Allied Warships

HMS Erica (K 50)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 50 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down22 Feb 1940 
Launched18 Jun 1940 
Commissioned9 Aug 1940 
Lost9 Feb 1943 
Loss position32° 48'N, 21° 10'E

HMS Erica (Lt. Adrian Charles Cuthbert Seligman, RNR) was escorting a convoy from Benghazi to Alexandria when she struck a mine and sank off Derna in position 32º48'N, 21º10'E. There were some casualties but none fatal. The crew was picked up HMS Southern Maid. Most likely the mine she hit was one of the minefield laid on 21 July 1940 by the British minelaying submarine HMS Rorqual.


Commands listed for HMS Erica (K 50)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Cecil Riley, RNR3 Aug 1940Jul 1942
2T/Lt. Adrian Charles Cuthbert Seligman, RNRJul 19429 Feb 1943

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Notable events involving Erica include:

3 Feb 1942
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Delphinium (Cdr.(Retd.) R.L. Spalding, RN) and HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR). (1)

26 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR) and another vessel who's name is unreadable in the log of HMS Otus. (2)


  1. ADM 173/17356
  2. ADM 173/17331

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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