Duchess 1903 HMS - Auxiliary Paddle Minesweeper

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Duchess 1903 HMS - Auxiliary Paddle Minesweeper

Post by Woody » Mon May 09, 2011 10:05 am

HMS Duchess
Auxiliary Paddle Minesweeper – 533
WWII:
HMS Duchess of Fife
Auxiliary Paddle Minesweeper - J.115
AA Gunnery Training Vessel
Launched by Fairfield Govan, Yard No 432, on 9/5/1903 as the Paddle Steamer Duchess of Fife for the Caledonian Steam Packet Company. Scrapped 15/9/1953 at Smith and Houston breakers, Port Glasgow.
336 GRT
210.3 ft x 25 ft x 8.6 ft
Engines by Barclay Curle & Co Ltd Glasgow
Side paddle, 4cyl. two crank Triple expansion diagonal, 16.5, 16.5, 35 and 52 in x 54 in, coal fired, NHP 199. Trials 17.55 knots
2 x 6pdr guns

26/5/1916 commissioned as the minesweeper HMS Duchess, based at Grimsby and Dover,
September 1919 Paid off
January 1923 to London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co.
1928 reboilered
August 1936 went aground at Kirn but was refloated
1939 to Caledonian SP Co.
October 1939 requisitioned for conversion to a minesweeper, and commissioned as HMS Duchess of Fife.
1 x 12 pdr plus light AA guns
She was based at Harwich as part of the 12th Minesweeping Flotilla.
28/5/1940 made her first crossing to La Panne beaches loading troops with boats and taking them to Margate. She made two more crossings, one of them to Dunkirk and is credited with taking of 1,801 troops.
1941 she was transferred to Port Edgar on the Forth where she became an anti-aircraft gunnery training vessel, being later transferred to the Solent.
January 1945 returned and virtually rebuilt on her refurbishment
1946 returned to service on the Clyde
6/6/1953 made her last service voyage and was laid up
September 1953 suffered a small fire and was scrapped
Attachments
C1 Duchess 533 GL.jpg
HMS Duchess
Image from Graham Lappin Collection
C2 Duchess of Fife leaving Dunkirk 3 crossings.JPG
HMS Duchess of Fife leaving Dunkirk
C3 DoF at Kilcreggan.jpg
HMS Duchess of Fife at Kilcreggan

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