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Flower Class sloops. There were five main flower class types: Acacia, Azalea, Arabis, Aubretia and Anchusa. Short histories of each are displayed below along with photographs of the ships where available.

NAME LAUNCHED FATE

Acacia Class Sweeping Sloops

HMS Acacia 15th April 1915 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Anemone 30th June 1915 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Aster 1st May 1915 Mined and sunk on 4th July 1917.
HMS Bluebell 24th July 1915 Sold in May 1930.
HMS Daffodil 17th August 1915 Sold in February 1935.

 

 HMS Daffodil photographed 1930 before being scrapped in 1935  

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX159

Crew from HMS Daffodil  

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX160

HMS Daffodil a c.1918 at Zeebrugge. She was originally a Mersey ferry commandeered for the Zeebrugge raid. and with the passenger deck windows plated over,  along with her sister ship she carried marines across to Zeebrugge (text supplied by David Hathaway)  

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX161

Please note tat this Daffodil is not the Acacia class sloop

HMS Magnolia 26th June 1915 Sold in July 1932.

Crew of HMS Magnolia in Hong Kong c.1920. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX162

HMS Dahlia 21st April 1915 Sold in July 1932.

HMS Dahlia in dry dock at Malta, 1927.

Sent in by Marc.

HMS Dahlia.

Thanks to Marc for the photograph.

HMS Daphne 19th May 1915 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Foxglove 30th March 1915 Sold for scrapping in September 1946.
HMS Hollyhock 1st May 1915 Sold in October 1930.
HMS Lily 6th June 1915 Sold in June 1930.
HMS Mallow 13th July 1915 Transferred to Australian Navy in July 1919. Used as target and sunk on 1st August 1935.
HMS Honeysuckle 29th April 1915 Sold on September 1922.
HMS Iris 1st June 1915 Sold in January 1920.
HMS Jonquil 12th May 1915 Transferred to Portugal in May 1920.
HMS Laburnum 10th June 1915 Lost off Singapore in February 1942.
HMS Larkspur 11th May 1915 Sold in March 1922.
HMS Lavender 12th June 1915 Sunk by torpedo on 4th May 1917.
HMS Lilac 29th April 1915 Sold in December 1922.
HMS Marigold 27th May 1915 Sold in January 1920.
HMS Mimosa 16th July 1915 Sold in November 1922.
HMS Primrose 29th June 1915 Sold in April 1923.
HMS Sunflower 28th May 1915 Sold on 27th January 1921.
HMS Veronica 27th May 1915 Sold on 22nd February 1935.

Azalea Class Sweeping Sloops

HMS Azalea 10th September 1915 Sold in February 1923.
HMS Begonia 26th August 1915 Converted to Q-ship renamed Dolcis, then Jessop then Q10. Lost on 2nd October 1917 after colliding with U151.
HMS Camellia 25th September 1915 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Carnation 6th September 1915 Sold in January 1922.
HMS Clematis 29th July 1915 Sold in February 1931.
HMS Heliotrope 10th September 1915 Sold in January 1935.
HMS Myrtle 11th October 1915 Mined and sunk on 16th July 1919.
HMS Jessamine 9th September 1915 Sold in December 1922.
HMS Zinnia 12th August 1915 Transferred to Belgium in April 1920.
HMS Narcissus 22nd September 1915 Sold in December 1922.
HMS Peony 27th October 1915 Sold in August 1919.
HMS Snowdrop 7th October 1915 Sold in January 1923.

Arabis Class Sweeping Sloops

HMS Alyssum 5th November 1915 Mined and sunk on 18th March 1917.
HMS Amaryllis 9th December 1915 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Arabis 6th November 1915 Sunk during action on 10th February 1916.
HMS Asphodel 21st December 1915 Transferred to Denmark on 16th June 1920 and renamed Fylla.
HMS Berberis 3rd February 1916 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Buttercup 24th October 1915 Sold in February 1920.
HMS Campanula 25th December 1915 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Celandine 19th February 1916 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Cornflower 30th March 1916 Bombed and sunk on 19th December 1941.

Arabis class sloop HMS Cornflower 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX163

HMS Crocus 24th December 1915 Sold in July 1930.
HMS Cyclamen 22nd February 1916 Sold in July 1932.
HMS Delphinium 23rd December 1915 Sold in October 1933.
HMS Genista 22nd February 1916 Torpedoed and sunk on 23rd October 1916.
HMS Gentian 23rd December 1916 Mined and sunk on 16th July 1919.
HMS Geranium 8th November 1915 Transferred to Australian Navy in 1920. Used as a target and eventually sunk on 24th April 1935.
HMS Gladiolus 25th October 1915 Transferred to Portugal in September 1920 and renamed Republica.
HMS Godetia 8th January 1916 Sold in February 1937.

HMS Godetia pictured in July 1935 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX164

HMS Godetia pictured c.1930, she was used as a North Sea fishery protection ship based at Lowestoft.

Original book photo plate available, image size 7" x 4". Printed in 1930. Price 10 including post. Order code HAR87.

