HMS Borage (K120)

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HMS Borage
HMS Borage underway. As originally built with minesweeping gear on bow.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Borage
Namesake: Borage
Builder: George Brown & Co, Greenock
Yard number: J1161
Laid down: 27 November 1940
Launched: 22 November 1941
Completed: 29 April 1942
Decommissioned: 1946
Identification: Pennant number: K120
Fate: Transferred to the Irish Naval Service
General characteristics [1][2]
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 925 long tons (940 t; 1,036 short tons)
Length: 205 ft (62.48 m)o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10.06 m)
Draught: 11.5 ft (3.51 m)
  • single shaft
  • 2 × fire tube Scotch boilers
  • 1 × 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
  • 2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (29.6 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km) at 12 knots (22.2 km/h)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × SW1C or 2C radar
  • 1 × Type 123A or Type 127DV ASDIC

HMS Borage was a Flower-class corvette that served in the Royal Navy during World War II.


Borage was ordered in July 1939 as part of the Royal Navy's 1939 War Emergency building programme. She was laid down by George Brown & Co. of Greenock on 27 November 1940, launched 22 November 1941 and completed 29 April 1942. After working up and trials she joined Western Approaches Command for anti-submarine warfare and convoy escort duties

Service history[edit]

From July 1942 onwards Borage served with close escort groups for convoys on the North Atlantic, Gibraltar and South Atlantic routes. In three years she helped guard more than 50 merchant convoys (outbound and homebound); from these just two ships were damaged and none were lost. Borage contributed to the safe and timely arrival of more than 1,000 merchant ships. In December 1943 she was part of the close escort to convoy JW 55B, which was subject to a failed attack resulting in the sinking of the Scharnhorst. With the end of hostilities Borage was decommissioned and in 1946 she was sold.

Post-war service[edit]

In 1946 Borage was sold to the Irish Naval Service where she was commissioned as Macha.[3] She was scrapped in November 1970.


  1. ^ Elliott p186
  2. ^ Conway p62
  3. ^ Blackman, Raymond V B, Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, London, p74


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