BAY Class Anti-aircraft Frigate ordered from
Charles Hill at Bristol in 1944 in place of
a LOCH Class Frigate to be named LOCH SEAFORTH
which had been cancelled on 27th November 1943. The change was made because of
a need for frigates of this type for deployment in the Far East where the main
threat was of attacks by by aircraft. The
prefabricated hull structure was identical with the LOCH Class but
the weapon fit differed (See General Information). The ship was laid down on
22nd November 1944 as Job No 602 (Yard No. 302). She was launched on 14th June
1945 and the first Royal Navy ship to carry this name. Her Build was completed
on 8th March 1946 and she was the last warship to be built by this shipyard.
G e o g r a p h i c D a t a
Small bay on the north coast of
Somerset, 4 miles west of Minehead.
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Note: Two Badges are known to have been used.
'unofficial' one was
replaced in 1953.
On a rock proper, an
Eagle rising argent, wings azure.
Explanation: Arms of BLATHWAYT family, the
Motto Virtute et Veritate: 'Virtue and truth'
On a Field quarterly Gold and Red in base berry wavy of four white and
An oak tree fructed proper
Explanation: Oak tree alludes to the oak jug manufactured
in the town of Porlock
and peculiar to the area The
quarterly gold and red field is from
arms of Sir Simon FitzRoger who helped to build Porlock
Church in the 13th century
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completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
Commissioned for service on the America and West Indies Station.
Commanding Officer: Lieutenant DL Davenport, Royal Navy
(Later Rear Admiral, CB, OBE).
March Formal visit
to City of Bristol.
Ranging and weapon equipment trials at Portland
for operational service at
(Note: During work-up ship visited Porlock and ship's company accorded generous
On completion of work-up attached to Plymouth Local
Departure to West Indies delayed by post-war manning problems).
for foreign service.
22nd Sailed for
Bermuda with HM Frigate PADSTOW BAY.
August After call at
Azores sailed for Bermuda with a disabled Landing Craft (Headquarters) 50 in
During disengagement of tow on arrival ship involved in collision with the
landing craft and
to forward structure.
in hand for repair in drydock and could not sail with
Squadron for Autumn Programme of
visits to US ports.
(Note: This vessel was being returned to US Navy after Lease-Lend).
September After repair
prepared for programmed duty in Newfoundland and visits in Canada.
for St John's.
at St Johns for stay during National Convention on political future of
HE Governor of Newfoundland, Sir Gordon Macdonald at Argentia to carry
official tour of isolated fishing settlements on south coast.
Disembarked HE at Port Aux Basques on completion of tour.
visit to Halifax began programme of visits to ports on northern coast of
including St. Anthony and Corner Brook.
mainland port including Bagotville, Quebec and Charlottetown.
to Halifax via Sydney, Cape Breton.
cut exercises with RCN ships at Halifax.
to Bermuda with call at Saint John, New Brunswick.
in hand for maintenance and refit by HM Dockyard Bermuda.
December Under refit.
(Note: As a result of alteration in policy relating to the command of
independent frigates on
foreign stations Commander F J Twiss assumed command. This was his first sea
command. On retirement as Admiral Sir Frank Twiss, KCB, KCVO, DSC he
became Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod).
completion resumed duties with Squadron at Bermuda.
for patrol and visits to ports in Caribbean.
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January Took part in
exercise with ships of America and West Indies Squadron.
completion took passage to Vera Cruz with call at Kingston, Jamaica
Galveston, Mobile, Key West and Nassau.
Returned to Bermuda.
27th Took part
in exercises with Squadron.
to Nassau with Squadron.
3rd Took part in official
visits by HE the Governor of the
Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos
to as well
as others in the Bahamas.
at Nassau on return and took passage to Kingston, Jamaica for visits to
ports in West
21st Whilst at
Kingston despatched to Belize, British Honduras after Guatemalan threat
in Honduras sea area.
support duty in continuation without direct involvement.
visits and patrol programme.
passage to Aruba with call in Colombia
to Trinidad from Aruba to refuel.
passage for Georgetown, British Guiana with calls at Tobago and Barbados.
termination of commission announced.
(Note: This decision was made because of economic measures which necessitated a
West Indies are was considered to be politically safe and was therefore
to Miami, Florida with call at Santiago, Cuba.
October At Miami.
passage to Bermuda.
at Bermuda after stormy passage in hurricane conditions.
completion of weather damage repair took passage to Devonport
November Passage to
3rd Arrived at Devonport.
December Nominated for
service with Fishery Protection Squadron.
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January Deployed in
Home waters for Fishery Protection
Nominated for Reduction to Reserve.
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January Reduced to
Reserve status at Devonport.
February Laid up at
Devonport in Reserve Fleet.
(Note: Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to F650.
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HMS PORLOCK BAY remained in Reserve until 1962, during which
period she was refitted twice.
on the Sales List she was sold to Finland for use as
a training ship and renamed MATTI KURKI.
was deployed in this role until 1975 when she was removed from the active list
and sold for
in September that year.