Motor Minesweeper MMS 16 would have looked the same as her sister ship, MMS 192. Note, the Acoustic “hammer” on the bow in the up position used to sweep for acoustic mines and the drum on the stern for the LL cables used to detonate magnetic mines.

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Watch these short videos about the Wildfire III Minesweepers.
Minesweepers:
https://youtu.be/aTsYiZFzv5M
D-day minesweepers:
https://youtu.be/ZjlA5LxCAsg
Clearing the Scheldt:
https://youtu.be/8ELsc9T3Lbw
The Relief of Holland:
https://youtu.be/GghYEFHmOfY

MMS 16, Built by Wivenhoe Shipyard, Essex. Completed April 1941. Survived the war and sold in 1948.

12th June, 1941. MMS 16 detonated a mine and was damaged. She was out of action for one month while being repaired.

Like many of the Wildfire III, Queenborough MMS 16 took part in “Operation Calendar Two”. Clearing the vital water way of the Scheldt Estuary of mines and opening up the port of Antwerp to resupply Allied troops with over stretched supply lines.

Officers and crew aboard the MMS 16 received high praise for their bravery and endurance in clearing mines and received the following awards.

MID. (Mentioned in Despatches)
William Henry John CARLIN, LT/KX113211, Engineman, 3 Apr 45. MID. Minesweeping - MID awarded for great gallantry and endurance in clearing the estuary of the Scheldt of mines during the period of October to November 1944.

MID. (Mentioned in Despatches)
Edward FOREMAN, LT/KX99836, A/Chief Engineman, 3 Apr 45, MID. Minesweeping - MID awarded for great gallantry and endurance in clearing the estuary of the Scheldt of mines during the period of October to November 1944.

DSM (Distinguished Service Medal)
Francis William John GIBSON, C/MX65323, Leading Wireman, 3 Apr 45, DSM. Minesweeping - DSM awarded for great gallantry and endurance in clearing the estuary of the Scheldt of mines during the period of October to November 1944.

MMS 16 was transferred to the 101st Minesweeping flotilla at Plymouth. The date is unknown.

OFFICERS from Navy List August 1942.
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., R. M. Johnston, 22 May 42.
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., E. H. Jeffery. 28 Mar 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List June 1943.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, T. Watson. (In Command) 10 Feb 43.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR,  S. R. Channon. 3 Dec 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List Dec. 1943.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, T. Watson. (In Command) 10 Feb 43.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR,  S. R. Channon. 3 Dec 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List June. 1944.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, T. Watson. (In Command) 10 Feb 43.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR,  S. R. Channon. 3 Dec 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List January 1945.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, T. Watson. (In Command) 10 Feb 43.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR,  S. R. Channon. 3 Dec 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List July 1945.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, H. Shadlock. 12 March 45.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, K. W. Driver. 12 March 45.

Motor Minesweeper's were purpose built, wooden, shallow draft, minesweepers with both SA and LL sweeping capabilities. SA is Sweep Acoustic, a device similar to a Kanga Hammer which makes a loud thumping noise which exploded the acoustic mine. LL (double L) is a pair of electric cables which are towed parallel to each other on floats and emit a strong electric pulse which generates a magnetic field which detonated the magnetic mine.

Four Hundred and two Motor Minesweeper were built for the Royal Navy between 1940 and 1945.

Admiralty type; 1 to 118 and 123 to 313
Displacement      165 Tons
Length:                 105 Feet (32 metres)
Beam:                   23 Feet (7 metres)
Draft:                    9 feet 6 inches. (2.9 Metres)
Engine:                 Diesel. 500 BHP.
Speed:                  12.65 Miles per hour. (11 knots)
Complement:      20 Officers and men.
Armament:          Two 20 mm Anti-aircraft guns
                              Two machine guns.

MMS 16