Allied Warships

HMS Gardenia (K 99)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 99 
Built byWilliam Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down20 Sep 1939 
Launched10 Apr 1940 
Commissioned24 May 1940 
Lost9 Nov 1942 
Loss position35° 49'N, 1° 05'W

HMS Gardenia (T/Lt. Maurice Murrowood Firth, RNVR) was sunk off Oran, Algeria in position 35º49'N, 01º05'W in a collision with the minesweeping trawler HMS Fluellen.


Commands listed for HMS Gardenia (K 99)

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1Lt.Cdr. Trevor Allan Owen Ellis, RD, RNR8 Apr 19404 Dec 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Harold Hill, RD, RNR4 Dec 1940Feb 1942
3T/Lt. Christopher James Jackson, RNVRFeb 194221 Aug 1942
4T/Lt. Maurice Murrowood Firth, RNVR21 Aug 19429 Nov 1942

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Notable events involving Gardenia include:

2 Jul 1940
HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. T.A.O. Ellis, RNR) picks up 13 survivors from the Estonian merchant Merkur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-26 on 30 June about 232 miles west of Ushant in position 48°26'N, 10°58'W.

16 Jul 1940
The British tanker Scottish Minstrel is torpedoed and damaged about 130 nautical miles north-west of Bloody Foreland in position 56°10'N, 10°20'W by German U-boat U-61. HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. T.A.O. Ellis, RNR) later picks up 32 survivors. The damaged tanker sank the next day.

23 Sep 1941
HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. H. Hill, RNR) picks up 11 survivors from the British merchant Niceto de Larrinaga that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-103 south-west of the Canary Islands in position 27°32'N, 24°26'W.

Feb 1942
The civil parish of Llangan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, adopted HMS Gardenia during Warship Week. This was presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, February 1942 (1)


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