HMS Arbutus (i) (K 86)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Clark|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||30 Nov 1939|
|Launched||5 Jun 1940|
|Commissioned||12 Oct 1940|
|Lost||5 Feb 1942|
|Loss position||55° 05'N, 18° 43'W|
HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. Arhur Lionel Waldegrave Warren, DSC, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-136 in the North Atlantic about 295 nautical miles west of Erris Head, Ireland in position 55º05'N, 18º43'W.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Arbutus (i)|
Commands listed for HMS Arbutus (i) (K 86)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Hugh Lloyd-Williams, RNVR||10 Aug 1940||Mar 1941|
|2||T/Lt. Arhur Lionel Waldegrave Warren, RNR||Mar 1941||5 Feb 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Arbutus (i) include:
7 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-70 was sunk south-east of Iceland, in position 60°15'N, 14°00'W, by British corvettes HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmott, RNR) and HMS Arbutus (Lt.Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, RNVR).
5 Apr 1941
HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) picks up 48 survivors from the British merchant Athenic that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-76 south-southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 58°32'N, 20°13'W.
12 Jun 1941
The British merchant Chinese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 south of Rockall in position 56°12'N, 14°18'W. 18 survivors are later picked up by the British corvettes HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) and HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR).