Allied Warships

HMS Borage (K 120)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 120 
Built byGeorge Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Kincaid 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down27 Nov 1940 
Launched22 Nov 1941 
Commissioned29 Apr 1942 
End service 
History

Handed over to the Irish Naval Service on 15 November 1946 and renamed Macha.
She was sold for scrap on 22 November 1970.

 

Commands listed for HMS Borage (K 120)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt.Cdr. Aislabie Harrison, RNR29 Mar 1942late 1943
2Lt. William Sinclair MacDonald, DSC, RNVRlate 194324 Sep 1944
3T/Lt. Ernest Albert Hitchcock, RNR24 Sep 194428 Nov 1945

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Noteable events involving Borage include:


4 Oct 1942
HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR) picks up 33 survivors from the American tanker Robert H. Colley that broke in two in very bad weather while in convoy HX-209 in the North Atlantic about 350 nautical miles South-West of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 59°06'N, 26°18'W.

Owing to severe weather HMS Borage could only take up station overnight keeping watch on the after part of the ship which by this time had broken in two. Overnight the forward half of the ship sank, but the survivors could be seen on the after half. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to launch the ship's boat to effect a rescue. Able Seaman Sidney Triggs, went to the bridge and asked to speak to the Commanding Officer. He was a fisherman and expert in small boats, he told the C.O. that if he could pick his own crew he would launch the ship's boat and attempt a rescue. The crew consisted mostly of men who had been fishermen in civilian life. The boat was now successfully launched into the Atlantic storm and steered around to the wreck of the Robert H. Colley. Once alongside it was a difficult job to persuade the freezing survivors to take the terrible long jump into the sea. Able Seaman Triggs eventually persuaded them eventually to jump. Thirty three men were rescued after several trips in the small ship's boat back and forth to HMS Borage. The ship was rolling so much in the Atlantic swell that survivors could be plucked from the boat by crewmen waiting in the well deck of the Borage. Having guided the boat back to the Borage the crew and survivors cheered Able Seaman Triggs who was called to the C.O.'s cabin. He was congratulated and given a large glass of rum. Able Seaman Triggs was been promoted to Leading Seaman and received the British Empire Medal from King George VI at Buckingham palace. This was gazetted in the London Gazette on 5 March 1943.

18 Mar 1943
HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR) picks up 13 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Jamaica that was torpedoed and sunk on 9 March 1943 by German U-boat U-221 south-west of Ireland in position 48°00'N, 23°30'W.


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