Allied Warships

HMS Arabis (K 73)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 73 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down30 Oct 1939 
Launched14 Feb 1940 
Commissioned5 Apr 1940 
End service30 Apr 1942 

Ordered for the French Navy, launched as HMS Arabis.
Transferred to the U.S.N. at Belfast on 30 April 1942 and was commissioned in the U.S.N. on the same day.
Decommissioned by the U.S.N. at Chatham, England, on 20 August 1945 and returned to the R.N. on 26 August 1945.
She was renamed HMS Snapdragon.
Sold in 1946.
Became the mercantile Katina in 1947.

Career notesTo the United States Navy as USS Saucy

Commands listed for HMS Arabis (K 73)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Parker Stewart, RNR23 Dec 1940Apr 1942

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Notable events involving Arabis include:

19 Jun 1940
HMS Arabis (Lt.Cdr. Arthur Blewett, 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. Arthur Blewett, 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).

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