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ROYAL NAVY - UNITED KINGDOM

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

Admiralty-type drifters, steel hull (1917-1920)

wooden-hull drifter Blue Sky 1918

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Billow (ex-Sunshine) 3951 44 Webster & Bickerton, Goole   7/1918 9/1918 sold 1935
Blare 4140   Brooke, Lowestoft   1918 ---// 4/1919 completed mercantile
Blizzard 3971 90 Colby, Lowestoft   1918 7/1918 sold 1921
Blue Haze 4144 8 Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 6/1919 sold 7/1919
Blush 4198   Brooke, Lowestoft   --- --- cancelled 1919
Bluster 4199   Brooke, Lowestoft   --- --- cancelled 1919
Bow Wave 4142 9 Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 ---// 7/1919 completed mercantile
Breaker 4143   Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 ---// 9/1919 completed mercantile
Brine 3956 53 Ouse, Hook   15/7/1918 7/1918 sold 7/1920
Broil 4144   Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 ---// 10/1919 completed mercantile
Bubble 4145   Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 10/1919 sold 12/1919
Calm 3877 442 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   9/5/1918 6/1918 sold 8/1920
Cascade 3967 54 Ouse, Hook   3/7/1918 6/1918 sold 1945
Catspaw 3958 55 Ouse, Hook   6/8/1918 8/1918 foundered 31/12/1919
Chimera 4146 1 Brown's Drydock, Hill   1919 7/1920 sold 9/1920
Clearing   357 Ailsa, Troon   28/8/1919 11/1919 sold 3/1921
Cloud 3876 441 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   11/4/1918 5/1918 sold 1946
Cloudbank 4114 47 Webster & Bickerton, Goole   --- --- cancelled 1919
Cloudburst 4147 2 Brown's Drydock, Hill   --- --- cancelled 1919
Cold Snap 3875 440 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   28/1/1918 3/1918 sold 1945
Coldblast   358 Ailsa, Troon   19/11/1919 12/1919 sold 3/1921
Conflagration 4200   Watson   1919 9/1919 sold 9/1920
Crescent Moon 3878 443 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   27/5/1918 6/1918 sold 4/1946
Crosstide 4115   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Current 4148 499 Chambers, Oulton Broad   1919 12/1919 sold 9/1920
Cyclone 4501   Watson   1919 10/1919 sold 12/1919
Dark Night 4116   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Dawn, 1919- Expanse 3879 444 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   11/6/1918 6/1918 sold 11/1919
Daybreak 3880 445 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   9/7/1918 8/1918 sold 8/1920
Dayspring (non-standard) 3382 271 Fellows, Great Yarmouth   1917 12/1917 sold 8/1920
Dew 3969 56 Ouse, Hook   1918 9/1918 sold 6/1920
Distance 4149 500 Chambers, Oulton Broad   1919 1/1920 sold 9/1920
Downpour 4117   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Drizzle 4150 501 Chambers, Oulton Broad   1919 2/1920 sold 5/1920
Drought     Ailsa, Troon   --- --- cancelled 1919
Dusk 3881 446 Duthie Torry, Aberdeen   9/8/1918 9/1918 sold 6/1920
Ebbtide 4151   Chambers, Oulton Broad   --- --- cancelled 1919
Eddy 3973 550 Hall, Aberdeen   6/8/1918 8/1918 sunk 26/5/1942
Elephanta (non-standard) 3836   Fellows, Great Yarmouth   1919 ---// 1/1920 completed mercantile
Eventide 4152   Chambers, Oulton Broad   --- --- cancelled 1919
Expanse     Ailsa, Troon   --- --- cancelled 1919
Fair Wind, 5/1919- Attentive 3974 551 Hall, Aberdeen   6/8/1918 8/1918 sold 6/1920
Falling Sea 4153   Chambers, Oulton Broad   --- --- cancelled 1919
Falling Star 3975 552 Hall, Aberdeen   20/8/1918 9/1918 sold 11/1919
Flaff 4502   Watson   1919 1/1920 sold 1/1920
Flash 3970 90 Colby, Lowestoft   16/2/1918 6/1918 sold 11/1920
Flicker 3976 553 Hall, Aberdeen   21/8/1918 9/1918 sold 1935
Flow 4503   Watson   1920 ---// 3/1920 completed mercantile, examination service 9/1939-3/1946
Foam   445 Abdela & Mitchell, Queensferry   1919 10/1920 sold 1/1921
Fogbreak     Abdela & Mitchell, Queensferry   1920 12/1920 sold 1/1921
Fork Lightning 4112 5 Brooke, Lowestoft   1918 11/1918 sold 8/1920
Freshet 3977 554 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 10/1918 sold 7/1920
Froth 3978 555 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 10/1918 sold 1920
Fumarole 4162   Colby, Lowestoft   1918 1/1919 sold 1947
Fume 4163   Colby, Lowestoft   1919 6/1919 sold 1920
