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Dido

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Dido

From what I know the only survivor of the WWI "Flowers" is the PRESIDENT in the Thames.

However the remains of another sloop can be dived at the Greek island of Kephalonia. HMS PEONY which later was converted into a passenger ferry , sunk in 1943 off Argostoli after hitting a mine.

Her wreck will be featured in a book that will include other historic wrecks that can be dived in Greece.

Can anyone supply any information on her whereabouts during WW1. Was she involved in a specific action?

Thank you in advance!

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sadsac

Hello Dido, as to what HMS PEONY was doing WW1, find here award to crew of the ship, which may be of use ;

DANIEL Thomas Edward N/E S/Lt. RNR 80E055 Peony

Vice Admiral Commanding Eastern Mediterranean Squadron 14.03.16 Gazetted

Landing Gallipoli Peninsula April 1915 & Evacuation Dec. 1915 - Jan 1916 N/E

On the 3rd January, 1916, S/Lt. Daniel showed great coolness when suddenly exposed to heavy fire at close range, whilst conducting a reconnaissance in Muedesbek Bay in a whaler.

Good Hunting,

Sadsac

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Malcolm

HMS Peony,Penndant No T39 changed to T71 in 1918, Flower Class Fleet Sweeping Sloop of the Azelia type launched 25th August 1915, at MacMillan.

1200 tons, 180 ihp = 16.5 knots, Armed 2 x 4.7ins, 2 x 3 pounders AA, sold 28th August 1918 to T R Sales, resold and became ARDENA, sunk 1943 by mine.

Aye

Malcolm

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Dido

Thank you both, attached you will find a photo of the ship as the Greek ferry ARDENA.

Any pictures of the ship under the White Ensign would be most welcomed!

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sadsac

Hello Dido, the LOGS of HMS PEONY may be obtained from the PRO/NA at Kew.

File No.'s ADM 53 ;

54948 Oct 1915 to 54988 Feb 1919. These are monthly logs.

Logs are mainly navigation entries, but do sometimes record other infomation.

Sadsac

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sotonmate

Dido

HMS PEONY has a monthly Log for the most of WW1,from Oct 1915 to Feb 1919. There are 41 files in the National Archives at Kew in the sequence ADM53/54948 to 54988.Very dry reading ordinarily.

Have you Googled HMS PEONY Photographs ? There are a few,some suggested as of the 1940 build (it says,but looking like the earlier Flowers) but the link to the site Battleships and Cruisers (and they go down in size from these massives) may have what you seek.

Sotonmate

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ARABIS

PEONY has the Battle Honour "Dardanelles 1915-16".

Here is a photo of her 16.1.20 a few months after she had been sold. She has been stripped of her guns, searchlights, etc., but has not been drastically altered.

David.

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