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Built in 1906 the Delphinus saw service in World War One as a minesweeper where on the 18th and 19th January 1917 she salvaged the SS Anders (LG30538).
Surprisingly during WW1 Royal Navy warships still received Prize Bounty Money for the capture of enemy ships. They also received Salvage Money for saving ships and their cargoes.
At the outbreak of World War Two the Delphinus was again requisitioned by the Admiralty to be used as a minesweeper and based at the Minesweeper Base Wildfire III, Queenborough.
We do not have a picture of the Delphinus but she would have been similar to theses armed Trawlers sweeping the North Sea.
HMT Delphinus, Armed Mine Sweeper.
Pennant: FY 846
Year Constructed: 1906
Built by: Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. North Shields.
Fishing Number: GY981
Previous Names: Amelia.
Gross Tons: 257.
Length: 125.9 feet
Beam: 22.1 feet.
Depth: 12 Feet.
Armament: One 12 pounder Anti-aircraft gun,
2 .5" Anti-aircraft gun (1x2),
2 MG Anti-aircraft gun (2x1).
Nov 39, Requisitioned and converted to a minesweeper.
22 June 1941. Nore Command, Sheerness.
Minesweeper Trawler Group 123. DELPHINUS, Temp. Skipper, R.N.R. A. V. Roberts, 10 Sept 40
January 1942, ROYAL NAVY SHIPS,
Minesweeping Group 123 - minesweeping trawlers AMROTH CASTLE, DELPHINUS, PELAGOS, all at Sheerness.
To find out more of the Delphinus movements go to DRIFTERS AND TRAWLERS.
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES.
MID was awarded to Temp. Acting Skipper, R.N.R. George Wingfield Smith, 11 Feb 1941. Dunkirk.
A second MID was awarded to Temp. Acting Skipper, R.N.R. George Wingfield Smith, 14 June 1945, HM's birthday 45.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL.
DSM was awarded to Signalman Charles Mew, LD/X.4045, R.N.V.R., H.M.T. Delphinus.
ADMIRALTY FLEET ORDERS.
Admiralty, S.W.1, 10th June, 1943.
By Command of their Lordships.
The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following Appointments to the Distinguished Service Order and to approve the following Awards for gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the Enemy, or for zeal, patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters, and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, without which the high tradition of the Royal Navy could not have been upheld :
The Distinguished Service Medal. Signalman Charles Mew, LD/X.4045, R.N.V.R., H.M.T. “ Delphinus ”.
OFFICERS FROM NAVY LIST.
10 Sep 1940 to 28 May 1941, Temp. Skipper, R.N.R. Albert Victor Roberts.
28 May 1941 to 24 Jan 1944, Temp. Lieutenant R.C.N.V.R., Arthur Hugh Shaw Mayne.
24 Jan 1944 to June 1945, Temp. Act. Skipper, R.N.R. George Wingfield Smith.
During her service in World War One, Albert Septimus McDermott served on her as an Engineer. Born in Hull in 1885, he sailed out of the Orkneys on the Steam Trawler St Romanus after the war.
Engineer Albert McDermott, is second from right on the front row with cigarette in his hand while on the St Romanus. Thank you to Mike Eastwood for the information and photograph.
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