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Barwind 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:32 pm
by Woody
HMS Barwind
Boom Defence Vessel, Bar Class - Z.58
Laid down 17/1/1942 and launched by Ferguson Shipbuilders Port Glasgow, on 22/9/1942. Arrived at T.W.Ward, Briton Ferry 26/3/1964 for BU
730 grt
173ft 8in oa x 32ft 3in x 9ft 6in
1 shaft, Reciprocating VTE, 850ihp giving 11.75 knots
1 x 3in AA gun
Crew 32

Completed 17/12/1842
1942 sailed in Convoy to Gibraltar and then sailed on her own to Morristown on her way to join the Eastern Fleet in Trincomalee, Ceylon. Was still there in 1946
31/8/1950 appears to be involved in some sort of explosion while operating from Loyang, Singapore in some demolition work. One officer died

22/9/2017

Re: Barwind 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:05 pm
by E28
The explosion mentioned in post 1 onboard Barwind occured on the 30th August 1950.
Whilst operating out of the boom base Loyang, Singapore with a crew of 40, conducting demolition work 2 miles south of the island, an explosion onboard resulted in serious injury to Lt Ronald Smith RN and AB A A Bing. Together with others they were preparing demolition charges when it exploded.
Lt Smith, who was the co of Barwind (Terror) did not recover from his injuries and died on 2 Sept 1950.
By all accounts this incident did not affect the operational abilities of Barwind and damage to the ship was superficial.

Re: Barwind 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:11 pm
by Woody
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