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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 explodes acoustic mines. 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 detonates magnetic mines.

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 92

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 92. Built by P. K. Harris, Appledore, Devon. Launched 18 October 1941. Completed January 1942.

Nov 1942. MMS 92 detonated a mine and was damaged.

Like many of the Wildfire III, Queenborough MMS 92 took part in the D- Day landings and “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 from Navy List August 1942.
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R.,  J. C. Fegen. 15 Nov 41
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R.,  J. H. L. Sulman. 15 Nov 41.

OFFICERS from Navy List June 1943.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR, J. C. Fegen. 15 Nov 41.
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNVR, C. D. Needham. 10 Aug 42.

OFFICERS from Navy List Dec. 1943.
On list but no names.

OFFICERS from Navy List June. 1944.
Skipper Lieut. RNR,  C. Pollard. DSC. (In Command) 2 March 44
Temp. Skipper. RNR, J. F. Seaton. (Act) 2 March 44.

OFFICERS from Navy List January 1945.
Skipper Lieut. RNR. C. J. Euston (act) ( In Command) 8 Sep 44.
Temp. Skipper. RNR, J. F. Seaton. (Act) 2 March 44.

OFFICERS from Navy List July 1945.
Skipper Lieut. RNR. C. J. Euston (act) ( In Command) 8 Sep 44
Temp. Skipper. RNR, J. F. Seaton. (Act) 2 March 44.

Motor Minesweeper MMS 92 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.