HMS Godetia - Hamburg, December 1935. Sent in by Nick Prowse.

HMS Hydrangea 2nd March 1916 Sold in April 1920.
HMS Lobelia 7th March 1916 Sold in March 1920.
HMS Lupin 31st May 1916 Sold in March 1946.
HMS Marguerite 23rd November 1915 Transferred to Australian Navy in 1919. Used for target and sunk on 1st August 1935.
HMS Mignonette 26th January 1916 Mined and sunk on 17th March 1917.
HMS Myosotis 4th April 1916 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Nasturtium 21st December 1915 Mined and sunk on 27th April 1916.
HMS Nigella 10th December 1915 Sold in November 1922.
HMS Pansy 1st February 1916 Sold in January 1920.
HMS Pentstemon 15th February 1916 Sold in April 1920.
HMS Petunia 3rd April 1916 Sold in December 1922.
HMS Poppy 9th November 1915 Sold in April 1923.
HMS Primula 6th December 1915 Torpedoed and sunk on 1st March 1916.
HMS Rosemary 22nd November 1915 Saw service in WW2. Sold in December 1947.
HMS Snapdragon 21st December 1915 Sold in May 1934.

HMS Snapdragon of the Arabis class fleet sweeping Sloops. Built and entered service 21st December 1915. Captured  U.68 and took crew prisoners including  Donitz  pictured here in 1918.  

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX165

HMS Snapdragon. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX166

HMS Valerian 21st February 1916 Foundered on 22nd October 1926.
HMS Verbena 9th November 1915 Sold in October 1933.
HMS Wallflower 8th November 1915 Sold in August 1931.
HMS Wisteria 7th December 1915 Sold in January 1931.

Aubretia Class Convoy Sloops

HMS Aubretia 17th June 1916 Sold in October 1922.
HMS Heather 16th June 1916 Sold in February 1932. 
HMS Salvia 16th June 1916 Torpedoed and sunk on 20th June 1917.
HMS Tamarisk 2nd June 1916 Sold in October 1922.
HMS Tulip 15th July 1916 Torpedoed and sunk on 30th April 1917.
HMS Viola 14th July 1916 Sold in October 1922.
HMS Andromeda June 1917 Transferred to France in 1917.
HMS Gaillardia 19th May 1917 Mined and sunk on 22nd March 1918.
HMS Hibiscus 17th November 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Lychnis 21st August 1917 Transferred to Indian Marine in September 1921. She was scrapped in 1946.
HMS Montbretia 3rd September 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Polyanthus 24th September 1917 Sold in May 1921.

Anchusa Class Convoy Sloops

HMS Anchusa 21st April 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 16th July 1918.
HMS Arbutus 8th September 917 Torpedoed and sunk in 1917?
HMS Auricula 4th October 1917 Sold in February 1923.
HMS Bergamot 5th May 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 13th August 1917.
HMS Bryony 27th October 1917 Scrapped in 1938.

HMS Bryony pictured c.1920 in Venice 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX167

HMS Candytuft 19th May 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 18th November 1917.
HMS Ceanothus 2nd June 1917 Transferred to Indian Marine in May 1922, renamed Elphinstone. Wrecked on 29th January 1925.
HMS Chrysanthemum 10th November 1917 Became drill ship with RNVR in 1938. May still be moored off the London embankment.

Crew of HMS Chrysanthemum in Malta c.1927 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX168

Refugees coming aboard HMS Chrysanthemum at Valencia, taken to Barcelona to catch liner bound for Marseilles, August/September 1936.

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Refugees onboard HMS Chrysanthemum at Barcelona where they left for France in a liner, August / September 1936.

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Refugees waiting to leave HMS Chrysanthemum for liner to France at Barcelona, late august 1936.

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HMS Convolvulus 19th May 1917 Sold in 1922.
HMS Coreopsis 15th September 1917 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Cowslip 19th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 25th April 1918.
HMS Dianthus 1st December 1917 Sold in June 1921.
HMS Eglantine 22nd June 1917 Sold in December 1921.
HMS Gardenia 27th December 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Gilia 15th March 1918 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Harebell 10th May 1918 Scrapped in 1939.

HMS Harebell.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX399

HMS Ivy 31st October 1917 Sold in February 1920.
HMS Marjoram 26th December 1917 Wrecked in January 1921.
HMS Mistletoe 17th November 1917 Sold in January 1921.
HMS Pelargonium 18th March 1918 Sold in May 1921.
HMS Rhododendron 15th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 5th May 1918.
HMS Saxifrage 29th January 1918 Became drill ship President with RNVR in 1921. Extant 1985.
HMS Silene 13th March 1918 Sold in December 1921.
HMS Spiraea 1st November 1917 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Sweetbriar 5th October 1917 Sold in October 1927.
HMS Syringa 29th September 1917 Transferred to Egypt on 31st March 1920, renamed Sollum.
HMS Tuberose 16th November 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Windflower 12th April 1918 Sold in October 1927.
 

Unknown ship possibly RN sloop.

Sean Paul Talbot has proposed that this might be an Aubretia or Anchusa class sloop.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHX158

 

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