Allied Warships

HMS Nigella (K 19)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 19 
Built byGeorge Philip & Sons Ltd. (Dartmouth, U.K.) : Clark 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down28 Nov 1939 
Launched21 Sep 1940 
Commissioned25 Feb 1941 
End service 
History

Sold in 1947 and became the merchantile Nigelock.
Sunk on 10 March 1955.

 

Commands listed for HMS Nigella (K 19)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Thomas Willis Coyne, RNR14 Jan 194121 Sep 1941
2Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNR21 Sep 194122 Sep 1941
3T/Lt. Logie James Simpson, RNR22 Sep 1941Jul 1943
4T/Lt. Charles Lyndon Livsey Davies, RNVRJul 19432 May 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Evelyn Eastman, SANF(V)2 May 194423 Nov 1944
6T/Lt. Frank Fitzpatrick Johnson, RANVR23 Nov 1944Aug 1945
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Ritchie Ballentyne Campbell, RNRAug 194514 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Nigella include:


9 May 1941
HMS Nigella (T/Lt. T.W. Coyne, RNR) picks up 45 survivors from the British merchant Empire Cloud that was torpedoed by U-201 east-north-east of Cape Farwell in position 61°00'N, 32°30'W.

15 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (1)

16 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (1)

18 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (1)

30 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN), HMS Woodruff (A/Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Freesia (T/Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (1)

25 Jan 1944
The British merchant Fort la Maune is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-188 east-north-east of Socotra Island in position 13°04'N, 56°30'E. HMS Nigella (T/Lt. C.L.L. Davies, RNVR) later picks up 56 survivors.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16988

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


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