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 HARE and LIBERTY this ship was launched on 20th July 1944. The third RN warship ship to carry this name first
used by a mercantile which accompanied the fleet during the Battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588. The name was last
used by a Drifter requisitioned in 1940 for use as a
minesweeper and sunk by a mine in Belfast Lough in June 1941. Build of this minesweeper was completed on 9th December 1944. She had not been adopted by any civil
community in UK following a successful WARSHIP WEEK campaign during
1941-42 for National Savings as her build had not been started.
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December 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.
9th Build completion and commenced
On completion of
Acceptance Trials and took passage to commence work-up for
operational service at
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January Work-up at Tobermory.
Passage to Granton for
minesweeping training and work-up.
minesweeping training in Firth of Forth area with HMS Minesweepers HARE
February On completion took passage to join
At Scapa Flow with
Flotilla which then also included HMS HARE
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
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
PREMIER, HM Cruiser DIDO and screen of
Home Fleet destroyers ,HMS
SCORPION and HMS CAVALIER to carry out aircraft minelay
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
(Note: During this
period extensive minelaying was being carried out by enemy aircraft,
surface craft. Attacks on convoys were also being carried out by midget
submarines and E Boat Boats. See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith,
OF THE EAST COAST by JP Foynes and ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY by C
May Based at Cuxhaven in
continuation of North Sea mine clearance.
Taken in hand for
refit at Antwerp prior to foreign service.
June Under refit at Antwerp.
o s t W a r N o t e s
JEWEL rejoined the Flotilla on completion and completed preparations for
foreign service in the Far
East. She took passage with the Flotilla in October 1945 for duty based
initially at Singapore with the 10th
Flotilla. First deployed for mine clearance in areas near Singapore including
ports in Indonesia she was later based at Hong Kong for similar duties. The ship returned to UK and arrived at Portsmouth to Pay-off and reduce to Reserve
status in September 1946. The following year she was nominated for use as the Drill
Ship for the RNVR Division at Dundee and was towed there in January 1948. The
ship was brought forward from Reserve during 1955 and refitted at Devonport
before recommissioning on 28th December that
year for service in the Dartmouth Training Squadron. She was deployed for
training of Cadets from the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth until 1961 when
she again Paid-off and was placed in Reserve. In 1966 this ship was put on the
Disposal List and sold to BISCO for breaking-up in December 1955. Towed to Inverkeithing
she arrived at the beaker’s yard for demolition on 7 April 1967.
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