OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
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OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., R. Fisher, Mar 44.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., W. Strutt, 17 Nov 43.
Tempy. Elect. Sub-Lieut., P. R. Cale, May 44.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut., R. Fisher. Mar 44.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut, W. Strutt, 17 Nov 43.
Tempy. Sub-Lieut, J. S. Bowler, 1 Mar 45.
Tempy. Elect. Sub-Lieut., P. R. Cale, May 44.

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BYMS 2254  in 1957, when in the Dutch Navy and designated as minesweeper M-832.

MOVEMENTS.

12 November 1943, completed.
3 Feb 1944, Charleston, South Carolina, United States.
7 to 11 Feb 1944, Bermuda.
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
20 Feb 1944, Horta, Azores.
29 Feb 1944, Falmouth.
29 Feb to 1 March, 1944, Portland.
1 March 1944, Portsmouth.
17 Dec 1944, Portsmouth.
BYMS 2254’s movements at this time would shows she was involved in the D-day landings.
17 Dec 1944, Le Havre, France. Just off the D-day beaches.
29 Dec 1944, Portsmouth.
9 to 13 Jan 1945, Portsmouth.
18 Jan to 3 Sep 1945, Ostend, Belgium.
Clearing the Belgium and Dutch coasts and opening up the Dutch ports.
1 Jan 1947, returned to USA.

BYMS 2254
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: 168th MSF: 2042, 2062, 2063, 2234 2253, 2254, 2279, 2280.
Based at: Portsmouth/ANCXF 1944. East Indies. (ANCXF is the Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force, leading up to D-day and beyond.)

Built by: Weaver Shipyard, Orange, Texas, USA.
Laid down: 30 May 1942.   
Launched: 31 January 1943. 
Handed over to Royal Navy: 12 November 1943.
Returned to USA: 1 Jan 1947. Sold to the Netherlands and re-named, Deurloo MV 43. Later designated as minesweeper M-832 and in 1957, Diving Vessel A-921.

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.