ALGERINE-Class Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Turbine
propulsion machinery ordered on 30th April 1942 from Harland and Wolff, Belfast. Laid down on 27th November 1943 at the same time as sister ships JEWEL and LIBERTY this ship was launched on 20th June 1944. The eighth RN ship to carry this name, introduced in
1545 for a 10 gun vessel which was rebuilt at Bucklers Hard in 1558 and sold in
1578. The name was last used in 1709 for a Sloop captured by HMS SPEEDWELL and
sold in 1712. The build of this minesweeper was completed on 10th November 1944.
She had not been adopted by any civil community in UK following a successful
WARSHIP WEEK campaign during for National Savings during 1941-42 as her build
had not been started.
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November Contractors trials and commissioned for
service with 10th Minesweeping Flotilla.
(Note: The ships in
this Flotilla were HM Miner sweepers COURIER, FELICITY,
FLEECE, and SERENE which had been built in Canada.
10th Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of
Acceptance Trials and took passage to commence work-up for
operational service at
December Deployed at Tobermory.
Passage to Granton for
minesweeping training and work-up.
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January Carried out minesweeping training in
Firth of Forth area with HMS Minesweepers JEWEL
On completion took
passage to join Flotilla.
February Took passage to Scapa Flow with
Flotilla which then also included HMS JEWEL and
HMS WAVE. Senior
Officer’s ship was HMS COURIER.
Nominated with ships of
Flotilla and HM Danlayer SHILLAY for special Home Fleet
operation to clear
passage through British minefield to give shorter route for departure of
warships from Scapa
21st Took passage from Scapa Flow with
Flotilla as Force 3 for minesweeping
(Note: This operation
included lay of WINNER marker buoys to mark the ends of the
swept channel and
navigation was assisted by German Beacon at Stavanger.
23rd Returned to Scapa Flow on completion.
(Note: Clear passage
was then available for HM Escort Aircraft Carriers PUNCHER and
HM Cruiser DIDO and screen of Home Fleet destroyers ,HMS
SCORPION and HMS CAVALIER to carry out aircraft minelay
off Norwegian coast (Operation GROUNDSHEET)
Passage from Scapa
Flow to Granton
March Deployed at Granton and
joined in Flotilla by HM Minesweeper LIBERTY.
22nd Passage to Harwich with ships of
Flotilla for minesweeping operations in
April Deployed with Flotilla for
minesweeping in southern North Sea to ensure safe passage
of convoys in Nore
Command including military convoys to Antwerp as well as in the
Thames estuary for
traffic in North Sea.
this period extensive minelaying was being carried out by enemy aircraft,
surface craft. Attacks on convoys were also being carried out by midget
and E Boat Boats. See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith,
OF THE EAST COAST by JP Foynes and ENGAGE THE ENEMY
CLOSELY by C Barnett.)
May Detached with HMS
FELICITY and HMS SERENE for temporary service in 18th
Flotilla for minesweeping in approaches to port of Rotterdam.
June Resumed Flotilla duties
and deployed for mine clearance based at Cuxhaven until
August taken in hand for
refit prior to foreign service.
o s t W a r N o t e s
HARE took passage with the Flotilla in October 1945 for duty based initially at
Singapore with the 10th
Flotilla. The ship was first deployed for mine clearance in areas near
Singapore including ports in Indonesia.
Later she was based at Hong Kong for this duty, She returned to UK in September
1946 and arrived
at Harwich to Pay-off and reduce to Reserve status. Whilst laid-up at Harwich
she was placed on the
Sales List in 1959 and sold to Nigeria. Renamed NIGERIA on 21st July that year
she served as Flagship
in the Royal Nigerian Navy until 1962 when she returned to UK. On arrival she
was placed on the Disposal
List and sold to BISCO for breaking-up by Metal Industries at Faslane where she
arrived in tow for
demolition on 6th November that year.
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