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BANGOR minesweepers, turbine-engined (BEAUMARIS) (1940 - 1942)


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Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ardrossan J131   Blyth 9/1940 22/7/1941 5/1942 sold 1/1948
Baluchistan (ex-Greenock) (RIM) J182   Blyth 7/1941 11/5/1942 10/1942 to Pakistan 1948 (بلوچستان [Baluchistan])
Beaumaris J07 433 Ailsa, Troon 12/1939 31/10/1940 8/1941 sold 1/1948
Bootle J143 438 Ailsa, Troon 8/1940 23/10/1941 4/1942 sold 1/1948
Boston J14 434 Ailsa, Troon 11/1939 30/12/1940 1/1942 sold 1/1948
Brixham J105   Blyth 11/1940 21/10/1941 8/1942 sold 7/1948
Carnatic (ex-Newhaven) (RIM) J199 451 Hamilton, Glasgow 3/1941 29/7/1942 10/1942 sold 1949
Clacton J151 439 Ailsa, Troon 11/1940 19/12/1941 6/1942 sunk 31/12/1943
Cromarty J09   Blyth 6/1940 24/2/1941 12/1941 sunk 23/10/1943
Dornoch J173 440 Ailsa, Troon 1/1941 4/2/1942 7/1942 sold 1/1948
Dunbar J53   Blyth 6/1940 5/6/1941 3/1942 sold 1/1948
Hythe (ex-Banff) J194 437 Ailsa, Troon 7/1940 4/9/1941 3/1942 sunk 11/10/1943
Ilfracombe J95 444 Hamilton, Glasgow 10/1939 29/1/1941 8/1941 sold 1/1948
Kathiawar (ex-Hartlepool) (RIM) J155   Blyth 10/1941 14/7/1942 12/1942 to Pakistan 1948 (چتتگونگ [Chittagong])
Khyber (ex-Harwich) (RIM) J190 449 Hamilton, Glasgow 12/1940 17/2/1942 8/1942 sold 1949
Kumaon (ex-Middlesborough) (RIM) J164 450 Hamilton, Glasgow 12/1940 2/5/1942 11/1942 sold 1949
Llandudno J67 445 Hamilton, Glasgow 10/1939 8/11/1941 3/1942 sold 1947
Lyme Regis (ex-Sunderland) J193 582 A. Stephens, Linthouse 9/1941 19/3/1942 6/1942 BU 8/1948
Polruan J97 431 Ailsa, Troon 11/1939 18/7/1940 5/1941 BU 6/1950
Poole J147 581 A. Stephens, Linthouse 7/1940 25/6/1941 11/1941 sold 1/1948
Rohilkhand (ex-Padstow) (RIM) J180 452 Hamilton, Glasgow 8/1941 29/10/1942 2/1943 sold 1961
Rothesay J19 442 Hamilton, Glasgow 9/1939 18/3/1941 7/1941 sold 4/1950
Rye J76 432 Ailsa, Troon 11/1939 19/8/1940 11/1941 sold 8/1948
Tenby J34 443 Hamilton, Glasgow 9/1939 10/9/1941 12/1941 sold 1/1948
Whitehaven J121   Philip, Dartmouth 7/1940 29/5/1941 11/1941 sold 8/1948
Worthing J72   Philip, Dartmouth 11/1940 22/8/1941 3/1942 sold 7/1948


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

605

Displacement full, t

780

Length, m

53.0

Breadth, m

8.69

Draught, m

2.95 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 150

Endurance, nm(kts)

4000(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk I/II/III/IV, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII or 1 x 4 - 12.7/62, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

Cromarty, RIM ships: 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII or 1 x 4 - 12.7/62, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

Electronic equipmenttype 286PU radar (some), type 128 sonar
Complement

60 - 87



Standard scale images


<i>VTE-engined minesweeper Rhyl</i> 1943
VTE-engined minesweeper Rhyl 1943


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  <i>Whitehaven</i> <i>Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.</i>  
  Whitehaven Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.  


Project history


Bangor class minesweepers were designed as alternative to Halcyon class ships which, according to Admiralty, because of relatively large dimensions did not suited for a mass building. Deciding about designing the smaller minesweeper have accepted in 1938. Designing was conducted quickly and already in the beginning of next year design in two variants has been approved: with diesels and with turbines. In the spring of 1939 order for first 10 ships was placed. With the beginning of hostilities mass building of Bangor class started. Many small private yards have been attracted in fulfilment of this program. Foreseeing difficulties which could be at the last in the absence of experience of building of ships with turbine or diesels, Admiralty have developed the design of Bangor with VTEs, and again in two variants: with compact high-speed (a rotational speed of shafts was almost same, as well as at diesel-engined ship) and with more bulky, but habitual, slow-speed VTE. Last variant also became the most mass: British, Canadian and Indian yards have built 67 units, 4 more sister ships, laid down in Hong Kong, were captured by Japanese and has completed for their Navy.

Except the ships with slow-speed VTE, 26 turbine-engined, 14 diesel-engined and only 2 minesweepers with high-speed VTE were built.

Conceived as the pure minesweepers carrying under the design only 4 DCs, Bangor at a completion phase have received the strengthened anti-submarine armament. Because of the overload which have arisen thus it was necessary to refuse from provided by the design 102mm gun, more light 76mm AA gun was installed instead. Nevertheless, stability of Bangors, especially diesel variant, was considered in Britain as insufficient.

From 50 VTE ships, built in Canada, 12 were ordered by RN, but half from them have transferred to Canadian fleet.

Modernizations


1943 - 1944, all ships had 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII and / or (1 - 3) x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV as close range AA.

Naval service


Were lost on mines: Cromarty 23/10/1943 at Sardinia; Clacton 31/12/1943 at Corsica. Hythe was sunk 11/10/1943 by German submarine U371 at coast of Algeria.



Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.