HMS Spiraea (K08)
HMS Spiraea, 25 April 1942
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Ordered:||21 September 1939|
|Laid down:||31 May 1940|
|Launched:||31 October 1940|
|Commissioned:||27 February 1941|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K08|
|Fate:||Sold to Greece, renamed Thessaloniki|
|Class & 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)|
|Propulsion:||1 × 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
2 × fire tube Scotch boilers
2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)
|Speed:||16 kn (30 km/h)|
|Range:||3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)|
|1 × SW1C or 2C radar
1 × Type 123A or Type 127DV sonar
The corvette was launched on 31 October 1940 at Glasgow, Scotland and entered nominal service on 27 February 1941. In 1943, she recovered the survivors of two separate sinkings (the merchant vessels Oporto and Fort Howe), of which the Fort Howe effort was in conjunction with Alisma.
Spiraea was sold to Greece in August 1945 and became the Thessaloniki.
- 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.
- Helgason Helgason (2009), HMS Spiraea (K 08): Corvette of the Flower class, uboat.net. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
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