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Name: ARBUTUS
Type: Patrol Frigate or Sloop
Keel: 21/05/1917
Launched: 08/09/1917
Completed: 31/10/1917
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 926
Dimensions: 1290disp, 250.0 x 35.0 x 11.5(draft)ft
Engines: T4cyl, 2500hp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co, Wallsend
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 16.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 2 x 1 x 4.0ins, 1 x 12pdr guns; depth charges
History:
31/10/1917 British Royal Navy
16/12/1917 Sank
Comments: Member of the Flower Class - Anchusa Type
Designed as Q ships, to look like merchant ships to U-Boats
15/12/1917: Torpedoed by U-Boat UB65 in St George's Channel
16/12/1917: Torpedoed & sunk by U-Boat whilst under tow, 20 miles S of Milford Haven


Above photo is of sister AURICULA. Photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo is of sister CEANOTHUS. Photo courtesy of Photoship