HMS Solvra (FY 334)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||7 Sep 1937|
Completed in November 1937.
Returned to owner in September 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Solvra (FY 334)
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|1||T/Lt. John Charles Elder, RNVR||23 Apr 1942||24 Jul 1944|
|2||T/Lt. William Bertram Delaney, RNVR||24 Jul 1944||Dec 1944|
|3||T/Lt. Maxwell Low, DSC, RNVR||Dec 1944||mid/late45|
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Notable events involving Solvra include:
30 Mar 1943
Convoy MC 6.
This convoy departed Aden on 30 March 1943 for Durban via Kilindini.
On departure from Aden the convoy was made up of the (troop) transports; Arundel Castle (British, 19118 GRT, built 1921), City of Paris (British, 10902 GRT, built 1922), Maloja (British, 20914 GRT, built 1923) and Orduna (British, 15507 GRT, built 1914).
On departure from Aden the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN).
Around 1930C/4, the Arundel Castle and shortly afterwards the Maloja parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead to Kilindini.
Around 1100C/5, the Orduna parted company with the convoy to proceed to Dar es Salaam escorted by the minesweeping whaler HMS Solvra ( T/Lt. J.C. Elder, RNVR). They arrived at Dar-es-Salaam on the 6th.
HMS Ceres and the City of Paris arrived at Kilindini around 1540C/5.
The convoy departed for Durban on 6 April 1943. Now made up of the Arundel Castle, Christiaan Huygens (Dutch, 16287 GRT, built 1927), City of Paris and Maloja. The convoy was now escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN) which first had participated in exercises off Kilindini.
The convoy arrived at Durban on 13 April 1943.
23 Jan 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (1)
13 Feb 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Solvra (T/Lt. M. Low, DSC, RNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Vigorous]. (2)
- ADM 173/20272
- ADM 173/20273
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.