MOVEMENTS.

1 Sep 42, Completed.
28 Feb 43, Seattle, USA (West Coast)
3 April 43, Cristobal, Panama Canal.
13 April 43, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
13 June 1943, Gibraltar.
1 July 1943, Bizerte, Tunisia.
11 Sep 1943, Augusta, Sicily
12 to 14 Sep 1943, Malta.
10 Oct 1943, Malta.
23 Feb 1944, Malta.
6 March 1944, Augusta
28 April 1944, Malta
10 May 1944, Augusta
10 May944, Messina
21 May to 8 June 1944, Malta
10 June 1944, Naples, Italy.
20 to 22 June 1944, Taranto, Italy.
9 Oct 1944, Bari, Italy, (Adriatic Sea)
23 October 1944, Taranto, Italy.
8 Nov 1944, Taranto, Italy.
4 Jan 1945, Taranto, Italy.
18 Jan 1945, Ancona, Italy (Adriatic Sea)
28 Jan to 19 Feb 1945, Taranto, Italy.
24 Feb 1945, Ancona, Italy (Adriatic Sea)
20 March to 18 May 1945, Ancona, Italy (Adriatic Sea)
27 May to 12 July 1945, Ancona, Italy (Adriatic Sea)
13 July 1945, Venice, Italy.
5 to 7 August 1945. Ancona, Italy (Adriatic Sea)

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
Tempy. Lieut., J. B. Blake, 4 Apr 42
Tempy. Lieut., RCNVR . E. R Pendlebury, June 42
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., D. J. Gilshenan, May 42.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Tempy. Lieut., E. L. Pendlebury, (In Command) June 42.
Tempy. Lieut., D. J.  Gilshenan,  May 42.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Tempy. Lieut., J. A. Blackmore, (In Command) Feb 45
Tempy.  Sub-Lieut., J. B. Stephenson, Mar 45.
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BYMS 2009
British Yard Mine Sweeper


BRITISH YARD MINE SWEEPERS

BYMS’s were built in the United States and transferred the Royal Navy under the Lend-lease Programme. “British Yard Mine Sweepers” are so called because they were built to the same design as the US Navy’s “Yard Mine Sweepers”.  

Crews for the BYMS’s would sail to the United States, often on the Queen Mary, which could sail unescorted because of her greater speed, to collect their vessel. They would then have the formidable task of sailing their small vessel back across the Atlantic Ocean, often in winter. 

BYMS 2009. 153rd MFS: Mediterranean 2009, 2019, 2022, 2026, 2027, 2037, 2077, 2171, 2172.

Built by: Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, Washington, USA. (West Coast)
Laid down:  18 September 1941
Launched:  17 March 1942
Handed over to Royal Navy: 1 September 1942.
Returned to USA: 23 May 1947.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Wooden hull. Length, 130 feet. Beam, 25 feet 6 inches. Depth, 12 feet I inch. Draft, 8 foot 10.5 inches. Displacement 207-215 tons.

Engine: Two 800 bhp General Motors diesel engines.

Speed: 14.6 knots. 10 knots while sweeping. (Eight knots with double Oropesa sweeps)

Range: 2,500 at ten knots.

Compliment: 3 officers and 27 men.

Armament: One 3-inch HA/LA gun and two Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns.

BYMS’s were fitted with a drum on the stern with LL (double L) cables for sweeping magnetic mines, an acustic hammer on the bow for sweeping acustic mines and Oropesa floats for sweeping tethered mines.

All YMS and BYMS were built to the same design, the only variation was in the number of exhaust stacks. Minesweepers 1 to 134 had two sacks, 135 to 480 had one stack, 466 to 479 had no stacks.

BYMS 2009