30 April – 1917 – Sails from Malta

DIARY: Left Grand harbour Valetta at 5pm and proceeded to sea in company with a collier. Escorted by two ships of the Flower Class, Geranium and Cyclamen.

diary-20HMS Geranium, was launched in 1915.  In 1920 she was sold to join the Australian Navy and sunk as a target ship in 1935.

hms_geranium1HMS Cyclamen was a similar Flower Class minesweeper, launched in 1916.  On her maiden voyage she mistook an Italian submarine for a German U-boat and sank it by gunfire and ramming it.  There are rumours that there was mutiny aboard the ship in 1919.  She was sold for breaking up in 1932. These ships were considered less valuable than Destroyers and so were often used in convoy duties.




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