HMS Lotus (ii) (K 130)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Charles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) and N.E. Marine|
|Laid down||26 Mar 1941|
|Launched||16 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||9 May 1942|
HMS Lotus is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Bought by Salvesen in 1947 and became the merchantile Southern Lotus.
|Former name||HMS Phlox|
Commands listed for HMS Lotus (ii) (K 130)
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|1||Lt. Harry John Hall, RNR||1 May 1942||3 Sep 1943|
|2||Lt. Charles Shea Thomas, RNR||3 Sep 1943||27 Jun 1944|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Juan Boyd Bald, RNVR||27 Jun 1944||early 1945|
|4||T/Lt. Thomas Spencer Cox, RNVR||early 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Lotus (ii) include:
12 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-660 was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Oran, in position 36°07'N, 01°00'W, by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RNR) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR).
27 May 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Poppy (T/Lt. D.R.C. Onslow, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, DSC, RNR), HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR) and HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, DSC, RN). (2)
22 Jun 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lotus (Lt. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (3)
4 Oct 1943
HMS Lotus (Lt. C.S. Thomas, RNR) picked up survivors while on escort duty for convoy UGS.18 Leaving Hampton Roads on the 15th September for Port Said arriving 13th October 1943. Ship SS Fort Fitzgerald bound from New York to Alexandria, the ship was near Cape Tenes, west of Algiers (36deg42N/01deg17E). when she was severely damaged by German aircraft and had to be sunk the following day by one of the escorting destroyers. Several of the crew were killed and survivors dropped off in Algiers. (4)
8 Dec 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR), HMS Poppy (Lt. H. Roach, RNR) and HMS Lotus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.B. Bald, MBE, RNVR). (6)
- ADM 173/17793
- ADM 173/18350
- ADM 173/17771
- Personal communication
- File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19424
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.