Allied Warships

HMS Begonia (K 66)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 66 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down13 Mar 1940 
Launched18 Sep 1940 
Commissioned3 Mar 1941 
End service10 Mar 1942 
History

Transferred to the USN 10 March 1942.
Returned to the RN on 22 August 1945. Sold on 22 July 1946 and became the merchant ship Begonlock.
Name changed to Fundiciones Molinao in 1949.
Name changed to Astiluzu in 1951.
Name changed to Rio Mero in 1956.

 
Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Impulse

Commands listed for HMS Begonia (K 66)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Thomas Arthur Rennie Muir, RNRJan 194120 Oct 1941
2Lt. Alan Henry Pierce, OBE, RNR20 Oct 194110 Mar 1942

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Noteable events involving Begonia include:


4 May 1941
HMS Begonia (Lt. T.A.R. Muir, RNR) picks up survivors from the Norwegian merchant Taranger that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-95 south-west of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 61°07'N, 25°20'W.

28 Jul 1941
HMS Begonia (Lt. T.A.R. Muir, RNR) picks up 27 survivors from the British merchant Erato that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-126 about 200 nautical miles west of Cape Finisterre in position 43°10'N, 17°30'W.

25 Sep 1941
HMS Begonia (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Phillips, RNR) picks up 27 survivors from the British merchant Empire Stream that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 north-north-east of the Azores in position 46°03'N, 24°40'W.


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