Allied Warships

HMS Marguerite (K 54)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 54 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down30 Dec 1939 
Launched8 Jul 1940 
Commissioned20 Nov 1940 
End service 

Sold in 1947 and used as a weather observation ship until scrapped on 8 September 1961 at Gent, Belgium.


Commands listed for HMS Marguerite (K 54)

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1Lt. Arthur Norman Blundell, RNR16 Oct 1940Jul 1943
2T/Lt. Frank Fitzpatrick Johnson, RANVRJul 194315 May 1944
3T/Lt. George Kenneth Wrigley, RNVR15 May 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Marguerite include:

13 Dec 1940
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H. Tichelman, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Marguerite (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Blundell, RNR), HMS Pelican (Cdr. L.A.K. Boswell, DSO, RN) and the A/P trawler Duchesse de Brabant. (1)

18 Dec 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Marguerite (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Blundell, RNR) and HMS Lady Rosemary (T/Lt. G.H. Oldridge, RNR). (2)

19 Mar 1941
HMS Marguerite (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Blundell, RNR) picks up 58 survivors from the Dutch merchant Mandalika that was torpedoed and sunk east of the Canary Islands in position 18°16'N, 21°26'W by German U-boat U-105.

22 May 1941

Convoy WS 8B

Convoy from the Clyde to Aden where it was dissolved.
Departure date: 22 May 1941.
Arrival date: 4 July 1941.

The following merchant ships (mostly troopships) were part of this convoy;
Abosso (11330 GRT, built 1935), Almanzora (15551 GRT, built 1914), Duchess of Richmond (20022 GRT, built 1928), Georgic (27759 GRT, built 1932), Martand (7967 GRT, built 1925), Orduna (15507 GRT, built 1914).

Christian Huygens (16287 GRT, built 1927).

The aircraft carrier HMS Argus (Capt. T.O. Bulteel, RN) was also part of the convoy. She was to proceed to Gibraltar to deliver replacement aircraft. She detached from the convoy on 27 May 1941. In the morning of 28 May 1941, she was joined by the destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN) which escorted her to Gibraltar.

Escort was initially provided by the following warships;
Heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN), light (AA) cruiser HMS Cairo (A/Capt. I.R.H. Black, RN), HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. G.H. Stokes, DSC, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. H.R. Graham, DSO, RN), ORP Piorun (Cdr. E.J.S. Plawski), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. E.R. Mainguy, RCN), HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lay, RCN) and the escort destroyer HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN).

On 26 May 1941, all escorts were detached except HMS Exeter.

On 2 June 1941, while approaching Freetown, the destroyers HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton, DSC, RN) and HMS Duncan (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell, RN) joined the convoy. The next day the corvette HMS Marguerite (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Blundell, RNR) also joined.

The convoy arrived at Freetown on 4 June 1941.

The convoy, less Abosso and Christiaan Huygens, departed Freetown on 6 June. It was escorted by the Exeter and had a local escort of the destroyers HMS Duncan, HMS Boreas and HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN). The destroyers were detached on 8 June.

The convoy arrived at Durban, South Africa on 20 June 1941.

The convoy departed Durban for Aden on 23 June. The Dutch Nieuw Zeeland (11069 GRT, built 1928) had joined the convoy at Durban. Escort was still provided by HMS Exeter.

The convoy was dissolved off Aden on 4 July 1941 and the ships proceeded to their destination independently.

31 May 1941
The British merchant Sire is torpedoed and sunk west-south-west of Freetown in position 08°50'N, 15°30'W by German U-boat U-107. HMS Marguerite (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Blundell, RNR) later picks up 46 survivors.

1 Jun 1941
HMS Marguerite (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Blundell, RNR) picks up 62 survivors from the British merchant Alfred Jones that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-107 140 nautical miles west-south-west of Freetown in position 08°00'N, 15°00'W.

31 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Falmouth (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodhead, RD, RNR) and HMS Marguerite (T/Lt. G.K. Wrigley, RNVR). (3)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/20272

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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