Galaxy 4164   Colby, Lowestoft   1919 ---// 4/1919 completed mercantile
Gale 4125 566 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 ---// 6/1919 completed mercantile
Glitter 3979 556 Hall, Aberdeen   8/10/1918 11/1918 base ship Raleigh 1930
Gloss 4165 99 Colby, Lowestoft   1919 ---// 8/1919 completed mercantile
Glow 3980 557 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 11/1918 sold 11/1919, minesweeper 12/1939-11/1945
Green Sea 4166   Colby, Lowestoft   1919 4/1920 sold 12/1920
Grey Sea 4113 100 Brooke, Lowestoft   1918 1/1919 sold 9/1920
Groundswell 4137 65 Ouse, Hook   17/5/1919 4/1920 sold 11/1920
Gulf Stream 4167 101 Colby, Lowestoft   1919 9/1919 sold 8/1920
Gust 3981 558 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 12/1918 sold 10/1920
Halo 3908 545 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 5/1918 sold 1946
Harmattan 3906 543 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 4/1918 sold 1946
High Tide 4168   Colby, Lowestoft   1919 10/1919 sold 11/1919, examination vessel 9/1940, foundered 30/3/1945
Horizon 3905 542 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 3/1918 sold 1945
Iceberg 3910 547 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 7/1918 sold 11/1919
Icefield 4136 64 Ouse, Hook   5/4/1919 2/1920 sold 9/1920
Icefloe 3909 546 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 6/1918 sold 12/1919
Icepack 3911 548 Hall, Aberdeen   12/6/1918 7/1918 sold 1922
Icicle 3912 549 Hall, Aberdeen   25/6/1918 7/1918 sold 7/1920
Indian Summer 3916 55 Lewes   1918 2/1918 torpedo recovery vessel 1942
Landbreeze 4169 103 Colby, Lowestoft   1919 2/1920 sold 4/1920
Landfall 3921 60 Lewis, Aberdeen   15/6/1918 7/1918 sold 1946
Lasher 4130 571 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 2/1920 sold 2/1920, examination service 8/1939 - 1942
Leefield     Ouse, Hook   --- --- cancelled 1919
Leeward 3917 56 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 2/1918 sold 1947
Leeway     Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 1918 sold 1922
Levanter 4118 559 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 12/1918 stranded 13/10/1926
Low Tide     Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 12/1919 sold 1/1920
Lull 3919 58 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 4/1918 sold 1921
Lunar Bow 3920 59 Lewis, Aberdeen   15/6/1918 7/1918 sold 1945
Melody 4172 101 King's Lynn SY   1920 2/1921 sold 2/1921
Mirage 3926 65 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 12/1918 sold 7/1920
Mist 3927 66 Lewis, Aberdeen   21/11/1918 12/1918 to War Dept. 1943
Moonbeam 3922 61 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 9/1918 sold 1922
Moonset   15 Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 2/1920 sold 2/1920
Moonshine 3923 62 Lewis, Aberdeen   4/9/1918 9/1918 sold 1924
Morn 4173   Thompson, North Sands   1920 ---// 3/1921 completed mercantile
Murk 3925 64 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 11/1918 sold 10/1920
Neaptide 4174 66 Ouse, Hook   1919 8/1920 sold 11/1920
Nebula 3934 34 Rose St. Foundry, Inverness, Inverness   1918 11/1918 sold 8/1920
New Moon 3936   Rose St. Foundry, Inverness   1919 ---// 1/1920 completed mercantile
Node 3988   Colby, Lowestoft   1918 10/1918 sold 1922
Noontide 3989   Colby, Lowestoft   11/6/1918 9/1918 target towing 1944
Northern Lights 3935 35 Rose St. Foundry, Inverness   1919 ---// 4/1919 completed mercantile
Ocean Swell   16 Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 --- // 1920 completed mercantile, netlayer 10/1939 - 8/1945
Outline     Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 --- // 1920 completed mercantile
Overfall 3990 94 Colby, Lowestoft   1918 10/1918 sold 1921, minesweeper 11/1939-1943
Ozone 3937 37 Rose St. Foundry, Inverness   1919 3/1920 sold 5/1920
Pampero 4133 574 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 ---// 11/1919 completed mercantile
Phosphorus 4122 563 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 ---// 2/1919 completed mercantile
Puff     Brooke, Lowestoft   1920 --- // 1920 completed mercantile
Quicksand 3991   Colby, Lowestoft   1918 3/1919 sold 8/1920
Radiation 4176 68 Ouse, Hook   1920 11/1920 sold 11/1920
Rainband 4175 67 Ouse, Hook   17/6/1919 9/1920 sold 12/1920
