The History of the SPIKENARD

Commissioned on Dec 6, 1940, at Quebec City, she arrived at Halifax five days later to complete fitting out and working up. She left Halifax on January 21, 1941, escorting convoy HX.104 to the U.K., where she received her finishing touches at South Shields, Tyne, from February 4 to April 21. She arrived at Tobermory on April 22 to work up, and on June 10 left Aultbea to escort convoy OB.332. Arriving at Halifax on June 25, she joined Newfoundland Command, and between July, 1941 and January, 1942, made three round trips to Iceland as ocean escort. On February 1, 1942, she left St. John's for convoy SC.67 on the recently inaugurated "Newfie-Derry" run, and on February 10 was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland by U 136. There were only eight survivors.

SPIKENARD Statistical Data

  • Pendant: K198
  • Type: Corvette
  • Class: FLOWER Class 1939-1940
  • Displacement: 950 tonnes
  • Length: 205.1 ft
  • Width: 33.1 ft
  • Draught: 11.5 ft
  • Speed: 16 kts
  • Compliment: 6 Officers and 79 Crew
  • Arms: 1-4" Gun, 1-2 pdr, 2-20mm, Hedgehog
  • Builder: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Que.
  • Keel Laid: 24-Feb-40
  • Date Launched: 10-Aug-40
  • Date Commissioned: 15-May-41
  • Paid off: 10-Feb-42


Torpedoed and sunk by U136, south of Iceland, while escorting convoy SC.67. There were only eight survivors.

Keywords: HMCS SPIKENARD, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Corvette, FLOWER Class 1939-1940 Class