Hello. I am currently researching Britain's 2nd World War Flower Class Corvettes. I hope
I'm not taking too much of your time by quickly explaining why!.
I work for a maritime heritage organisation in Belfast called Lagan Legacy. See our website at ( www.laganlegacy.com )
We are putting an exhibition together for Belfast's annual "Titanic Festival" at the end of this coming March. The exhibition follows a theme that Lagan Legacy has been promoting since the organisation's inception - "The Greatest Story Never Told".
It is a sad fact here in Northern Ireland that everyone, indeed everyone in the world, knows about the Titanic, but knows little else about Belfast's absolutely amazing maritime past. So Lagan Legacy attempts to promote the rest of the River Lagan's nautical history - the other 3,000 ships, tens of millions of tons of them - and all the other related industries.
So in March we're telling the story of Belfast's Flower Class Corvettes. About thirty of them were ordered by Churchill himself. They were: HMS:
Abelia Alisma Anchusa Armeria Arabis Bergamot Broom (became Vervain) Bryony Buttercup Calendula Camellia Chrysanthemum Clarkia Cowslip Eglantine Fritillary Freesia Genista Gentian Gloxinia Heartease Heather Hibiscus Kingcup Mallow Orchis Peony Periwinkle Picotee Pimpernell Rhododendron.
Lagan Legacy is a charity, and we don't have much cash to spend (don't worry, I'm not begging for money on this note!) so we'll depend on any help we can get from others: providing us with stories, information, maybe images, copies of artifacts and documents etc etc.
I'm wondering, hoping and praying that someone on this excellent website or within your organization(s) might be able to help us along, even a few telephone numbers or e-mail addresses of people who served on any of the Belfast built vessels; during or after the War. Or perhaps of a friend of a family, or a son or a daughter. I apologise for troubling you with this matter. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you in anticipation of any help you may be able to give.
Many Regards and best wishes from Belfast, Northern Ireland
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