Minesweeper fitted with Diesel
propulsion machinery ordered on 6th July
1939 from Harland and Wolff and laid
down at Govan. Glasgow as Job
Number 1020 (Yard No. 1039) on 19th
September 1939 with sister ship to be
named BLACKPOOL. She was launched 23rd
May 1940 and build was completed on 3rd
February 1941. She was the 1st RN ship
to carry this name, which like others of
the Class built in UK was that of a
coastal town, making her a most
appropriate adoption by the civil
community of Bangor, North Wales after a
successful WARSHIP WEEK National
Savings campaign in March 1942.
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9 4 0
Nominated as First of Class
4th Commissioned for
service in 9th
Build completion and
commenced First of Class Acceptance
On completion of
trials and storing took
passage to Scapa Flow.
Deployed as Senior Officer 13th
Flotilla with HM Minesweepers
RHYL and ROMNEY for
Flotilla work-up and minesweeping trials
at Scapa Flow.
deployed for minesweeping to ensure
clear passage of Fleet units in and out
Scapa Flow and also
for clearance of East Coast convoy
routes between Aberdeen and NW of
9 4 1
minesweeping duties in continuation
based at Scapa Flow.
(Note: Relieved as Senior Officer's ship
by HM Minesweeper CROMER.
HMS BUDE joined
also included clearance of gunnery
firing ranges off Cape Wrath.)
to English Channel for minesweeping
duties with Flotilla.
deployment with Flotilla including
convoy escort as well as
convoy routes between Dover
Based at Poole and Portland as
required by commitments.
RAF air cover was
provided subject to UK air defence
requirements and ship came under air
(Note: Ships were
provided with small balloons using
specially fitted hand winches, for
bombing attacks, but their value
SIDMOUTH and HMS TENBY joined Flotilla.)
Transferred to Harwich with Flotilla
for special mine clearance off East
Coast with ships of
Flotilla (Operation QO).
On arrival carried
out joint minesweeping operations to
provide two gaps through British East
Mine Barrier and a
known German minefield for use by allied
destroyers requiring speedy access to
North Sea from
Poor visibility often
proved of great value since work was
completed without enemy air attacks.
This was required In view of
any attempt by the German battleships
GNEISENAU to return to Germany from
Brest through the English Channel
via NW Passage. It was
within two months.)
Minesweeping Flotilla were also deployed
duties at Poole on completion of QO.
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deployment based at Poole with Flotilla
HMS SIDMOUTH had replaced HMS CROMER as
Nominated for support of
planned assault landings at Dieppe
with Flotilla for joint minesweeping
operations with 13th
Flotilla in preparation
This operation had been subject to
many delays after its initial conception
when air attacks on assembled ships off
IoW were attacked
and later operation further
delayed by weather. See THE WATERY
Fergusson and Naval Staff History.
assumed that the minesweepers resumed
their Channel duties after the
deployment in continuation pending
execution of JUBILEE.
Joined invasion ships in Channel
passage to assembly area north of
Other ships of
Flotilla taking part were HM
Minesweepers SIDMOUTH (SO),
BRIDLINGTON, BRIDPORT, RHYL and TENBY).
operations in advance of assault craft
and control ships.
(Note: Two channels
were swept in advance of invasion force
and an unexpected encounter with a
coastal convoy was a prelude to what
proved to be a disastrous attempt to
Resumed Channel minesweeping and
convoy defence duties.
(Note: See above
references for details of return of
record of minesweeping support during
return passage was traced.)
Channel minesweeping and convoy
escort duties in continuation.
(Note: In addition to
routine clearance of convoy routes the
Flotilla carried out mine sweeping
clear passage of destroyers to carry out
attacks on enemy coastal
(TUNNEL Series of operations.)
9 4 3
Deployed in English
Channel with Flotilla for minesweeping
and convoy defence.
(Note: Other ships
in Flotilla during this period were HM
1 9 4 4
Channel deployment in continuation.
for minesweeping support with Flotilla
for planned allied
Deployed as part of Force J
for service in Eastern Task Force and
nominated for clearance
Approach Channel No.7
to JUNO Beach with ships of 9th
Took part in
preparatory exercises with Ships of
Force J based at Cowes,
(Note: Ships of
Forces O, S and J carried out Final
Rehearsal for NEPTUNE with Force J
Island . These were
primarily for berthing, loading and
departure and minesweepers may not have
been required. (Exercise FABIUS)
2nd and 4th May. Similarly a Defence
exercise was also carried out off
may not have included minesweepers.
Flotilla may therefore have
resumed normal duties in Channel for
part of this month.)
Passage to Solent
to join Force J for NEPTUNE briefing.
For details of
naval activities before and during
operation see LANDINGS IN NORMANDY,
June 1944 (HMSO),
OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards and D DAY
SHIPS by J de Winser.
in Solent with HM
EASTBOURNE, and TENBY
HM Trawlers BRYHER,
The Trawlers were to be deployed as Danlayers
to identify boundaries of
No 7. Three of these were all ships
requisitioned for minesweeping early in
built in 1943 was an Admiralty ISLES
delayed 24 hours.
Sailed from Solent with ships of
Flotilla to carry out mine clearance of
Channel No 7.
Mine entangled in sweep gear and had
to be cut when reaching clear water..
sweep was also
completion of clearance of Channel 7
beachhead for minesweeping in
for Force J ships.
Deployed off landing beaches in
Eastern Task Force area.
Deployed off Cherbourg with ships of
Flotilla to clear approach channel to
bombardment area for
US battleships USS TEXAS and ARKANSAS.
completion carried out further
for minesweeping duties off Normandy on
completion of NEPTUNE.
further details of minesweeping
operations off Normandy
see THEY LED THE
Minesweeping support off
French coast in continuation.
Deployed off Brest after
occupation by allied forces.
Released from support of
landings in France and taken in hand for
repair and maintenance.
Resumed Flotilla duties and carried
out mine clearance in Channel and Nore
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Minesweeping and convoy defence
with HM Minesweepers SIDMOUTH,
ROMNEY and RYE off southern
Norway after VE
Day for mine clearance.
in longest continual sweep during WW2
which lasted nearly 79 hours
final recovery of sweeps on
completion involved in another
with sweep gear of
mine was trapped. After cutting sweep
gear she returned to Stavanger
from Norwegian deployment taken in hand
for repair and maintenance.
Flotilla in SW Approaches for mine
clearance duties based at
remained in commission after VJ
Day and continued
mine clearance duties in Bristol
Channel area until
when she was Paid off and reduced to
Reserve status. This minesweeper was
to Norway later in 1946 and was renamed
HM Nor. S.
remained on the Active List of
Norwegian Navy until 1st January 1961
stricken and later sold for demolition.