HALCYON-Class Minesweeper ordered from Hamilton,
Port Glasgow on
August 1937 with sister ship
HMS SPEEDY as part of the 3rd Group of this Class. Her turbine propulsion
machinery was supplied by White at Cowes, IoW. The ship was laid
down on 17thy January 1938 and launched on 7th February 1939 as the 6th RN
warship to carry this name which had been introduced for a 6th Rate built at
Rotherhithe in 1748, sold in 1770. Last used for a Paddle Vessel built at
Woolwich in 1882 and sold in 1919 the Build was completed on 27th July 1939
B a t t l e H
o n o u r s
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1795 - BURMA 1852-53
- BALTIC 1854
- CRIMEA 1854-55 - CHINA 1860
H e r a l d i c D a t a
a field Blue, a Sphinx Gols.
M a n n i n g D i v i s i o n
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July Contractors trials
and commissioned for service in 5th Minesweeping Flotilla, Home Fleet.
27th Build completion and
commenced Acceptance Trials.
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S e r v i c e
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August On completion of trials
and storing carried out Minesweeping work-up .
Minesweepers HALCYON, HARRIER, HUSSAR, LEDA,
GOSSAMER, SKIPJACK and SPEEDWELL and SPHINX.
Flotilla for minesweeping in Nore Command based at
September Deployed with Flotilla for
minesweeping in southern North Sea and English Channel to ensure
to clear passage for
December (Note: Extensive enemy
minelaying including magnetic mines was being carried out.
For details see
THE TORPEDOMEN by EN Poland, HM MINESWEEPERS (HMSO),
ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett and the Naval Staff History.)
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January Transferred with
Flotilla to Rosyth in continuation of North Sea duties.
HALCYON and HMS HUSSAR remained at Grimsby as part of 4th Minesweeping
February Deployed in Moray Firth
with Flotilla for minesweeping.
3rd Under air attacks in
snow storm 15 miles north of Kinnaird Head.
Hit by bomb which
exploded in forward structure.
extensive damage causing flooding of both Boiler Rooms.
Attempted tow by
HMS HARRIER failed due to weather conditions.
2nd Ship capsized and
drifted ashore 2 miles North of Lybster.
(Note: 54 of the
ships’ company lost their lives and survivors were rescued by ships of Flotilla.
This was the
first loss of a Fleet Minesweeper during WW2.)
note on casualties)
n a l N o t e
This name was carried forward
April 1941 when given to an
Accommodation Camp at Alexandria,
Egypt on commissioning for use by
by Bill Burn