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Friday, 28 May 2010

H.M.S. STORNOWAY



Ship No 311


Bangor Class Twin Screw Minesweeper.

With reciprocating engine, along with being rather slow, they were not really known for there good sea keeping abilities and were more like a cork in a bath tube, which makes the story of the men who served on them through all kinds of rough weather all the more remarkable.


She was laid down on 17th July 1940 and launched on the 10th June 1941, after sea trials she was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 17th November 1941 as a Minesweeper.

She was 171 feet and 6 inches length overall, with a beam of 28 feet and 6 inches, she drew a draught of 15 feet and 6 inches.

“Stornoway” became one of the famous 13th Minesweeping Flotilla and steamed over 60,000 miles and swept up over 2,000 mines; did duty off the Irish coast, English Channel, and attended at Dieppe raid, and survived countless air and E-boat attacks; transferred operations to North African coast and took part in Pantellaria and Sicilian landings; swept channel in front of King’s visit to Malta in July 1943; present at all operations on Italian coast and survived attacks from R-boats, bombers, and coastal batteries; visited Capri where inhabitants organised and held first dance since Italy entered the war. (For more of her story visit Leith Built Ships on War Service)
H.M.S. Stornoway was also involved in the Allied invasion of Southern France in 1944. Her many adventures would require a better platform to tell, so it will also go onto the new website, when it is ready.

H.M.S. Stornoway survived the war and was sold on by the Navy in September 1946.

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