HMS Arabis (K 73)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||30 Oct 1939|
|Launched||14 Feb 1940|
|Commissioned||5 Apr 1940|
|End service||30 Apr 1942|
Ordered for the French Navy, launched as HMS Arabis.
|Career notes||To the United States Navy as USS Saucy|
Commands listed for HMS Arabis (K 73)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Parker Stewart, RNR||23 Dec 1940||Apr 1942|
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Notable events involving Arabis include:
19 Jun 1940
HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. B. Blewitt, RNR) picks up 15 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Tudor that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 northwest of Cape Finisterre in position 45°10'N, 11°50'W.
21 Sep 1940
HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. B. Blewitt, RNR) picks up 23 survivors from the British whale factory ship New Sevilla that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-138 52 miles northwest of Rathlin Island in position 55°50'N, 07°30'W.
23 Jan 1941
The British merchant Lurigethan is bombed and damaged by a German FW200 aircraft. The crew abandoned ship and were picked up by the British corvette HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, RNR), which stayed near the ship to wait for a tug. At 02.12 hours on 26 January 1941, the burning and abandoned Lurigethan was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-105 west of Ireland in position 53°46'N, 16°00'W.
29 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-651 was sunk south of Iceland, in position 59°52'N, 18°36'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Malcolm (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSC, RN), HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, RN), the corvettes HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt.Cdr. K.M. Nicholson, RNR) and the minesweeper HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RNR).
HMS Arabis also picks up a survivor from the British merchant Greyburn one of U-651's last victims.