ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
MARGUERITE
Type
CORVETTE
Date
1940
Description
Yard Number: 754
K54
Laid down 30 December 1939, commissioned 20 November 1940

Flower Class corvette built by Hall Russell Limited in 1940 for coastal defence and convoy escort duties.

After the Second World War she was transferred to the Air Ministry, renamed 'Weather Observer', and fitted out as a floating meteorological observatory in 1947. She was one of four such ships operated by the Air Ministry in the North Atlantic. Every six hours the crew would launch hydrogen balloons to record the temperature, humidity and pressure at 50,000 feet in order to help forecast the unpredictable British weather. The ship was scrapped at Ghent, Belgium, on 8 September 1961.
[details from National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. NB - NMM also have a model of Marguerite as a weather ship in their collections]

Five Flower Class corvettes were built by Hall Russell's; CORIANDER, MARGUERITE, MIGNONETTE, MARIGOLD and LOOSESTRIFE. Of these, only MARIGOLD did not survive the war as she was sunk by Italian aircraft off Algiers in 1942.

Owner
Royal Navy
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 190 3/6' x breadth 33 1/12' x depth 17 7/12'

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