BYMS 2024
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.

Built by: Seattle Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Seattle, Washington, USA. (West Coast)
Laid down: 24 March 1942.
Launched:  27 June 1942.
Handed over to Royal Navy: 9 November 1942
Returned to USA: 23 May 1947 and sold to Italy. Renamed Narciso.

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.

MOVEMENTS.

9 November 1942, Completed.
13 May 1943, Cristobal, Panama Canal.
18 to 23 May 1943, Trinadad.
5 June 1943, Belem, Brazil.
11 to 19 July 1943, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
31 July 1943, Casablanca, Morocco.
1 to 4 August 1943, Gibraltar.
9 to 30 August 1943, Malta.
3 Sep 1943, Tripoli, Libya.
24 July t 12 Nov 1944, Naples, Italy.
14 Nov 1944, Taranto, Italy.
13 Dec 1944, Taranto, Italy.
13 Dec 1944, Piraeus, (Athens) Greece.
19 Dec 1944, Taranto, Italy.
2 and 3 Jan 1945, Patras.
16 Feb 1945, Bari, Italy, Adriatic coast.
17 Feb to 12 March 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
17 to 23 April 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
6 May 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
11 May 1945, Trieste.
15 May 1945,  Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
23 May to 18 June 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
19 June to 5 July 1945, Malta.
5 July 1945, Ancona, Italy, Adriatic.
23 May 1947, Returned to USA.

15 July 1943,  BYMS.24, illness.
PEDEN, William, Engineman, RNPS, LT/KX 131700, died.

Saturday, 12 May 1945. BYMS.2024.
HAY, Roderick, Cook, RNPS, LT/MX 107221, DOWS.  (Died of wounds)
 

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
Tempy. Skipper Lieut., A. H. V. Winfield (act) 2 July 42
Tempy. Skipper, D. H. McKay 8 Aug 42
Tempy. Skipper, J. Hunt, 8 Aug 42.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Tempy. Skipper Lieut., A. H. V. Winfield (act) 2 July 42
Tempy. Skipper, D. H. McKay 8 Aug 42
Tempy. Skipper, J. Hunt, 8 Aug 42.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Skipper Lieut., R. C. Turner, (In Command) 8 Mar 45.
Tempy. Skipper, H. Daniel, Jan 43

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 BYMS 2024 in Italian navy and renamed Narciso, 5410.