Minesweeper ordered from Hamilton,
August 1937 with sister ship
HMS SPEEDY as part of the 3rd Group of
this Class. Her turbine propulsion
machinery was supplied by White at
The ship was laid
down on 17thy January 1938 and launched
on 7th February 1939 as the 6th RN
warship to carry this name which had
been introduced for a 6th Rate built at
Rotherhithe in 1748, sold in 1770. Last
used for a Paddle Vessel built at
Woolwich in 1882 and sold in 1919 the
Build was completed on 27th July 1939
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Contractors trials and commissioned for
service in 5th Minesweeping Flotilla,
Build completion and commenced
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On completion of trials and storing
carried out Minesweeping work-up .
Joined HM Minesweepers HALCYON,
HARRIER, HUSSAR, LEDA,
SALAMANDER, GOSSAMER, SKIPJACK and
SPEEDWELL and SPHINX.
Nominated with Flotilla for
minesweeping in Nore Command based at
Deployed with Flotilla for
minesweeping in southern North Sea and
English Channel to ensure
clear passage for coastal convoys.
(Note: Extensive enemy minelaying
including magnetic mines was being
For details see THE TORPEDOMEN by EN
Poland, HM MINESWEEPERS (HMSO),
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
Barnett and the Naval Staff History.)
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Transferred with Flotilla to Rosyth in
continuation of North Sea duties.
(Note: HMS HALCYON and HMS HUSSAR
remained at Grimsby as part of 4th
Deployed in Moray Firth with Flotilla
Under air attacks in snow storm 15
miles north of Kinnaird Head.
Hit by bomb which exploded in forward
Sustained extensive damage causing
flooding of both Boiler Rooms.
Attempted tow by HMS HARRIER failed
due to weather conditions.
Ship capsized and drifted ashore 2
miles North of Lybster.
(Note: 54 of the ships’ company lost
their lives and survivors were rescued
by ships of Flotilla.
This was the first loss of a Fleet
Minesweeper during WW2.)
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name was carried forward
April 1941 when given to an
Accommodation Camp at Alexandria,
on commissioning for use by