Allied Warships

HMS Lotus (ii) (K 130)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 130 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) and N.E. Marine 
Ordered 
Laid down26 Mar 1941 
Launched16 Jan 1942 
Commissioned9 May 1942 
End service 
History

HMS Lotus is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Bought by Salvesen in 1947 and became the merchantile Southern Lotus.
Refitted as bouy-boat at Smith's Dock in 1948.
Last season as whaler 1962/1963.
Towed from Leith Harbour to Melsomvik in spring 1963 and laid up.
Sold in December 1966 for breaking up in Belgium.
Towed together with Southern Briar (ex. HMS Cyclamen) by tug Temi III.
Towing wire broke on 18 December in stormy weather, both ships grounded and wrecked off Jutland.

 
Former nameHMS Phlox

Commands listed for HMS Lotus (ii) (K 130)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Harry John Hall, RNR1 May 19423 Sep 1943
2Lt. Charles Shea Thomas, RNR3 Sep 194327 Jun 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Juan Boyd Bald, RNVR27 Jun 1944early 1945
4T/Lt. Thomas Spencer Cox, RNVRearly 1945mid 1945

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Noteable events involving Lotus (ii) include:


5 Jul 1942
The British merchant River Afton is torpedoed and sunk north-east of Kola in position 75°57'N, 43°00'E by German U-boat U-703. HMS Lotus (Lt. H.J. Hall, RNR) later picks up 38 survivors.

12 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-660 was scuttled in the Mediterranean near Oran, in position 36°07'N, 01°00'W, after damaged by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RNR) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR).

4 Oct 1943
HMS Lotus (Lt. C.S. Thomas, RNR) picked up survivors while on escort duty for convoy UGS.18 Leaving Hampton Roads on the 15th September for Port Said arriving 13th October 1943. Ship SS Fort Fitzgerald bound from New York to Alexandria, the ship was near Cape Tenes, west of Algiers (36deg42N/01deg17E). when she was severely damaged by German aircraft and had to be sunk the following day by one of the escorting destroyers. Several of the crew were killed and survivors dropped off in Algiers. (1)

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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