David Hayman explores the stories of four ships built on the River Clyde that helped forge links with countries throughout the world.

Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2014-03-31

Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth - HMS Salvia (K97) - Netflix

HMS Salvia (K97) was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Navy. She was ordered on the eve of the Second World War and entered service in September 1940. She is notable for having rescued many survivors from the sinking of the prison ship SS Shuntien on 23 December 1941. A few hours later, on Christmas Eve 1941, Salvia too was torpedoed. The corvette sank with all hands, and all of the survivors that she had rescued from Shuntien were also lost.

Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth - Loss of HMS Salvia - Netflix

Salvia then made for Alexandria. A few hours later, at about 0135 hrs on 24 December, she was off the Egyptian coast about 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Alexandria when the Type VIIC German submarine U-568 fired four torpedoes at her. One of the torpedoes hit Salvia, breaking her in two and spilling her heavy black bunker oil onto the surface of the sea. The fuel caught fire and her stern section rapidly sank, followed by her bow section a few minutes later. A sister ship, HMS Peony, came to look for survivors. She sighted a patch of oil on the surface of the sea but found no-one left alive. On 8 January 1942 Lt Cdr Miller was posthumously awarded a bar to his DSC.

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