HMS Lotus

Vessel name on Arrival: Southern Lotus

Original Builder: Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol & Ailsa S.B. Company

Original Yard No: 286

Official Number:

Vessel Type: corvette

GRT: 940

Year Built: 1941

Arrival Date: 24/04/1951

Breakup Started: 29/04/1951

Date First Beached: 25/04/1951

Date Breakup Completed: 10/06/1951

Draught For’d: 6' 0"

Draught Aft: 9' 0"

Name Changes:

17-01-1942  :  Launched as HMS Lotus for the Royal Navy

23-05-1942  :  Completed as FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves (Free French Navy)

31-05-1947  :  Returned to the Royal Navy by the Free French Navy

Jan'y 1948   :  Sold to Salvesen & Company, Leith and converted to the steam whaler S.S. Souhern Lotus

 

 

Other Information:

Flower-Class Corvette ordered and built as the patrol frigate HMS Lotus  –  Pennant No. K 93

 

12-12-1939  :  Ordered

26-05-1941  :  Keel laid down

17-01-1942  :  Launched

23-05-1942  :  Completed

 

Tonnages  :  940 tons – gross                  1,180 tons – displacement

 

Dimensions  :  62.6 metres  x  10.1 metres  x  4.04 metres

 

Propulsion  :  Triple-expansion steam reciprocating engine, developing 2,750 HP

Boilers  :  Two single-ended cylindrical Boilers

Vessel Speed  :  16 knots

 

Complement  :  85 officers and crew

 

Armaments  :  1 x 102 mm            1 x 40 mm               4 x 20 mm

 

Ranges  :  16 knots = 2,360 nautical miles      12 knots = 3,450 nautical miles      10 knots =  5,000 nautical miles