Minster 1924 HMS - Auxiliary Netlayer

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Woody
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Minster 1924 HMS - Auxiliary Netlayer

Post by Woody » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:05 pm

Clyde Warship Aux 1940-8-29
HMS Minster
Auxiliary Netlayer - T.198
Launched by D & W Henderson Ltd Glasgow, Yard No 634, on 17/6/1924 as a Cargo Vessel for the Southern Railway Company. Mined and sunk during the Normandy Invasion 8/6/1944
682grt
220ft x 33ft 6in x 14ft 1in
Twin screw, 2 x triple expansion, coal, 165 NHP giving 15 knots
2 x 2pdr, 2 x Lewis guns and 2 x Holman projectors
Fitted with a sloped net deck and 2 x 2 ton winches with 63 tons of net on the deck and 105 tons in the hold

Completed 18/8/1924
29/8/1940 requisitioned and converted into a netlayer
Based at Dover and served in Home waters
5/6/1944 left Torquay accompanying the Mulberry units heading for Omaha beach.
8/6/1944 at about mid-day she was in the Seine Bay near the Cardonnet Bank when she struck a mine. Most of the crew were below decks at mess and the majority, if not all of the crew, were lost. There were 72 casualties

Image of Minster Welcome
Attachments
C Tonbridge general arrangement.jpg
General arrangements for her netlayer sister Tonbridge

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Re: Minster 1924 HMS - Auxiliary Netlayer

Post by Robert1952 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:17 pm

WRT your post regarding casualties on Minster when she went down - "...most if not all crew were lost...", my father in law the late Bill (Charles Willie) Adamson survived though taken down as she sank, and brought back up to the surface by her foremast rigging as she hit the bottom and righted. Anecdotal evidence from Bill was that a total of five survived. We have not been able to establish total crew on board at the time, though unsubstantiated suggestions of 85 have been made.

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Re: Minster 1924 HMS - Auxiliary Netlayer

Post by philspear » Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:01 pm

IM TRYING TO GET PHOTOS OR CREW INFORMATION FOR THE MINSTER OR INFORMATION ABOUT MY GRAND FATHER ARTHUR EDWARD SPEAR WHO I NEVER KNEW OR MET , ACCORDING TO HIS NAVY RECORD WAS ON THE MINSTER FROM 1942 UNTIL SHE WAS SUNK IN 1944 , HE SURVIVED AND RUN A HARDWARE SHOP IN GOSPORT AFTER THE WAR.

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Re: Minster 1924 HMS - Auxiliary Netlayer

Post by Tracy E » Sat May 06, 2017 11:26 am

I am trying to find out some further information regarding the loss of HMS Minster in 1944. My mum's uncle Charles Cannell lost his life on 8th May,1944, when Minster hit a mine and sank with almost all crew. Charles was only 23 years old, and left behind a wife, and one daughter, who was born very shortly after his death.
I am researching to find out where there is a memorial to those lost on HMS Minster and any further information about what happened

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