HMS Lowestoft (1934) SL (2nd)
This the second ship to carry the name HMS Lowestoft was a
Grimsby Class (1934) escort sloop.
Built at Devonport Dockyard, laid down21-Aug-1933 launched 11-Apr-1934 and commissioned 20-Nov-1934.
On commissioning went to the China Station. On arrival at Hong Kong 15-Feb-1934, needed repairs on her boilers which took until 15-May to complete. Remained on the China Station until Jul-1939 when she was re-armed, 4in HA guns replacing her 4in LA guns.
Left Hong Kong 08-Dec-1929 to return to the UK and joined the Rosyth Escort Force Mar-1940 on convoy escort work on the East Coast.
On 05-Jan-1941 struck a mine and damage took until Oct-1941 to complete. She then returned to the East Coast until Apr-1942. Moved to the Western Approaches Command for convoy escort on the Freetown route. Collided with the Free French Leopard 12-Jul-1942. Repairs at Gibraltar and Falmouth took until Apr-1943.
From Apr to Jul-1943 escorted convoys on the Freetown rout again. Then moved to the West Africa Command and was based at Freetown escorting convoys south of Freetown until Jun-1944. Returned to the UK for refit and then it was back to the West Africa Command Dec-1944. Moved on to be based at Gibraltar Jan-1945 and remained there for the remainder of her war service.
Returned to the UK Jun-1945 and was put into reserve.
Sold 04-Oct-1946 as a merchant vessel and renamed Miraflores.
Scrapped at Zeebrugge 1955.
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15 January, 2013.
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