MOVEMENTS.

Completed. 30 October 1942.
18 March 1943, Seattle, USA (West Coast)
11 April 1943, Balboa, Panama Canal.
21 May 1943, Recife, Brazil.
29 May to 20 June 1943, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
10 July to 13 July 1943, Gibraltar.
3 Sep 1943, Tripoli.
6 October 1943, Malta.
7 to 13 Oct 1943, Bizerte, Tunisia.
14 Nov 1945,  Malta.
17 May 1944, Malta.
18 May 1944, Messina, Sicily.
1 Nov 1944. Malta.
16 Nov 1944, Taranto, Italy.
29 Nov 1944, Bari, Italy, Adriatic.
2 to 13 Dec 1944 Bari.
19 Dec 1944, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
15 Jan 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
18 Feb to 12 March 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
11  April to 19 June 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
4 July 1945, Venice.
7 September 1945, Trieste.
Returned to USA. 6 June 1947.

BYMS 2013
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. 

​MINE SWEEPING FLOTILLA:  152nd MSF: 2013, 2014, 2024, 2028. West Africa/Mediterranean 1943. East Indies 1945. Malaya 1946.

Built by: Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, Washington, USA. (West Coast)
Laid down:  4 March 1942.
Launched:  27 May 1942.
Handed over to Royal Navy: 30 October 1942.
Sold to Egypt: May 1947 and renamed Gaza.
Destroyed by fire 26 June 1950.

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 2013

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943
Tempy. Skipper Lieut., J. H. Miller(act) -Nov 42
Tempy. Skipper, J W. Kelly,  Nov 42
Tempy. Skipper, R. Tait, Nov 42

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Skipper Lieut., W. Rigby, (In Command) May 44
Tempy. Skipper, R. C. Turner, May 44.
Tempy. Skipper, R. Tait, Nov 42

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Skipper Lieut., W. Rigby, May 44.
Tempy. Skipper, R. Tait, Nov 42.
Tempy. Skipper, J. R. Dook, Dec 44.

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