to Crew List, Crew 9, Stories, Internal, Surveyor, Articles 2,Other Weatherships

05/10/13 Updated Crew List, Added a page for Events & Meetings

18/08/13  Updates to Crew 8, Crew List, Reporter, Monitor, Stories, Role 3, Shipmates Departed. Added page for Crew 9

27/04/13  Updates to Crew List, Crew 7, Technical, Misc 2, Reporter, Watcher, Recorder, Other Flower, Other Weather ships, Explorer, Memorabilia 2, Observer, Cruise Data

Added page for Role 3, External 2, Crew 8

05/01/13 Updates to Crew List, Crew 6, Shipmates Departed, Model, Other Weather ships, Docs 2, Role, Surveyor

Added pages for WW2 weather Ships, Misc 2, Crew 7. Added a Forum

28/09/12 Updates to Memorial, Model, Memorabilia 2, Crew List

19/08/12  Updates to Crew List, Crew 5, Crew 6, External, Docs 2, Misc and Memorial pages

16/05/12  Updates to Crew 5, External, Crew List, Flower, Misc, Surveyor, Role 2, Stories, Fitzroy, Reporter, Docs 2,Memorabilia 2, Internal

Added Shipmates Departed Page, Crew 6 Page, Watcher, Recorder, Explorer & Observer pages

21/03/2012  Updates to Crew 5, Crew List, Flower, Models, Memorabilia 2, Stories, Docs 2, Audio/Video, Other Weather ships, Surveyor, Role 2, Admiral Beaufort, External, Misc

27/09/11  Updates to Cruise Data, Docs2, Crew List, Audio/Video, Fitzroy, Flower, Added Crew Page 5

06/08/11  Updates to Crew List, Other Weather ships, Crew 4, Flower, Memorial, Memorabilia 2,

21/05/11 Updates to Crew List, Adviser, Monitor, Stories, Other, Crew 4, Role2, Cruise Data, Added Memorabilia page 2,Added Docs page 2, Added Timeline Page

06/03/11 Updates to Crew List, Stories, Role 2, Technical, Reporter, Internal, External, Memorabilia, Misc, Model,  Added Other, Crew4

 27/01/11 Updates to Crew List, Crew 3, Other, Role, Memorabilia, Memorial, Added Role 2, Stories, Model

03/12/10  Updates to Crew List, Surveyor, Memorabilia, Monitor, Role, Crew2, Flower, External, Misc, Video, Technical,  Added Crew 3 page and Memorial Page

10/11/10 Updates to Crew List, Other, External, Surveyor, Adviser, Monitor, Role, Crew 2,Flower,Memorabiia,Added Cruise Data Page

23/10/10  Updates to Crew List, Flower, Reporter, Adviser, Monitor, Surveyor, Docs, External, Other

19/09/10  Updates to Crew List, Crew 2, Other, Role, Reporter, Monitor, Surveyor, Flower, Memorabilia, Docs, Technical

24/08/10  Site moved to new server, Crew 2 and Crew List pages added, some minor updates on other pages

16/08/10  Updates to Crew, Role, External, Internal, Other, Adviser, Surveyor, Reporter

09/08/10 Added a few more names to Ships Crew photos

08/08/10 Updates to Adviser, Monitor, Reporter, Articles, Internal, Ships Crew, Links.

08/08/10 Added new pages for Flower Class Ships & Technical

18/06/10 Added a new video and an audio file to Audio/Video page

03/06/10 Added a photo to Ships Crew page

 30/03/10 New pages for Internal/External photos, Updates to Crew, Adviser, Surveyor, Reporter, Role, Articles & Misc pages

13/03/10    Initial publication of site