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Barfount 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:41 am
by Woody
HMS Barfount
Boom Defence Vessel, Bar Class - Z.190
Laid down 6/6/1941 and launched by William Simons & Co Renfrew, Yard No 745, on 5/1/1942. Arrived at Hendrik Ido, Ambacht, 19/8/1964 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

Commissioned 11/2/1942
8/12/1942 arrived at Diego Suarez from Kilindini to lay the A/S A/B Boom and bottom net.

Re: Barfount 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:01 pm
by E28
The Bar class became the standard boom vessel during the second war, a large and very versatile type that saw service all over the World and whose abilities enabled them to carry out many other tasks normally done by other types including extensive salvage duties, right through to the late 1960's.
Capable of approx a 70 ton lift over the twin forward horns and the rounded stern enabled all the anchoring equipment to be easily handled giving much flexibility with the associated kedge anchor, cables and wires deployed. With large handling decks and the fwd derrick they were to prove a huge success much beloved by those who served in them.
The Bar class and their crews simply got on with the job, with little interference.
Thanks. E28

Re: Barfount 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:17 pm
by E28
A total of 74 Bar class were constructed for the RN, plus 3 in Australia by Cockatoo.

Where or how the names originated is any ones guess, but if it were down the local, then Barmaid was overlooked.
No doubt there are 'Barrage', as in Boom, connotations. Barrage herself was an earlier build out of Hall Russell. The last in class were built in 1943.
Only 2 war losses including the Lobnitz built Barlight in Dec 1941, whose subsequent history is intriguing, and Barflake sunk 22 Nov 1943 off Naples.

They all remained coal ships, and as such were the last in the Grey Navy. Ever, Ever being 'til the early 1970's.

Re: Barfount 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:37 am
by Sandrah1964
My dad was on this vessel.[IMAGE][/IMAG

Re: Barfount 1942 HMS - Boom Defence Vessel

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:46 pm
by E28
Thanks & welcome Sandra for the image with your Dad. Do you have a date when he served in Barfount please and his branch specialisation.

When these Bar boats first entered service, although under the white ensign as fully commissioned ships of the grey navy, they were all skippered by assorted RNR, Royal Naval Reserve types or the Wavy Navy as they were termed. The word Commanding Officer was anathema.
These included-
Skipper Lieutenant.
Temporary Lieutenant.
Chief Skipper.
Temporary Boom Skipper.
They were invariably older men with vast experience at sea who kept the 'routines' on board as informal as practical.
I cannot identify which branch the officer is, not RNR or RNVR, it does not matter in such circumstances.