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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY N P Q R SHIPS

7)PETUNIA (CORVETTE)



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Completed: 1940


Displacement: 925 long tons (940 t; 1,036 ST)


Length: 205 ft


Beam: 33 ft


Draught: 11,5 ft


Propulsion: single shaft, 2 × water tube 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


Speed: 16 kts


Complement: 85


Sensors and processing system: 1 × SW1C or 2C radar, 1 × Type 123A or Type 127DV sonar


Range: 3500 nautical miles (6842 km) at 12 knots.


In March 1942 HMS Petunia K 79  was nominated for service at Freetown for convoy escort duties, attached to 40th Escort Group with Corvettes HMS Armeria, HMS Clarkia, Destroyer HMS Boreas and HMS Wild Swan.


She was very active in the south Atlantic having rescued survivors from British Merchant Agapenor sunk 11 Oct 42 by U-87 in pos. 06 53’’ N 15 23’’W. 124 men including 36 survivors from Merchant Glendene sunk 8 Oct. Agapenor carried 6500 tons of general cargo and 750 tons of copper.


On 9 Oct 42 HMS Petunia rescued the master, 157 crew members, nine gunners, 79 passengers and five DBS from British ship Andalucia Star, sunk 06/10/42 by U – 107 in position 06º 38’ N 15º 46’W. The ship was loaded with a cargo of 5374 tons of frozen meat and 32 tons of eggs. Survivors landed at Freetown.


On 24 Sep 42 HMS Petunia and HMS St Wistan rescued the master, 44 crew members and six gunners from British Bruyère sunk 23/09/42 by U – 125 in position  04º 55’ N 17º 16’ W. Bruyère was loaded with a cargo of 6729 tons of foodstuffs and general cargo. Survivors were taken to Freetown


 

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