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
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.
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Reference: SX4350. Bay on Cornwall on western
side of Plymouth Sound.
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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
The red roses commemorate the fact
Duke of Richmond, afterwards
Henry VII landed at Cawsand
Bay and the bezants
represent the county
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Commissioned for service in Rosyth Local
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of trials and storing took
passage to Clyde to carry out weapon
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Deployed in Clyde area
Nominated for reduction to Reserve status.
Passage to Rosyth.
Joined Flotilla for Local duties.
Sustained damage in collision.
Passage to Portsmouth to Pay-off and reduce to
Arrived at Portsmouth
Paid-off and commenced de-storing.
On completion of reduction accepted into
Reserve Fleet at Portsmouth.
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HMS CAWSAND BAY remained laid-up in
Portsmouth until 1958 when placed on the
Disposal List. Sold for demolition to an
the ship was towed to Genoa where she arrived
on 5th September 1959.