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BANGOR minesweepers, VTE-engined (BLYTH) (1940 - 1944)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate Modification
Blyth J15   Blyth 1/1940 2/9/1940 6/1941 sold 5/1948 high-speed VTE
Peterhead J59   Blyth 2/1940 31/10/1940 9/1941 CTL 8/6/1944 high-speed VTE
Bude J226 1027 Lobnitz, Renfrew 4/1940 4/9/1940 2/1941 to Egypt 1946 (نصر [Nasr]) slow-speed VTE, British-built
Cromer J128 1028 Lobnitz, Renfrew 5/1940 7/10/1940 4/1941 sunk 9/11/1942 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Eastbourne J127 1029 Lobnitz, Renfrew 6/1940 5/11/1940 5/1941 sold 9/1948 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Felixstowe J126 1030 Lobnitz, Renfrew 8/1940 15/1/1941 7/1941 sunk 18/12/1943 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Fraserburgh J124 1031 Lobnitz, Renfrew 8/1940 12/5/1941 9/1941 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Konkan (ex-Tilbury) (RIM) J228 4044 Lobnitz, Renfrew 8/1941 18/2/1942 6/1942 sold 1963 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Orissa (ex-Clydebank) (RIM) J200 1039 Lobnitz, Renfrew 5/1941 20/11/1941 3/1942 BU 1949 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Rajputana (ex-Lyme Regis) (RIM) J197 1040 Lobnitz, Renfrew 6/1941 31/12/1941 4/1942 BU 1961 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Rhyl J36 1025 Lobnitz, Renfrew 11/1939 21/6/1940 11/1940 sold 9/1948 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Romney J77 1026 Lobnitz, Renfrew 2/1940 3/8/1940 12/1940 sold 1/1950 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Seaham J123 1032 Lobnitz, Renfrew 10/1940 16/6/1941 12/1941 fishery protection vessel 1946, to Burma 8/1947 (Chinthe) slow-speed VTE, British-built
Sidmouth J47 210 Robb, Leith 6/1940 15/3/1941 8/1941 sold 1/1950 slow-speed VTE, British-built
Stornoway J31 211 Robb, Leith 7/1940 10/6/1941 11/1941 to Egypt 9/1946 (مطروح [Matrouh]) slow-speed VTE, British-built
Bayfield (RCN 1941 - 1945) J08 2556 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 12/1940 26/5/1941 2/1942 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Bellechasse (RCN) J170 129 Burrard, Vancouver, Canada 4/1941 20/10/1941 12/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Blairmore (RCN) J314 - J193, 1951- FSE183 65 Port Arthur, Canada 2/1942 14/5/1942 11/1942 to Turkey 1958 (Beycoz) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Burlington (RCN) J250 16 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 7/1940 23/11/1940 9/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Canso (RCN 1942 - 1945) J21 2557 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 12/1940 9/6/1941 3/1942 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Caraquet (RCN 1942 - 1945) J38 2558 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 1/1941 2/6/1941 4/1942 to Portugal 1946 (Almirante Lacerda) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Chedabucto (RCN) J168 127 Burrard, Vancouver, Canada 1/1941 14/4/1941 9/1941 collision 21/10/1943 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Chignecto (RCN) J160, 1951- FSE184 2554 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 11/1940 12/12/1940 10/1941 sold 1957 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Clayoquot (RCN) J174 39 Prince Rupert, Canada 6/1940 3/10/1940 8/1941 sunk 24/12/1944 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Courtenay (RCN) J262 42 Prince Rupert, Canada 1/1941 2/8/1941 3/1942 sold 4/1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Cowichan (RCN) J146 2550 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 4/1940 8/9/1940 4/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Drummondville (RCN) J253 - J181, 1951- FSE177 137 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 10/1940 21/5/1941 10/1941 sold 1960 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Fort William (RCN) J311, 1951- FSE185 61 Port Arthur, Canada 8/1941 30/12/1941 8/1942 to Turkey 1957 (Bodrum) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Fort York (ex-Mignan) J119 21 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 2/1941 24/8/1941 2/1942 to Portugal 9/1950 (Comandante Almeida Carvalho) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Gananoque (RCN) J259 - J184, 1951- FSE186 19 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 1/1941 23/4/1941 11/1941 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Georgian (RCN) J144, 1951- FSE187 17 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 10/1940 28/1/1941 9/1941 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Goderich (RCN) J260, 1951- FSE188 20 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 1/1941 14/5/1941 11/1941 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Grandmère (RCN) J258 142 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 6/1941 21/8/1941 12/1941 sold 1947 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Guysborough (RCN 1942) J52 2559 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 5/1941 21/7/1941 4/1942 sunk 17/3/1945 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Ingonish (RCN 1943 - 7/1945) J69 2560 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 6/1941 30/7/1941 8/1942 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Kelowna (RCN) J261 41 Prince Rupert, Canada 12/1940 28/5/1941 2/1942 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Kenora (RCN) J281 - J191, 1951- FSE189 60 Port Arthur, Canada 8/1941 20/12/1941 8/1942 to Turkey 1957 (Bandırma) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Kentville (RCN) J312 - J182, 1951- FSE190 63 Port Arthur, Canada 