Armed Trawler and Minesweeper
FY581
FD146, H371, GY523.
Carfax, Saint Malo.
1911
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd.
Beverley.
Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd.,Hull. 1911. The Clan Steam Fishing Co (Grimsby) Ltd, 1935.
350ihp T.3-cyl and boiler C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
10.5 knots
335 gross tons, 136 net tons.
140 feet
23.75 feet
12.4 feet
1 x 12 pounder WW1. 1 x 12pdr AA gun, 2 x .5" AA (1x2), 2 MG AA (2x1) WW2.
Scrapped in 1954 at Passage West, County Cork.


 

Free Cigarettes?

It seems strange today, now we know about the health risks of cigarettes, but in 1939/1945 the Overseas League Tobacco Fund was collecting money from the public to give free cigarettes to our sailors and soldiers.

​One pound for one thousand cigarettes!!!

April 1914, Requisitioned by the Admiralty as a minesweeper.     

1919, Returned to owner.

30 September1932, Registered at Grimsby and renamed Wardour.

28 August1939, Requisitioned again by the Admiralty. Hire rate £83.15.0d per month.

3 February 1940, Minesweeping trawler FIREFLY was severely damaged when a mine which was being defused, exploded killing 12 of her crew including her skipper, Lieut. David B. Johnstone and wounding 13 more. The Firefly was towed to Leith by the Wardour.

June 1940, ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, Nore Command, Yarmouth. (Great Yarmouth)
Minesweeping Group 30 - minesweeping trawlers FIREFLY (Ty Sk J W Gibbs RNR), PETER CASEY (Sk E G Catchpole RNR), WARDOUR (Sk F L Hamilton RNR), WINDWARD HO (Sk J A Simpson RNR), all at Yarmouth.

20 June 40. Sheerness Minesweeper Trawler Wardour rescued three men in a small boat who were from Ijmuiden Holland near b7 buoy off Frinton.

31 Oct 40. HMT Wardour  detonated a mine and sank in the North Sea. Twelve of her crew were rescued by HMS Douglas, Destroyer Flotilla Leader.

3rd November 1940,  HMS Douglas  having departed Scapa Flow to search for a boat reported as containing four men and returned with 12 survivors from the Wardour, mined on 31 October.

January 1941, ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, Nore Command Sheerness, Wildfire III, Queenborough.
Minesweeping trawlers (ungrouped) - BEN GLAS (Sk G E Craig RNR) at Blackwall repairing, EMILION (Ty Sk C Young RNR) at Sheerness, HEROINE (no CO listed) at Sheerness, LIBERIA (Ty Sk T F Bunce RNR) at Humber, WARDOUR (Sk C J Euston RNR) at Sheerness repairing.

January 1942. ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, Nore Command Sheerness, Wildfire III, Queenborough.
Minesweeping Group 3 - minesweeping trawlers BERNARD SHAW, MILFORD PRINCE, WARDOUR, all at Sheerness.

16 April 1946, returned to owner.

31 January 1953: In extreme weather conditions the Wardour took part in the search for the trawler MICHAEL GRIFFITH which was sinking. The Wardour battled through 85 miles of appalling conditions but found no trace of the Griffith.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 3 SEPTEMBER, 1940
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS. A DSC was awarded to Skipper Frederick Leslie Hamilton, D.S.M., R.N.R., H.M.T. Wardour.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS. A DSC was awarded to Temp. Lieut. Commander. R.N.V.R., H. L. Choppin.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDEL. A DSM  was awarded to Officer  Herbert Arthur Smith from Grimsby. It was awarded at Bucking Palace by the  King on 4th March 1941. The citation reads ,  "For courage and resource in repelling enemy air attacks".

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FREE CIGARETTES! Captain H G Hopper handing over a supply of Overseas League Tobacco Fund gift cigarettes to the Commanding Officer of he Minesweeper Wardour. Standing next to Captain Hopper is Officer  Herbert Arthur Smith from Grimsby who was awarded a DSM,  which he received  from the King on 4th March 1941. The citation reads ,  "For courage and resource in repelling enemy air attacks".

Captain H. G. Hopper would  go on to gain great acclaim as commander of the minesweeping flotillas which cleared the mines from the Scheldt and opened up the port of Antwerp.

HMT Wardour leaves Queenborough in search of mines. Dead mans island and the coal power station on Grain can be seen in the background.

Captain H G Hopper inspecting the crew of the Minesweeper HMT WARDOUR. Minesweepers tied up with Queenborough Pier in the background.

On the 31 January 1953 the trawlers Velia (FD116) and Wyre General (FD258) picked up a distress message. “All ships – MICHAEL GRIFFITH, 7 – 8 miles south of Barra – full of water, no steam. Am helpless. Will some ship please come and help us”?

Both trawlers were too far away to help but relayed the distress message. The trawlers WARDOUR (GY523) and BRACONBANK (A237) were at least 85 miles away but proceeded at top speed in the most appalling conditions to the given position. HMS Tenacious sail from Londonderry and an air search was carried out by the RAF. Castlebay and later, Islay lifeboats were launched and searched for seven hours but found nothing; two crew members of Islay lifeboat died from fumes and exhaustion.

 The court concluded ;

“Having regard to the weather conditions prevailing, and the position in which the trawlers were when they received the information, the Court is of opinion that all those three trawlers (the "Braconbank", the "Wardour", and the "Sata",) and their crews were exposed to grave risk while undertaking this search, and the action of their skippers and crews in responding so promptly to the call for assistance is highly commendable, and well in keeping with the traditions of the British Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.”

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

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST Dec 39.
Not on List

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST July 40
Skipper, R.N.R., F. L. Hamilton, 31 May 40.

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST June 41
Not on List. Under Repair.

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST June 42
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., J. W. Box, 27 Jan 42.
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., H. L. Choppin, 2 Mar 42.

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST June 43
Temp. Lieut. Commander. R.N.V.R., H. L. Choppin, DSC, (act). 2 Mar 42
Temp. Lieut. R.N.V.R., J. W. Box, 27 Jan 42

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST June, 44
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., R. H. Clifton, (In Command), 29 Nov 43
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., E. Hall, 30 Nov 43.

OFFICER ON NAVY LIST June 45
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., R. H. Clifton, (In Command), 29 Nov 43
Temp. Lieut., R.N.V.R., E. Hall, 30 Nov 43.

















The Wardour at the Scheldt.


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HMT Wardour
Wildfire III, Queenborough
Minesweeper Trawler Group 3


Commissioned as an armed trawler in World War One the Wardour was again to serve in World War Two as a minesweeper. On the 31 Oct 1940 the Wardour detonated a mine.  Her crew took to the lifeboat and were rescued by HMS Douglas.

Some accounts say she sunk but this is incorrect as she is recorded as being under repair in Sheerness and served as a minesweeper based at Wildfire III Queenborough in 1942/43/44/45.

Captain H G Hopper inspecting the crew of the Minesweeper HMT WARDOUR.