HMCS SPIKENARD, Flower class corvette, was lost 10 February 1942 when she was torpedoed by U136 in the North Atlantic while escorting Convoy SC-67. Of her crew of 65, there were only 8 survivors, 57 killed.
Prior to SPIKENARD’s last sailing, her officers were engaged in a friendly competition with the officers of the other ships in her escort group. Each in turn had to drive a large spike into the floor of the renowned Crowsnest Officer’s Club in St. John’s Newfoundland. The skipper of SPIKENARD won the competition. On learning of SPIKENARD’s loss, the members of the Crowsnest, memorialized the spike in a fitting tribute.
Roger Litwiller Collection, photo courtesy Roger Litwiller. (RTL00572)