12/1941 17/4/1942 10/1942 to Turkey 1957 (Bartın) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Lockeport (RCN 1942 - 7/1945) J100 2561 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 6/1941 22/8/1941 5/1942 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Mahone (RCN) J159 - J192, 1951- FSE191 2553 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 8/1940 14/11/1940 9/1941 to Turkey 1958 (Beylerbeyi) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Malpèque (RCN) J148 - J186, 1951- FSE192 2551 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 4/1940 5/9/1940 4/1941 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Medicine Hat (RCN) J256 - J197, 1951- FSE193 140 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 1/1941 25/6/1941 12/1941 to Turkey 11/1957 (Biga) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Milltown (RCN) J317 - J194, 1951- FSE194 62 Port Arthur, Canada 8/1941 27/1/1942 9/1942 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Minas (RCN) J165 - J189, 1951- FSE195 125 Burrard, Vancouver, Canada 10/1940 22/1/1941 8/1941 sold 8/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Miramichi (RCN) J169 128 Burrard, Vancouver, Canada 11/1940 2/9/1941 11/1941 sold 1949 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Mulgrave (RCN) J313 64 Port Arthur, Canada 12/1941 2/5/1942 11/1942 CTL 8/10/1944 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Nipigon (RCN) J154 - J188, 1951- FSE196 15 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 7/1940 1/10/1940 11/1941 to Turkey 11/1957 (Bafra) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Outarde (RCN) J161 2555 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 10/1940 27/1/1941 12/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Parrsborough J117 22 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada   26/6/1941 5/1942 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Port Hope (RCN) J280 - J183, 1951- FSE197 27 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 9/1941 14/12/1941 7/1942 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Qualicum J138 23 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada   3/9/1941 5/1942 sold 2/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Quatsino (RCN) J152 40 Prince Rupert, Canada 6/1940 1/9/1941 11/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Quinte (RCN) J166 126 Burrard, Vancouver, Canada 12/1940 3/8/1941 8/1941 sold 8/1947 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Red Deer (RCN) J255 - J196, 1951- FSE198 139 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 1/1941 5/10/1941 11/1941 sold 2/1959 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Sarnia (RCN) J309 - J190, 1951- FSE199 28 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 9/1941 21/1/1942 8/1942 to Turkey 1957 (Büyükdere) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Shippigan J212 24 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada   12/8/1941 6/1942 sold 1/1948 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Stratford (RCN) J310 29 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 10/1941 14/2/1942 8/1942 sold 1947 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Swift Current (RCN) J254 - J185, 1951- FSE200 138 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 10/1940 29/5/1941 11/1941 to Turkey 1958 (Bozcaada) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Tadoussac J220 25 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 4/1941 22/8/1941 3/1942 sold 10/1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Thunder (RCN) J156 18 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 12/1940 19/3/1941 10/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Ungava (RCN) J149 2552 North Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada 4/1940 9/10/1940 5/1941 sold 1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Vègreville (RCN) J257 141 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 6/1941 7/10/1941 12/1941 sold 1947 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Wasaga (RCN) J162 124 Burrard, Vancouver, Canada 9/1940 23/1/1941 6/1941 sold 4/1946 slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Wedgeport J139 26 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada   2/8/1941 4/1942 sold 9/1946, to Egypt 1949 (السلوم [Sollum]) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Westmount (RCN) J318 - J187, 1951- FSE201 30 Dufferin, Toronto, Canada 10/1941 14/3/1942 9/1942 to Turkey 1957 (Bornova) slow-speed VTE, Canadian-built
Bihar (RIN) J247   Garden Reach, Ranchi, India 6/1941 7/7/1942 2/1944 sold 1949 slow-speed VTE, Indian-built
Deccan (RIN) J129   Garden Reach, Ranchi, India 5/1943 24/4/1944 3/1945 sold 1948 slow-speed VTE, Indian-built
Malwa (RIN) J55   Garden Reach, Ranchi, India 5/1943 21/6/1944 1945 to Pakistan 1948 (پشاور [Peshawar]) slow-speed VTE, Indian-built
Oudh (RIN) J245   Garden Reach, Ranchi, India 6/1941 3/3/1942 10/1943 to Pakistan 1948 (دککا [Dacca]) slow-speed VTE, Indian-built
Lantan (ex-Beaulieu) J208   Hong Kong & Whampoa, Hong Kong 7/1941 2/1943 --- // 8/1943 completed mercantile by Japanese slow-speed VTE, Hong Kong-built
Lyemun (ex-Looe) J209   Hong Kong & Whampoa, Hong Kong 7/1941 1942 --- // 3/1943 completed by Japanese (南洋 [Nanyo]) slow-speed VTE, Hong Kong-built
Taitam (ex-Portland) J210   Taikoo, Hong Kong 7/1941 2/1943 --- // 4/1944 completed by Japanese (第101号掃海艇 [101-go]) slow-speed VTE, Hong Kong-built
Waglan (ex-Seaford) J211   Taikoo, Hong Kong 7/1941 3/1943 --- // 9/1944 completed by Japanese (第102号掃海艇 [102-go]) slow-speed VTE, Hong Kong-built


