Allied Warships

HMS Niger (i) (J 73)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 73 
ModFirst group 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Feb 1935 
Laid down1 Apr 1935 
Launched29 Jan 1936 
Commissioned4 Jun 1936 
Lost5 Jul 1942 
Loss position66° 35'N, 23° 14'W

During the return to Britain of convoy QP 13, HMS Niger (Cdr. Arthur Jelfs Cubison, DSC and Bar, RN (retired)) led a column of merchantmen in bad weather with visibility reduced to one mile. HMS Niger had been unable to take bearings due to the weather but made a sighting of land, which was in fact an iceberg. She had unfortunately led the convoy into a British minefield off Iceland. She was mined at 22.40 hours in position 66º35'N, 23º14'W as were six of the merchants she was escorting, all but one also sank.


Commands listed for HMS Niger (i) (J 73)

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1Lt.Cdr. Michael Anthony Ormus Biddulph, RN8 Nov 19385 Oct 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Michael Joseph Toole, RN5 Oct 19398 Apr 1940
3Cdr. St. John Cronyn, RN8 Apr 194024 Sep 1940
4Cdr. David Hugh Harries, RAN24 Sep 194019 Dec 1940
5Cdr. Reginald Cecil Haskett-Smith, RN19 Dec 1940Apr 1941
6Lt.Cdr. John Maurice Bayley, DSC, RNApr 194129 Dec 1941
7Cdr. (retired) Arthur Jelfs Cubison, DSC, RN29 Dec 19415 Jul 1942 (+)

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