Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Turbine
propulsion machinery ordered on 15th
November 1940 from Harland and Wolff,
Belfast. Laid down on 15th March 1941 this
minesweeper was launched on 5th February
1942. She was
the ninth RN ship to carry this name,
introduced in 1758 for a 5th Rate and last
borne by a Destroyer built in 1910 and
in 1928.Her build was completed on
18th May 1942. This warship was
adopted by the civil community of Heanor,
Derbyshire after a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign held in February
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Contractors trials and commissioned for
service in 12th Minesweeping Flotilla.
Build completion and commenced
On completion took passage to Tobermory
for work-up and preparation for
After Work-up took passage to Port Edgar
to carry out minesweeping training.
training in Forth
Passage to Harwich to join HM Minesweepers
ALGERINE and ALBACORE temporarily
9th Minesweeping Flotilla, pending
formation of new Flotilla.
Deployed with 9th Flotilla for
minesweeping off the East coast to ensure
safe passage of
convoys to and from Thames estuary. Carried
out escort duty and patrol.
North Sea deployment with Flotilla
Nominated for foreign service on formation
of 12th Flotilla.
Joined 12th Minesweeping Flotilla on
formation with HM Minesweepers
ALBACORE and CADMUS.
Nominated for minesweeping duties in
Mediterranean and support of planned
in North Africa (Operation TORCH – See
Naval Staff History
and ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett.)
Joined military convoy KMS1 in Clyde with
HM Minesweepers ACUTE, ALBACORE,
and CADMUS as
part of escort during passage to Gibraltar.
ALGERINE was delayed for repair
after sweep had fouled a propeller.)
Involved in collision with HM Corvette
PENTSTEMON and sustained some damage
Detached from KMS1 and joined escort for
military convoy KMF1 for remainder
Deployed at Gibraltar with Flotilla on arrival and prepared for service during TORCH.
Carried out mines sweep with Flotilla in
advance of assault convoys to BAKER
Beach Head at Algiers
Deployed for anti-submarine patrol.
Completed patrol and took passage to
Bougie for minesweeping during landings
During deployment off Bougie with HMS
ALGERINE under attack by the Italian
After sinking of HMS ALGERINE by torpedo
from the Italian submarine took part in
from sister vessel.
officers from ALGERINE and 80 of the
ship’s company lost their lives.)
North African coast minesweeping, patrol
and convoy defence in continuation
(Note: Ships of
the Flotilla were under air and submarine
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Convoy escort and patrol off North African
coast in continuation.
Sustained major damage during air raid
whilst alongside at Bone,
Beached prior to detailed examination to
assess damage and hit by bomb during air
(Note: 4in Gun
removed for use by Royal Artillery for AA
defence of Port.)
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