HMT Tilburyness when named Joseph Barrett.

Tilburyness. (or Tilbury Ness)
Castle Class Minesweeper
Minesweeping Group 3
Wildfire III, Queenborough.


In 1940 shipping on the East Coast of England and in the Thames Estuary again came under heavy attack by the Luftwaffe. On the 1st November 1940 over twenty Ju88’s (Bombers) and Me 109’s (Fighters) bombed and strafed shipping. The SS Letchworth was sunk, the Oaze Lightship was blown up with the loss of all her crew and the Queenborough Minesweeper Tilburyness was sunk with the loss of ten of her crew. The Sheerness Anti-Aircraft Paddle-steamer Royal Eagle and tug Salvo, themselves under attack, valiantly stood by the Tilburyness, fighting off repeated attacks as they rescue survivors.

The Royal Eagle and Salvo are credited with shooting down one of the bombers.

 

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Castle Class, steel side, steam screw, coal burning Trawler converted to a Minesweeper. Built for the Admiralty during WW1, used as a fishing Trawler between the wars and re-converted to a minesweeper in WW2.
3586
H204 (WW2)

H240, LO252,
Joseph Barrett, Loch Morar, St Barnaby, Harry Hawke, Loch Kinnord.
1919
Cook, Welton and Gemmell.
Beverley,
1919: The Admiralty. Skomer SS Co. 1920. Trident SFC. 1939.
480 IHP = 10.5 K.

290 tons’ gross, 119 tons’ net.
125.5 feet
23.5 feet
12.7 feet.
1 x 12 pounder (WW1)
​Bomber and sunk 1 Nov 1940

6 April 1939:  Renamed Tilburyness by Trident Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.

Sep 1939. The Tilburyness was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper. (Hire rate £83.14.0d/month).

June 1940 Nore Command, Sheerness, Wildfire III, Queenborough
Minesweeping Group 3 - minesweeping trawlers BERNARD SHAW (Sk Lt J H Brown Rtd RNR), EDWARDIAN (Ty Sk F A Cunningham RNR), MILFORD HAVEN PRINCE (Ty Sk C V Eddom RNR, TILBURYNESS (Ty Sk J V Earl RNR), all at Sheerness.

1 Nov 1940. Sunk by enemy aircraft in the Thames Estuary.

Tilburyness crew loss. MPK = Missing Presumed Killed.

 ADDISON, David J, Seaman, RNR (PS), LT/X 20787 A, MPK
 BESSEY, Edward A, 2nd Hand, RNPS, LT/JX 210627, MPK
 BLANDFORD, James C, Stoker, RNPS, LT/KX 99044, MPK
 GRAINGER, William A, Stoker 2c, RNPS, LT/KX 103781, MPK
 LOCKETT, Hugh, Signalman, RNVR, P/ESD/X 1704, MPK
 PYBUS, Samuel T, Chief Engineman, RNR (PS), LT/X 5995 ES, MPK
 RANDALL, Percy R, Seaman Cook, RNPS, LT/JX 164326, died
 SAVAGE, James D, Stoker, RNPS, LT/KX 106884, MPK
 STEPHEN, William, Act/Engineman, RNPS, LT/KX 100551, MPK
 TERRY, Harold T, Able Seaman, RFR, C/J 105504, MPK

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 JANUARY, 1940.

DSM. Herbert 'Levitt, Enginemen, H.M.T. Tilburyness. The above Appointment and Awards are for, unfailing courage, endurance and resource in H.M. Trawlers, Drifters and Minesweepers in their hard arid perilous task of sweeping the seas clear of enemy mines, and combating submarines.

To find out more of the Tilburyness’s movements go to
DRIFTERS AND TRAWLERS.

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST Dec 39
Not on List.

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST July 40
Temp. Skipper R.N.R., J. V. Earl, 8 March 40

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST June 41
Not on List, sunk 1 November 1940.

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