HMS Erica (K 50)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||22 Feb 1940|
|Launched||18 Jun 1940|
|Commissioned||9 Aug 1940|
|Lost||9 Feb 1943|
|Loss position||32° 48'N, 21° 10'E|
HMS Erica (Lt. Adrian Charles Cuthbert Seligman, RNR) was escorting a convoy from Benghazi to Alexandria when she struck a mine and sank off Derna in position 32º48'N, 21º10'E. There were some casualties but none fatal. The crew was picked up HMS Southern Maid. Most likely the mine she hit was one of the minefield laid on 21 July 1940 by the British minelaying submarine HMS Rorqual.
Commands listed for HMS Erica (K 50)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Cecil Riley, RNR||3 Aug 1940||Jul 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Adrian Charles Cuthbert Seligman, RNR||Jul 1942||9 Feb 1943|
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Notable events involving Erica include:
26 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR) and another vessel who's name is unreadable in the log of HMS Otus. (1)
- ADM 173/17331
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.