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ROYAL NAVY - UNITED KINGDOM

CONVERTED MERCHANT VESSELS

WWII auxiliary minelayers

more than 1000 BRT:

Name Launched // Comm. Builder Tonnage, BRT Dimensions, m Speed, kts Machinery, Fuel, t Armament Fate
Agamemnon 25/4/1929 // 10/1940 Workman Clark, Belfast 13735 140.2 x 18.1 15.5 2diesels, oil 1191 2 - 102/45 Mk V, 2 - 40, 4 - 20, 4 - 13, 530 mines miscellaneous vessel 1944
Bungaree (RAN) 9/2/1937 // 10/1940 Caledon, Dundee 3155 112.5 x 14.8 x 6.8 11 1VTE+exh turbine, coal 573 2 - 102/40 Mk IV, 1 - 76/40, 467 mines returned 1946
Hampton (ex-Hampton Ferry) 30/7/1934 // 8/1939 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 2839 105.8 x 18.5 16.5 2turbines, coal 130 1 - 102/40, 2 - 13, 270 mines to MWT as ferry 7/1940
Holland 16/8/1919 // 1942 P. P. Stuhr, Denmark 1251 72.7(pp)x11.0x 9 1VTE    
Kung Wo 1921 // 1/1941 Hong Kong & Wampoa SYd 4636 110.5 x 14.8 15 2VTE, oil 2 - 102/45 BL Mk IX or 2 - 102/40 QF Mk IV, mines sunk 14/2/1942
Menestheus 6/8/1929 // 12/1939 Caledon, Dundee 13735 140.2 x 18.1 15.5 2diesels, oil 1191 2 - 102/45 Mk V, 2 - 40, 4 - 20, 4 - 13, 410 mines amenity ship 2/1945
Port Napier 23/4/1940 // 1940 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 9847 159.7 x 21.0 16 2diesels, oil 2 - 102/45 Mk V, 2 - 40, 550 mines fire 27/11/1940
Port Quebec 17/8/1939 // 1939 Thompson, North Sands 8490 142.6 x 18.1 16 1diesel, oil 2 - 102/45 Mk V, 2 - 40, 4 - 20, 2 - 13, 548 mines repair ship Deer Sound 1/1945
Princess Victoria 21/4/1939 // 9/1939 Denny, Dumbarton 2197 93.0 x 14.6 19 2diesels, oil 2 - 76/40, 244 mines sunk 19/5/1940
Shepperton (ex-Shepperton Ferry) 23/10/1934 // 8/1939 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 2839 105.8 x 18.5 16.5 2turbines, coal 130 1 - 102/40, 2 - 13, 270 mines CTL 5/5/1941
Southern Prince 12/3/1929 // 6/1940 Lithgows, Glasgow 10917 151.2 x 19.7 17 2diesels, oil 1874 2 - 102/45 Mk V, 7 - 20, 562 mines accommodation ship 10/1944
Teviotbank 1/12/1937 // 9/1939 Redhead, South Shields 5087 130.8 x 17.8 15 1VTE, coal 490 1 - 102/40, 1 - 76/40, 2 - 20, 280 mines returned 1945

less than 1000 BRT:

Alca (1929, 3717, 1 - 102/45, 6 - 20/70, 220 mines, 11/1940 - 1946), Alsey (1932, 416, 2/1940 - 1946), Atreus (1911, 6645, 1 - 76/40, 4 - 20/70, 192 mines, 1939 - 1945), Hong Lam (1928, 104, 11/1941 - ?/5/1943), Kaiwaka (RNZN) (1937, 169, 5/1941 - 1946), Loch Nevis (1934, 600, 11/1940 - 4/1944), Manyeung (1933, 371, 8/1939 - ?/12/1941)

Ship project history: Merchant vessels requisitioned by Admiralty for minelaying.

Modernizations: 1944, Bungaree: - 2 x 1 - 102/40; + 2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V. Late in the war most ships had 2 40/39-mm pompoms and 4 - 8 20/70-mm Oerlikons (Southern Prince had 14 Oerlikons only).

Naval service:  Format of date including day/month/year means loss of the vessel. Format of date containing month/year means return to owner or conversion to miscellaneous vessel. Princess Victoria was mined 19/5/1940. Shepperton and Kung Wo were sunk by aircraft.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10