H.M.S. Sword DanceShip No 313
Was an order for an Armed Trawler of the Dance Class, to also undertake minesweeping duty? She was very similar to the “Tree class” ships.
Part of “The little ship Navy” The Dance class armed trawlers where a slight improvement on the “Tree class” although the same tonnage they were better armed.
She was 463 tons with a length overall of 150 feet and a beam of 27 feet and 6 inches with a draught of 14 feet and 6 inches.
She was laid down on 2nd of March 1940, and launched from the yard on 3rd September 1940 (The war was one year old on this day)
She was commissioned into H.M. Forces on 20th of January 1941, and she was lost in a collision of the North East of Scotland in July 1942.
She was the only one of the Dance class armed trawlers to be lost during World War II.