HMS Abelia (K184)
At Hvalfjord, Iceland after a patrol in the North Atlantic in search of the German battleship Tirpitz, January 1942
|Builder:||Harland and Wolff, Belfast|
|Launched:||28 November 1940|
|Completed:||3 February 1941|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K184|
|Fate:||Sold as merchant ship 1947. Scrapped 1966.|
|Class and type:||Flower-class corvette|
|Displacement:||925 long tons|
|Length:||205 ft (62 m) o/a|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)|
|Speed:||16 kn (30 km/h)|
|Range:||3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)|
|Commanders:||Orme G. Stuart (1943–1944)|
|Operations:||Battle of the Atlantic|
On 9 January 1944 Abelia encountered a U-Boat while on convoy escort duty, and moved to attack with depth charges. Lieutenant Stuart ordered an increase in speed at 950 yards to prevent being torpedoed, not knowing that the U-boat was equipped with T5 torpedoes, for which he would have needed to increase speed at 700 yards. Abelia was hit and lost her rudder, and the U-boat escaped.
She was sold in 1947 and became the merchant vessel Kraft in 1948. She was renamed Arne Skontorp in 1954. She was eventually scrapped in December 1966.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.