HMS Marigold (K 87)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland)|
|Ordered||31 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||26 Jan 1940|
|Launched||4 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||28 Feb 1941|
|Lost||9 Dec 1942|
|Loss position||36.50N, 03.00E|
HMS Marigold (Lt. James Alexander Smith Halcrow, RD, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by Italian aircraft off Algiers, Algeria in position 36º50'N, 03º00'E.
The corvette was escorting convoy KMS.3Y, which was attacked in the late evening by 3 S.79 VTBs of the 105º Gruppo AS (105th Torpedo group) led by Capt. Urbano Mancini. Hit by a torpedo about 2200 hrs and sank in a short time with 40 of the crew killed.
Commands listed for HMS Marigold (K 87)
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|1||Lt. William Sinclair MacDonald, RNVR||Jan 1941||early 1942|
|2||T/Lt. James Renwick, DSO, RNR||early 1942||25 Apr 1942|
|3||Lt. James Alexander Smith Halcrow, RNR||25 Apr 1942||9 Dec 1942 (+)|
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Noteable events involving Marigold include:
7 May 1941
The British merchant Ixion is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-94 about 200 miles southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 61?29'N, 22?40'W. HMS Marigold (Lt. W.S. Macdonald, RNVR) later picks up 19 survivors.
16 Nov 1941
German U-boat U-433 was sunk at 2155hrs on 16 November 1941 in the Mediterranean south of Malaga, Spain, in position 36°13'N, 04°42'W, after being damaged by depth charges and gunfire 25nm east of Gibraltar by the British corvette HMS Marigold (T/Lt. J. Renwick, RNR). (see map)
15 Jun 1942
HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Etrib and 20 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Slemdal that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 west of Corunna, Spain in position 43°18'N, 17°38'W.
HMS Marigold also picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Thurso that were torpedoed and sunk by the same German U-boat in position 43°41'N, 18°02'W.
13 Nov 1942
HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) picks up 81 survivors from the British merchant Maron that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-81 north-west of Oran, Algeria in position 36°27'N, 00°55'W.