MOVEMENTS.

7 October 1943, completed.
10 to 14 Dec 1943, Bermuda.
22 to 25 Dec 1943, Horta, Azores.
31 Dec 1943, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
3 Jan 1944, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
3 Jan to 23 April 1944, Ardrossan, Scotland (West Coast)
25 April 1944, Plymouth.
8 to 19 May 1944, Liverpool.
21 May 1944, Portland.
13 June 1944 Portsmouth.
BYMS 2182’s movements at this time shows she was involved in the D-day landings.
3 to 18 July Plymouth.
4 Aug 1944 Portland.
4 Aug, 1944, Cherbourg, France.
Opening up the Port of Cherbourg after it was taken by the American Army.
11 to 18 Aug 1944, Portland.
18 Aug 1944, Cherbourg, France.
1 to 5 Sep 1944 Portland.
18 Sep to 27 Oct 1944, Dover.

27 to 31 Oct, 1944 Great Yarmouth.
2 to 27 Nov 1944, Kings Lynn.
18 Dec 1944, Great Yarmouth.
26 April 1945, Ostend, Belgium.
26 April 1945, Dover.
14 June 1945, Ostend, Belgium.
14 and 15 June 1945, Harwich.
16 June 1945, Aberdeen.
13 December 1946, returned to USA.

BYMS 2182
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:  167th MSF: 2047, 2051, 2061, 2069,2155, 2156, 2182, 2210.
Based at: Androssan and Liverpool 1943. ANCFX 1944. Humber 1945. NW Europe 1946. (ANCXF is the Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force, leading up to D-day and beyond.)

Built by: Henry C. Grebe and Co., Chicago, Illinois, United States (On Lake Michigan).
Laid down: 22 January 1943. 
Launched: 15 July 1943. 
Handed over to Royal Navy: 7 October 1943.  
Returned to USA: 13 December 1946. Sold to Greece and re-named HS Lambadias. Operated as  Patrol Boat, in 1959 and assigned P-234.

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. 

SEE ALSO, BYMS 2182, RICHARD’S STORY. ​Royal Navy Gunner, Richard Arthur Burden. CLICK HERE.

BYMS 2182 , "Leaving for service under foreign flags: Farewell to the BYMS of the Mine Sweeping Flotillas."  Illustrated London News Sep 20 1947.)  Royal Navy Minesweeping base, Wildfire III, Queenborough 1947.

BYMS 2182  from the collection of Richard Arthur Burden.

Officers and Crew of BYMS 2182, possibly when she was transferred to Great Britain on the 7 October 1943  or shortly after.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
Not on Navy Lists.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Tempy. Lieut., L. G. W. Beazley, 14 Mar 44. (In Command)
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., H, Veovers, 9 Oct 43.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Tempy. Lieut., L. G. W. Beazley, 14 Mar 44. (In Command)
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., H, Veovers, 9 Oct 43.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., N. McConnel, 18 0ct 44.

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