HMS Bergamot (K189)
HMS Bergamot, July 1942
|Builder:||Harland and Wolff|
|Laid down:||15 October 1940|
|Launched:||15 February 1941|
|Commissioned:||12 May 1941|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K189|
|Fate:||Sold to Greek Ferry Company to service Greek Islands, May 1946|
|Status:||Broken Up 1974|
|Class & type:||Flower-class corvette|
On two occasions Bergamot was involved in Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union, once to Murmansk and once to Archangel. Most notably she took part in convoy PQ 18, sailing all the way from Loch Ewe in Scotland to Russia, subjected for days on end to attacks by German aircraft.
She sailed from Liverpool with the convoy which initiated the Allied invasion of North Africa in 1943. From then on the Mediterranean was her home: escorting supplies to Tobruk; being involved in the invasions at Salerno in September 1943 and Anzio in January 1944; she was also present when the Italian fleet surrendered to the Allies.
Post-war mercantile service
After the war she was sold in May 1946 to a Greek company and became a ferry, carrying passengers between the various Greek islands. She belonged to different companies and had different names — Syros, Delphini and Ekaterina. She was broken up in 1974.