HMS Niger (i) (J 73)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||5 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||1 Apr 1935|
|Launched||29 Jan 1936|
|Commissioned||4 Jun 1936|
|Lost||5 Jul 1942|
|Loss position||66.35N, 23.14W|
During the return to Britain of convoy QP 13, HMS Niger (Cdr. Arthur Jelfs Cubison, DSC and Bar, RN (retired)) led a column of merchantmen in bad weather with visibility reduced to one mile. HMS Niger had been unable to take bearings due to the weather but made a sighting of land, which was in fact an iceberg. She had unfortunately led the convoy into a British minefield off Iceland. She was mined at 22.40 hours in position 66º35'N, 23º14'W as were six of the merchants she was escorting, all but one also sank.
Commands listed for HMS Niger (i) (J 73)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Michael Anthony Ormus Biddulph, RN||8 Nov 1938||5 Oct 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Michael Joseph Toole, RN||5 Oct 1939||8 Apr 1940|
|3||Cdr. St. John Cronyn, RN||8 Apr 1940||24 Sep 1940|
|4||Cdr. David Hugh Harries, RAN||24 Sep 1940||19 Dec 1940|
|5||Cdr. Reginald Cecil Haskett-Smith, RN||19 Dec 1940||Apr 1941|
|6||Lt.Cdr. John Maurice Bayley, DSC, RN||Apr 1941||29 Dec 1941|
|7||Cdr. (retired) Arthur Jelfs Cubison, DSC, RN||29 Dec 1941||5 Jul 1942 (+)|
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