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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

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'FLOWER' AZALEA fleet sweeping sloops (1915)

nearly sister-ship Primrose 1917

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Clematis T35, T22 373 Greenock & Grangemouth 1915 29/7/1915 9/1915 sold 2/1931
Zinnia T42, T92 1000 Swan Hunter, Low Walker 1915 12/8/1915 9/1915 to Belgium 4/1920 (Zinnia)
Begonia T33 532 Barclay Curle, Whiteinch 1915 26/8/1915 10/1915 sunk 2/10/1917
Carnation T36, T13 374 Greenock & Grangemouth 1915 6/9/1915 10/1915 sold 1/1922
Jessamine T43, T47 1002 Swan Hunter, Low Walker 1915 9/9/1915 10/1915 sold 12/1922
Heliotrope T37, T41 805 Lobnitz, Renfrew 1915 10/9/1915 10/1915 sold 1/1935
Azalea T32, T07 531 Barclay Curle, Whiteinch 1915 10/9/1915 10/1915 sold 2/1923
Narcissus T41, T66 205 Napier & Miller, Old Kirkpatrick 1915 22/9/1915 11/1915 sold 9/1922
Camellia T34, T15 319 Bow McLachlan, Paisley 1915 25/9/1915 11/1915 sold 1/1923
Peony T39, T71 462 Archibald & McMillan, Dumbarton 1915 27/10/1915 12/1915 sold 8/1919
Snowdrop T40, T80 463 Archibald & McMillan, Dumbarton 1915 7/10/1915 11/1915 sold 1/1923
Myrtle T38, T65 806 Lobnitz, Renfrew 1915 11/10/1915 11/1915 sunk 16/7/1919

 

Displacement normal, t

1210

Displacement full, t

1275

Length, m

76.2 pp 80.0 oa

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

3.36

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

1800

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal 130

Endurance, nm(kts) 2000(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 120/40 QF Mk I/II/III/IV, 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, sweeps

some later ships: 2 x 1 - 102/44 BL Mk IX or 102/45 BL Mk X or 102/40 QF Mk IV, 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, sweeps

Complement

90

Ship project history: A repeat order for minesweeping sloops was placed in May 1915, but with heavier armament, in view of the likelihood of German raids on the sweeping flotillas. It was hoped to provide 120mm guns for them all, but the later ships had 102mm. In other respects they were virtually identical, and came into service in September-December 1915

Modernizations: 1916 - 1917, all survived: + 2 DCT, 1 DCR

1916 - 1917, Begonia: was converted to decoy ship resembling a small coaster.

Naval service: Begonia was converted to a Q-Ship or antisubmarine decoy, being rebuilt at Haulbowline near Queenstown 1916-17 to resemble a small coaster. She recommissioned on 9 August 1917 and used the names Dolcis, Jessop and Q10. She was sunk in collision with the large U-boat U151 off Casablanca 2/10/1917. Myrtle was mined in the Gulf of Finland during operations against the Bolsheviks 16/7/1919, Zinnia was transferred to Belgium in April 1920 and retained her name.

Primrose

Ivan Gogin, 2008-13