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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS CAWSAND BAY (K 644) - Bay-class Frigate

HMS Cawsand Bay (Navy Photos, click to enlarge) return to Contents List 

BAY-Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate initially ordered on 25th January 1943 for build as a LOCH-Class Anti-Submarine Frigate, but for which the order was changed in 1944. Originally to have been named LOCH ROWAN she was laid down on 24th April 1944 and launched as CAWSAND BAY by Blyth Dock at Blyth on 26th February 1945. First RN ship to carry this name she was completed on 13th November 1945.


G e o g r a p h i c    L o c a t i o n

Grid Reference: SX4350. Bay on Cornwall on western side of Plymouth Sound.


B a t t l e    H o n o u r s



H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge: On a Field per fess Gold and Blue an anchor counter charged within a circle

composed of in chief four roses Red barbed and seeded proper and in base

four bezants Gold.

Explanation: The anchor refers to the admirable nature of Cawsand Bay as an anchorage.

The red roses commemorate the fact that the Duke of Richmond, afterwards

King Henry VII landed at Cawsand Bay and the bezants represent the county

of Cornwall.


M a n n i n g    P o r t




S u m m a r y   o f   S e r v i c e

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November              Contractors trials

                                Commissioned for service in Rosyth Local Flotilla.

                13th        Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.


December              On completion of trials and storing took passage to Clyde to carry out weapon



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January                  Deployed in Clyde area

                                Nominated for reduction to Reserve status.


February                Passage to Rosyth.

                11th        Joined Flotilla for Local duties.

                                Sustained damage in collision.


                                Passage to Portsmouth to Pay-off and reduce to Reserve.

                6th          Arrived at Portsmouth

                11th        Paid-off and commenced de-storing.


April                       On completion of reduction accepted into Reserve Fleet at Portsmouth.


F i n a l   P h a s e


HMS CAWSAND BAY remained laid-up in Reserve at Portsmouth until 1958 when placed on the Disposal List. Sold for demolition to an Italian shipbreaker the ship was towed to Genoa where she arrived on 5th September 1959.


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