Allied Warships

HMS Calendula (K 28)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 28 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down30 Oct 1939 
Launched21 Mar 1940 
Commissioned6 May 1940 
End service12 Mar 1942 

Acquired by the USN on 12 March 1942
Returned to the RN on 23 August 1945
Sold on 22 July 1946.
Became the merchantile Villa Cisneros in 1948.
Renamed Villa Bens in 1949.  

Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Ready

Commands listed for HMS Calendula (K 28)

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1Lt.Cdr. Alan Douglas Bruford, RNVR9 Apr 194012 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Calendula include:

19 Jun 1940
HMS Calendula (Lt.Cdr. A.D. Bruford, RNVR) picks up 23 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Tudor that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 45°10'N, 11°50'W.

3 Jul 1940
HMRT Marauder (Lt. W.J. Hammond, RNR) takes the damaged Dutch merchant Amstelland in tow to Falmouth, where they arrived on 5 July. The Amstelland was torpedoed and damaged on 1 July by German U-boat U-65 about 380 nautical miles southwest of Lands End in position 47°53'N, 13°23'W. During the tow the ships were escorted by the British corvette HMS Calendula (Lt.Cdr. A.D. Bruford, RNVR).

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