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
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: 160th MSF, Eastern Mediterranean, Levant: 2065, 2066, 2067, 2074, 2185, 2186, 2191,
Built by: Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, New York, USA.
Laid down: 8 August 1942.
Launched: 24 April 1943.
Handed over to Royal Navy: 8 June 1943.
Detonated a mine and sunk on 15 Oct 1944, Piraeus, Greece.
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.
peed: 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.
8 June 1943, completed.
5 August 1943, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
7 to 10 Aug 1943, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
17 Aug 1943, St John’s Newfoundland, Canada.
25 Aug to 23 Sep, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
26 Sep 1943, Milford Haven.
3 to 5 Oct 1943, Gibraltar.
7 and 8 Oct 1943, Algiers, Algeria.
11 to 13 Oct 1943, Malta.
18 Oct to 2 Nov, Alaxandria, Egypt.
9 Jan 1944, Brindisi, Italy, Adriatic.
20 May 1944, Alaxandria, Egypt.
26 May to 18 July, Bizerte, Tunisia.
20 July to 12 Aug 1944, Naples, Italy.
4 and 5 Sep 1944, Naples, Italy.
6 Sep to 9 Oct 1944, Malta.
15 Oct 1944, sunk by mine while under control of the Greek Navy at Piraeus, Greece.
OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
Not on Navy Lists.
OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Not on Navy Lists.
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