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

656 - 688

Displacement full, t

825 - 875

Length, m

54.9

Breadth, m

8.69

Draught, m

2.97 - 3.12 deep load (3.56 - 3.73 by screws)

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

2400

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 150

Endurance, nm(kts)

4000(10)

Armament

completed 1940-1943: 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk I/II/III/IV or 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 DC in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

completed 1943-1945: 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk I/II/III/IV or 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, (0 - 1) x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, (1 - 3) x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

Chedabucto, Clayoquot, Cowichan, Mahone, Malpeque, Minas, Miramichi, Nipigon, Quatsino, Quinte, Ungava, Wasaga: 1 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk 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

Bihar, Clydebank, Lyme Regis, Oudh, Tilbury: 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

Electronic equipment

completed 1940-1942: type 128 sonar

completed 1942-1943: type 286PU radar (some), type 128 sonar

completed 1943-1945: type 291U radar (some), type 128 sonar

Complement

60 - 87



Standard scale images


<i>Rhyl</i> 1943
Rhyl 1943


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


1942-1943, earlier ships (some): + type 286PU radar

1943 - 1944, all early 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.

1953, most RCN ships: - 1 x 1 - 76/40 or 1 x 1 - 76/45 or 1 x 1 - 102/40; + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 144 sonar

Naval service


Were lost on mines: Cromer 9/11/1942 at coast of Egypt; Felixstowe 18/12/1943 at Sardinia. Mulgrave was badly damaged by a mine 8/10/1944 and never repaired.

Clayoquot was sunk 24/12/1944 by German submarine U806 near Halifax. Guysborough was sunk 17/3/1945 by German submarine U878 in bay of Biscay. Chedabucto was lost 21/10/1943 at collision with s/s Lord Kelvin. Peterhead foundered 8/6/1944, salvaged, repaired and re-commissioned.

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