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Bridlington 1940 HMS - Minesweeper

Posted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:32 pm
by Woody
HMS Bridlington
Minesweeper, Bangor Class, Diesel – J.65
HMAFV Bridlington
Laid down 11/9/1939 and launched by William Denny & Brothers Dumbarton, Yard No 1349, on 29/2/1940. February 1960 broken up at Plymouth by Demmellweek and Redding.
590t standard; 690t deep load
162ft oa x 28ft x 9ft 4in mean deep load
2-shaft Harland & Wolf Diesels, 9 cylinder, 2000bhp giving 16.5 knots
1 x 3in/20cwt HA, and 4 x MG, with 40 DCs as an escort
Crew 83

Completed 28/9/1940
Joined the 9th Minesweeping Flotilla at Scapa
Later she served along the East Coast and Channel being based at Portsmouth, Portland and Harwich.
August 1942 Dieppe Raid as an escort
June 1944 Normandy landings, sweeping the route for Juno Beach
June 1945 Reserve on the Tees at Hartlepool.
1946 passed to the RAF as HMAVF Bridlington along with her sister Bridport. Her weapons were removed and she was repainted in pale grey and white. Her RAF complement was 48 men, 4 of these were officers. She was attached to HMS Sea Eagle in Londonderry
October 1955 she left England and carried a preliminary survey team to Gan she then ferried supplies across the 600 miles from Ceylon until the old wartime runway was back in use.
26/4/1956 arrived back at Plymouth and was laid up in Devonport.

Battle Honours: DIEPPE 1942 - ENGLISH CHANNEL 1940-43 - NORMANDY 1944

Re: Bridlington 1940 HMS - Minesweeper

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:09 pm
by E28
Bridlington was 1 of the 4 RN diesel Bangor class with a further 10 later built in Canada for the RCN.

There is an issue with the launch dates for both the Denny pair Bridlington and Bridport.

Lenton & Colledge say both 29-2-1940 this being the date most widely used in most sources.
The Denny list says Bridlington 29-2-1940, Bridport 26-3-1940 the one i'd go for.
Clydeships states Bridlington 26-3-1940, Bridport 29-2-1940

One of this pair was launched 29-2-1940 the other was on 26-3-1940

This is simply to put the record straight. Draw your own conclusions.