The Spikenard was a Flower class corvette with a crew of 65 that was built at Lauzon, MRC de Desjardins, Québec, and commissioned in late 1940. She was originally intended for the Royal Navy, hence her floral name, but the Admiralty was short of sailors and she remained in Canadian hands. On 19420210 the Spike, as she was known to her crew, was hit by a torpedo from U136 and sank within five minutes in the mid-Atlantic. Just eight men survived and they were not found for 19 hours. Among the casualties were MA Cowan and WD Stephens.

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