Allied Warships

HMS Lotus (ii) (K 130)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 130 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) and N.E. Marine 
Laid down26 Mar 1941 
Launched16 Jan 1942 
Commissioned9 May 1942 
End service 

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.
Refitted as bouy-boat at Smith's Dock in 1948.
Last season as whaler 1962/1963.
Towed from Leith Harbour to Melsomvik in spring 1963 and laid up.
Sold in December 1966 for breaking up in Belgium.
Towed together with Southern Briar (ex. HMS Cyclamen) by tug Temi III.
Towing wire broke on 18 December in stormy weather, both ships grounded and wrecked off Jutland.

Former nameHMS Phlox

Commands listed for HMS Lotus (ii) (K 130)

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1Lt. Harry John Hall, RNR1 May 19423 Sep 1943
2Lt. Charles Shea Thomas, RNR3 Sep 194327 Jun 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Juan Boyd Bald, RNVR27 Jun 1944early 1945
4T/Lt. Thomas Spencer Cox, RNVRearly 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Lotus (ii) include:

5 Jul 1942
The British merchant River Afton is torpedoed and sunk north-east of Kola in position 75°57'N, 43°00'E by German U-boat U-703. HMS Lotus (Lt. H.J. Hall, RNR) later picks up 33 survivors.

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).

4 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Upshur, HNoMS St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN), HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR). (1)

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)

24 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Lotus (Lt. C.S. Thomas, RNR). (5)

25 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Lotus (Lt. C.S. Thomas, RNR). (5)

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)


  1. ADM 173/17793
  2. ADM 173/18350
  3. ADM 173/17771
  4. Personal communication
  5. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173/19424

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

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