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HMS Golden Fleece - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Golden Fleece

Name : HMS Golden Fleece
Laid Down : 25th October 1943
Launched : 29th February 1944
Completed : 29th August 1944
Type : Minesweeper
Class : Algerine
Builder : Toronto Shipbuilding Ltd.
Country : UK
Pennants : J376, M376
Fate : 1960 B.U. Llanelli

“ALGERINE” Class Fleet Minesweeper fitted with Reciprocating propulsion machinery ordered for the Royal Canadian Navy on 25th November 1942 from Redfern at Toronto. The ship was intended to be named HMCS HUMB ERSTONE but was transferred to the Royal Navy before completion of build. Laid down on 25th October 1943 this minesweeper was launched as HMS GOLDEN FLEEECE on 29th February 1943. She was the first major RN ship to carry this name which had been used in 1653 for hired vessel which later took part in the action against Dutch warships known as the Battle of Gabbard. Build was completed on 29th May 1944. This warship was not “adopted” by a UK civil community after a WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign.

Timeline Entries :

25th October 1943 - Laid down Toronto
29th February 1944 - Launched
7th October 1944 - T/Lt. John Percy Davies, RNR In Command
2nd July 1945 - A/Lt.Cdr. Peter Peterson, RNZNVR In Command
1960 - Broken up

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Last edited : 21:29, March 24, 2011
By : jbryce1437

First Added : 21:24, November 26, 2010
By : Clive S Cottam




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