Sandstorm 3907 544 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 5/1918 sold 7/1920
Scintilla 4177 69 Ouse, Hook   1920 11/1920 sold 12/1920
Scotch Mist 4178   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Sea Fog 3952 45 Webster & Bickerton, Goole   1918 12/1918 sold 11/1919
Seabreeze 4119 560 Hall, Aberdeen   22/11/1918 1/1919 sold 1946
Sea Mist 4179   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Sheen 3955   Brooke, Lowestoft   11/5/1918 8/1918 torpedo recovery vessel 1943
Shower 3998   Brooke, Lowestoft   1918 9/1918 sold 8/1945
Sirocco     Ailsa, Troon   --- --- cancelled 1919
Skyline 3887   Fellows   --- --- cancelled 1919
Sleet 3999   Brooke, Lowestoft   1918 11/1918 sold 8/1920
Smoke Cloud 4180   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Snowdrift 3918 57 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 4/1918 sold 10/1920
Snowflake 3953 46 Webster & Bickerton, Goole   1919 12/1919 sold 8/1920
Snowstorm 4181   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Space 4183   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Spark 4182   Goole SB   --- --- cancelled 1919
Spectrum 3954   Brooke, Lowestoft   27/3/1918 7/1918 sold 9/1920
Spurt 4184   Pimblott, Northwich   1919 1/1920 sold 9/1920
Stern Wave 4185 357 Pimblott, Northwich   1919 3/1920 sold 8/1920
Sunburst 3924 63 Lewis, Aberdeen   1918 11/1918 sold 1921
Sundown 4120 561 Hall, Aberdeen   22/11/1918 2/1919 wrecked 30/8/1939
Sunset 3950 43 Webster & Bickerton, Goole   6/1918 6/1918 tender 1920, minesweeper 1940, lost 1/4/1942
Thunderclap 4123 564 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 ---// 6/1919 completed mercantile
Tidal Wave 4126 567 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 3/1919 sold 12/1919
Tideset 4188   Howden   --- --- cancelled 1919
Tradewind 4189   Howden   --- --- cancelled 1919
Typhoon 4124 565 Hall, Aberdeen   1918 ---// 5/1919 completed mercantile
Undertow 4190 277 Scott, Bowling   1919 8/1919 sold 1/1920
Waft 4191 278 Scott, Bowling   1919 9/1919 sold 1/1920
Waterfall 4132 573 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 ---// 9/1919 completed mercantile
Watershed 4127 568 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 10/1919 sold 10/1919
Watersmeet 4131 572 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 ---// 9/1919 completed mercantile
Waterway 4192 279 Scott, Bowling   --- --- cancelled 1919
Wavecrest 4193 280 Scott, Bowling   --- --- cancelled 1919
Wavelet 4121 562 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 ---// 2/1919 completed mercantile
Whirlblast   859 Lea, Canning Town   1919 ---// 7/1920 completed mercantile
Whirlpool 4129 570 Hall, Aberdeen   10/10/1919 3/1920 sold 1947
Whisk 4194 281 Scott, Bowling   --- --- cancelled 1919
White Frost 4195 282 Scott, Bowling   --- --- cancelled 1919
White Horses 4128 569 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 10/1919 sold 4/1920
Whitecloud   860 Lea, Canning Town   1919 8/1920 sold 12/1920
Williwaw     Brooke, Lowestoft   1919 1/1920 sold 9/1920
Windfall 4135 576 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 ---// 5/1920 completed mercantile
Windrise 4196   Warren   1920 8/1920 sold 11/1920
Windshift 4197   Warren   1920 10/1920 sold 12/1920
Windward 4134 575 Hall, Aberdeen   1919 12/1919 sold 12/1919

 

Displacement normal, t

148

Displacement full, t

200

Length, m

28.4

Breadth, m

5.74

Draught, m

2.25

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 1 boiler

Power, h. p.

270

Max speed, kts

9

Fuel, t

coal 37

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I/II or 1 x 1 - 57/42 6pdr Nordenfelt Mk I/II, sweep

Complement

 

Ship project history: Standard Admiralty design of drifter with steel hull. The two non-standard drifters measured 103 and 107BRT and were slightly larger than standards.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Catspaw foundered 28/12/1919 in the Kattegat while enroute from Reval to Copenhagen. Eddy was mined 26/5/1942 off Malta. Levanter stranded 13/10/1926 near Peterhead. Sundown wrecked 30/8/1939 on Sullom Voe, Shetlands.

Thanks to Wolfgang Stoehr for many corrections of  information about builders.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10