BYMS 2048
British Yard Mine Sweeper 2048.
Nore Command, World War Two 1939 to 1945.


BYMS 2048, Flotilla 160 in 1943, 170 in 1944 and 1945.

Built by: Gibbs Corp., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Laid down:  24 April 1942.
Launched: 19 August 1942
Completed and transferred to Royal Navy: 7 April 43,
Reclassified: HMS J-848 later HMS BYMS-2048
Assigned to the Nore Command, Flotilla 170 in 1944

BYMS 2048, after sold to Holland  in 1947.

MOVEMENTS.

7 April 43, completed.
5 June 43 Charleston.
22 June 43 New York.
23 to 25 June 43 Boston.
27 June to 26 July 43 Halifax.
13 Oct 43 to 12 Jan 44 St John’s.
25 Feb 44 Halifax. Crossed the Atlantic from Canada to the Azores island group and on to South England.
3 to 6 March 44 Horta, the Azores.
13 March 44 Falmouth.
14 March to 24 April 44 Swansea.
25 April 10 May 44 Plymouth.
8 June 44 Fowey, Cornwall.
10 June 44 Falmouth.
11 to 24 June 44 Swansea. Preceding American Convoys from West coast ports to the D-day landing Beaches.
25 Jun 44 Portland.
15 July France WTF.
6 Aug 44 Portland.
19 to 24 Aug 44 Portland.
24 Aug to 5 Sep 44. Cherbourg. Clearing mines from the all-important French port of Cherbourg after the American forces had captured it.
9 Sep to 31 Oct 44 Humber.
November 44, helped in clearing the Scheldt of mines, the most crucial minesweeping event of WW2.
2 Dec 44 Sheerness.
17 Jan 45 Antwerp.
18 Jan 45 Southend.
18 Jan 45 Harwich.
13 June to 16 July 45 Humber.
26 Aug 45 Cuxhaven, Germany. Clearing mines from German ports to allow ships carrying humanitarian aid, for people close to starvation, to discharge their cargoes.
27 Aug 45 Humber.

1946 on loan to Holland.

1 Jan 47, Returned to United States Navy and sold to Holland.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943.
Skipper Lieut., R.N.R. W Jappy (act) Sep 42.
Temp. Skipper Lieut., R.N.R., J. G. M. Taylor 7 Oct 42
Temp. Skipper Lieut., R.N.R., G. Thomson (act) 7 Oct 42

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Skipper Lieut., R.N.R., W Jappy (act) Sep 42.
Temp. Skipper R.N.R., G. Thomson 7 Oct 42

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Skipper Lieut., R.N.R., W. Jappy (act) (In Command) Sep 42.
Temp. Skipper R.N.R., G. Thomson 7 Oct 42
Temp. Skipper R.N.R., C. J. Palmer 6 May 45


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