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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY J K L M SHIPS

7)MARGUERITE (CORVETTE)



The picture shows HMS Marguerite as Weather Observer circa 1947 

Photo.www.weatherships.co.uk 



Completed:  1940


Displacement:  940 tons


Length:  205 ft


Beam:  33 ft


Draught:  11,5 ft


Propulsion: 1939-1940 program, single shaft, 2 × fire tube Scotch boilers, 1 × 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine, 2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)


Armament:  1 × 4 inch BL Mk.IX single gun, 2 × Vickers .50 machine guns (twin), 2 × .303 inch Lewis machine gun (twin), 2 × Mk.II depth charge throwers, 2 × depth charge rails with 40 depth charges, originally fitted with minesweeping gear, later removed


Range: 3,500 niles


Complement: 85


Speed:  16 kts


Fate: Sold in 1947 as a weather ship. Scrapped on 8 September 1961 at Ghent.


HMS Marguerite served in the south Atlantic station Freetown. She rescued the master, the commodore, six naval staff members, 38 crew members, four gunners and 12 passengers from British merchant Alfred Jones sunk 01 Jun 41 by U-107 in pos. 08º 00”N 15º 00”W and landed at Freetown. Alfred Jones had a cargo of RAF planes, lorries and 180 tons of steel. 14 men were lost.


HMS Marguerite rescued the master and 45 crew members from British merchant Sire, sailing in ballast. She was  sunk 31/MAY/41 by U-107 in pos. 08º 50"N 15º 30"W. Survivors landed at Freetown on 6 June.


 

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