Reciprocating Machinery ordered on
9th September 1939
at Renfrew and laid down on 29th June
1940 as Job Number 1089 (Yard N.1029), The
ship was launched 5th November 1940
as the 2nd RN ship to carry this name. It
was first used by a vessel hired in
1917. This ship was adopted by the civil
community of Eastbourne, East Sussex
following a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign in March 1942.
Build was completed on 26th May 1941.
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trials and commissioned for service.
26th Build completion
and commenced Acceptance
completion of trials and storing took
passage to Tobermory
for service in 13th Minesweeping Flotilla.
out work-up at Tobermory
out minesweeping training in Forth based
at South Queensferry.
joined Flotilla at Harwich for East Coast
Flotilla comprised HM Minesweepers BLYTH,
sweeping operation was to ensure clear
passage of the
in North Sea
and Firth of Forth,
with Flotilla off East Coast.
and took passage to Portsmouth with HMS BLYTH.
Minesweeper BRIDLINGTON with HMS BLYTH
in English Channel.
During this period
involved in collection of personnel
escaping from France.
deployment in continuation.
release took passage alone to rejoin
Flotilla at Harwich.
rejoined 9th Flotilla).
Deployed with Flotilla for clearance
of gaps in British East Coast Mine
- These were required to ensure speedy
entry to North
Sea and Dover
Straits by Nore
Command destroyers in the event of an
attempt by German
to return from Brest to Germany by
Transferred with Flotilla to
Falmouth for coastal minesweeping duties.
to Belfast with Flotilla
for special duty.
Deployed to ensure clear passage
into Belfast for military
convoy bringing US troops
to Northern Ireland
out in bad weather.
Resumed coastal minesweeping
in Plymouth Command
based at Falmouth.
(Note: Subject to air
attacks during one of which sister ship
HMS BLYTH was
Returned to Harwich with
Flotilla for minesweeping off east coast.
Nominated for joint minesweeping
support of the planned landings at Dieppe
- For details see Naval Staff History and
THE WATERY MAZE by
Deployed with ships of 9th and 13th
Flotillas for operation to clear
minefield off Dieppe.
Sustained damage during operation.
Taken in hand for
On completion rejoined Flotilla at
Portsmouth and deployed for minesweeping
service in support of planned allied
landings in North Africa
- For details see Naval Staff
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by Corelli
Sustained damage in collision with HMS ILFRACOMBE
during exercises in preparation
Taken in hand for
On completion took passage to
Deployed for minesweeping off
North Africa and support of military
9 4 3
deployment in continuation.
Passage to UK
off for minesweeping
in UK Coastal waters.
Escorted HM Coastal Minelayer PLOVER
in East Coast Barrier.
(Operation QV3 -
off The Wash)
HMS PLOVER for further East Coast Barrier
Escorted HMS PLOVER for minelay
off Humber Estuary (Operation BS87).
Deployed in North Sea and
Channel for mine clearance in convoy
9 4 4
with 13th Flotilla
for minesweeping in UK coastal waters
support of allied landings in Normandy.
Allocated for clearance
of Channel 7 for assault convoys to JUNO beachhead.
NEPTUNE: See OPERATION NEPTUNE by K
Edwards and Naval Staff History)
continuation and detached to join
7 clearance in
NEPTUNE delayed 24 hours.
out clearance sweep of Channel 7 in
advance of Force J assault convoys.
arrival off beach head carried out
sweeping of bombardment area to be used by
Group for gunfire support.
for additional mine clearance of approach
Joined US Task Force 129
with Flotilla and
sailed from Portland as Minesweeping Unit
for planned gunfire support
(Note: Task Force comprised:
Group No 1
Battleship NEVADA. US Cruisers
USS TUSCALOOSA, QUINCY
Cruisers GLASGOW and ENTERPRISE with
screen of six US Navy
Group No 2.
USS ARKANSAS ,TEXAS. with five US
Unit No 1.
BANGOR Class RN Minesweepers, four RN Danlayers
Launches and eight RN BYMS
Unit No 2.
Minesweepers, one RN Danlayer
and four Motor launches
Carried out mine clearance operation in
Fire Support area prior to the arrival
Group No 1 came under heavy fire from
coastal batteries during sweep
completing half of intended task
For details see
LANDINGS IN NORMANDY JUNE 1944 (HMSO)
completion of bombardments and resumed
duties with Eastern Task Force
for minesweeping and
patrol off beachhead.
Deployment in support
of allied landings in continuation.
for towing duties.
towing duties for barges intend to
activate OYSTER Pressure Mines.
(Note: HMS SEAHAM
and HMS FORT YORK (RCN) were also used as
role but the
results were not a total success).
On release from support of
military operations resumed
9 4 5
Deployed in Home waters for
minesweeping and ant-submarine patrol
(Note: No record
has been traced of return of ship to 9th
Flotilla which was deployed
in Norway after VE
Day. This period is subject to amendment).
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HMS EASTBOURNE was paid off
after VJ Day
and remained in Reserve until placed on
the Disposal List in 1947. The ship was
then sold for breaking-up by Clayton
and Davies at Dunston
where she arrived in in
tow during October 1948. The name was
carried forward and used for a Type 12
Frigate built by Vickers-Armstrong. The
3rd ship to carry the named was launched
on 29th December 1955 and served with the
Fleet for over 20 years before also being
sold for breaking-up.