MOVEMENTS.

19 April 1943, completed.
2 June 1943, New York, USA.
5 June 1943, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
7 June 1943, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
22 Jan 1944, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
30 Jan to 1 Feb 1944, Horta, Azores.
6 to 8 Feb 1944, Falmouth.
10 Feb to 24 April, Liverpool.
25 April 1944, Plymouth.
8 to 19 May 1944, Liverpool.
21 May 1944, Portland.
13 June 1944, Portsmouth.
BYMS 2210’s movements at this time would suggest she was involved in the D-day landings.
13vto 16 June 1944, Portland.
8 to 29 July 1944, Portland.
11 to 18 Aug 1944, Portland.
18 Aug 1944, Cherbourg, France.
Opening up the Port of Cherbourg after it was taken by the American Army.
14 to 16 Sep 1944, Portland.
18 Sep to 8 Nov 1944, Liverpool.
29 Nov 1944, Ostend, Belgium.
Clearing the Belgium and Dutch coasts, opening up the Port of Antwerp and opening up the Dutch ports.
21 June 1945, Ostend, Belgium.
10 April 1946, returned to USA.

CREW LOST: Wednesday, 11 July 1945. BYMS.2210
DOWNIE, John, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 258912, MPK. (Missing Presumed Killed)
DUFF, John, Engineman, RNPS, LT/KX 108974, MPK.
 

BYMS 2210
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. (Note, ANCXF is the Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force, leading up to D-day and beyond. MSF is Mine Sweeping Flotilla.)

Built by: Robert Jacob Inc., City Island, New York, USA.
Laid down: 4 April 1942. 
Launched: 7 September 1942. 
Handed over to Royal Navy: 19 April 1943.
Returned to USA: 10 April 1946. Sold to The Netherlands in in April 1946 and re-named HNLMS Borndiep (M 831). Other names, A-905 and MV-34 (Diving Vessel). Scrapped 1962.

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 2210 after being transferred to the Dutch Navy and her number changed to MV34.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
Tempy. Lieut., E. A. Parsons, 19 Apr 43. (In Command.)
Tempy. Lieut., W. N. Sturdy, 19 Apr 43.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., G. R. Fisher, 19 Apr 43.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Tempy. Lieut., E. A. Parsons, 19 Apr 43.  (In Command)
Tempy. Lieut., N. Sturdy, 19 Apr 43.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut, G. R. Fisher, 19 Apr 43.
Tempy. Act. Sub-Lieut., J. C. P. Leaney, 10 May 44.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Tempy. Lieut., E. A. Parsons 19 Apr 43. (In Command)
Tempy. Lieut., W. N. Sturdy, 19 Apr 43.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., G. R. Fisher, 19 Apr 43.
 Tempy. Sub-Lieut., J. C. P. Leaney, 10 May 44.

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