|Bangor class Minesweepers|
|Bangor||J00||Harland & Wolff||7/11/40||To RNN 1946 as Glomma, scrapped 1961|
|Blackpool||J27||Harland & Wolff||3/2/41||To RNN 1946 as Tana, scrapped 1961|
|Bridlington||J65||Denny||28/9/40||To RAF as taget-tower, scrapped 1958|
|Bridport||J50||Denny||28/11/40||To RAF as taget-tower Cawley, scrapped 1958|
|Bayfield||J08||North Van Ship Repairs||26/2/43||Scrapped 1948|
|Blyth||J15||Blyth Shipbuilding||17/6/41||To mercantile Radbourne, scrapped 1952|
|Bude||J116||Lobnitz & Co.||12/2/41||To Egypt 1946 as Nasr, later scrapped|
|Canso||J21||North Van Ship Repairs||6/3/42||Scrapped 1948|
|Caraquet||J38||North Van Ship Repairs||2/4/42||To Portugal as Almirante Lacerda, scrapped 1975|
|Cromer||J128||Lobnitz & Co.||4/4/41||Mined Eastern Mediterannean 9/11/42|
|Eastbourne||J127||Lobnitz & Co.||26/5/41||Scrapped 1948|
|Felixstowe||J126||Lobnitz & Co.||11/7/41||Mined off Sardinia 18/12/43|
|Fraserburgh||J124||Lobnitz & Co.||23/9/41||Scrapped 1948|
|Peterhead||J59||Blyth Shipbuilding||11/9/41||Wrecked 1944 in home waters, salvaged and scrapped 1948|
|Rhyl||J36||Lobnitz & Co.||9/11/40||Scrapped 1948|
|Romney||J77||Lobnitz & Co.||12/12/40||Scrapped 1950|
|Seaham||J123||Lobnitz & Co.||19/12/41||To mercantile Chinthe 1947, scrapped|
|Sidmouth||J47||Henry Robb||4/8/41||Scrapped 1950|
|Stornoway||J31||Henry Robb||17/11/41||To Egypt 1946 as Matruh, later scrapped|
|Wedgeport||J139||North Van Ship Repairs||21/4/42||To Egypt 1946 as Sollum, foundered Alexandria 7/5/53|
|Ardrossan||J131||Blyth Shipbuilding||21/5/42||Scrapped 1948|
|Brixham||J105||Blyth Shipbuilding||19/8/42||Scrapped 1948|
|Clacton||J151||Blyth Shipbuilding||4/6/42||Mined off Corsica 31/12/43|
|Cromarty||J09||Blyth Shipbuilding||13/12/41||Mined Bonafacia Straights 23/10/43|
|Dunbar||J53||Blyth Shipbuilding||3/3/42||Scrapped 1948|
|Hythe||J194||Ailsa||5/3/42||Torpedoed by U371 11/10/43 off Bougie|
This very useful design was the "Flower" class of
minesweepers - a very basic design drawn up when it was realised
that minesweeper fleets were critically number deficient. It was
thus designed around all the minimums for such a vessel -
dimensions, performance & armament, and all these were to be
as simple as possible to allow for rapid production by small,
inexperienced yards. The names were those of British coastal
towns, villages or ports, apart from a few transferred from the
RCN which retained Canadian names.
12 knots was considered the minimum sweeping speed, and this allowed a vessel 70 feet shorter than the "Halcyon" class. With little reduction in freeboard, they had a very full looking hull, and except for a small, square bridge, a short funnel and a pole masts, was devoid of any superstructure and were very thus plain and sparse looking vessels.
The incorporation of diesel, reciprotating and turbine machinery into the first batch showed an awareness into suitable substitutes for turbine power.
War modifications included the addition of AW type 286 RDF, adding four 20mm Oerlikon AA, replacing any multiple machine-guns with a 2pdr pom-pom, a single or a twin 20mm Oerlikon.
they could only accomodate traditional wire sweeps, and as the requirements for this diminished later in the war, a few were converted to target-towers, the aft AA gun-tub being replaced by a tow hook, and the sweeping gear by a framework to clear the tow-rope of the deck, target stowage and tow-rope stowage.
A number were transferred to Commonwealth or foreign navies during or soon after the war, and the remainder were scrapped in the late1940s or early 1950s.
The highly successful Australian "Bathurst" Class minesweeping corvettes were a development of the "Bangor" Class.
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Empty Displacement||605 tons||673 tons||656 tons||Length||174'||189'||174'|
|Full Displacement||770 tons||860 tons||820 tons||Beam||28'||28.5'||28.5'|
|Load||165 tons||187 tons||164 tons||Draught||8.25'||8.25'||8.25'|
|Performance & Propulsion|
Harland & Wolff 9cyl. diesel engines
@ 2000 bhp
Adrmirality 3-drum boilers,
2 x VTE reciprocating engines
@ 2400 ihp
Adrmirality 3-drum boilers,
2 x Parsons, Metrovick or BTH geared steam turbines
@ 2000 shp
|Armament & Complement|