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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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 609 Sqn Hawker Typhoons are shown taking off from Manson in Kent in February 1943. Nearest aircraft, R7872 (PR-S) is that of Sgt John <i>Johnny</i> Wiseman, the other, DN294 (PR-O) being the mount of Fl Sgt Alan <i>Babe</i> Haddon.  Both aircraft were tragically lost during an action on 14th February, the pair being taken by surprise by Focke-Wulf 190s over the Channel, Wiseman losing his life in the incident.

Red Section Scramble by Ivan Berryman.
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P40 Kittyhawks of No.3 Squadron RAAF based at Ta Qali Airfield, Malta.

Over Grand Harbour by Anthony Saunders.
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 Bf109 G2 of Major Gunther Rall pursues and downs an unidentified Soviet aircraft over the Caucasus, Russia, early Autumn 1943. Rall went on to become the third highest scoring ace of all time, with 275 victories in only 621 missions.

No Escape by David Pentland. (GS)
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 Developed from the F.18E/F Block II Super Hornet, the EA-18G Growler is the US Navy's latest airborne electronic attack aircraft (AEA), a land or carrier-based weapons platform into which many flexible design features have been incorporated, giving it a full-spectrum AEA capability as well as targeting and self-defense systems equal to those of the standard F.18.  Sometimes referred to as a 'Grizzly' to avoid confusion with its predecessor, the EA-6B Prowler, the EA-18G was first introduced into Navy service in 2008 with VAQ-129, one of whose aircraft is depicted here above the carrier USS Ronald Raegan (CVN.76).

EA-18G Growler by Ivan Berryman.
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 Arriving too late to take any meaningful part in the war, Dornier's extraordinary Do.335 <i>Pfeil</i> (Arrow) might have made a significant contribution to the war in the air, had it gone into mass production.  Drawing on the company's considerable experience with pull-push engine arrangements, the Do.335 represented a radical change in fighter design, resulting in an aircraft with a top speed of 763 Km/h at 6500m.  Here the seventh of ten Do.335A-Os gets airborne from Oberpfaffenhofen en route for evaluation by the Erprobungskommando 335 in September 1944.

Dornier's Golden Arrow by Ivan Berryman.
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 Serving with distinction throughout the Battle of Britain, Count Manfred Beckett Czernin's score included 13 confirmed, 2 unconfirmed, 3 probables and 5 damaged.  He is depicted here on 25th July 1940, claiming the last of three Messerschmitt Bf.110s that he shot down that day, flying Hurricane V7408 (YB-F) whilst with 17 Sqn.  Despite being shot down by Adolf Galland in November, he survived the war and passed away in 1962 having been awarded a DFC, an MC and DSO.

Tribute to Flying Officer Count Manfred Beckett Czernin by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 The heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen slips quietly through the waters of Kiel Harbour as one of her own Arado Ar.196s flies overhead. In the background, Bismarck, wearing her Baltic camouflage, is alongside taking on supplies.

Prinz Eugen by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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A large umbrella of Spitfire Wings covered most of the sky over Dieppe during the Allied attack Operation Jubilee on 19th August 1942. Squadron leader Johnnie Johnson leads 610 (County of Chester) Squadron down from top cover support to lend a hand to Spitfires of 485 Squadron (New Zealand) and 411 Squadron (Canadian) which made up the 12 Group Wing, led by W/C Pat Jameson. The enemy being made up of a huge mixed force of Fw190 and Me109 fighters from JG2 and JG26. 12 Group Wing flew four times that disastrous day and in the end the Royal Air Force lost 106 aircraft compared to the Luftwaffe losses of 48.

The Battle for the Skies Over Dieppe, 19th August 1942 by Graeme Lothian (GL)
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 H.M.A.S Hobart glides past Mount Fiji for the surrender ceremony with Missouri in the Background. Tokyo Bay 1945.

Slow Ahead by Randall Wilson (GS)
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B0344P. Bismarck Leaving Port by Jason Askew.
Bismarck Leaving Port by Jason Askew. (P)
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 Ships of the Falklands Task Force formate following the Argentine surrender in 1982.  Nearest is Leander class frigate HMS Andromeda with RFA Brambleleaf in her wake.  The Type 22 frigate HMS Brilliant is to the left of the picture, with the carrier HMS Invincible dominating the right.  HMS Hermes and her escorts are in the extreme distance.

Victory Parade by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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DHM1747GS. Roma by Randall Wilson.

Roma by Randall Wilson. (GS)
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 A pair of F18 Hornets overfly the Nimitz-class carrier USS Dwight Eisenhower (CV-69) with the surface combatant USS Arleigh Burke (DDF-51) off her port bow.

USS Dwight Eisenhower by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 Ships of the South Atlantic Task Force gather in San Carlos water during the Falklands Campaign of 1982. LCMs from HMS Fearless (L10) manoeuvre around their mother ship, with the logistic Ship RFA Sir Galahad (L3005) and the frigate HMS Argonaut (F56) in close attendance.

HMS Fearless by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Under attack by swordfish from HMS ark Royal, Bismarck heels to port as she is struck by a torpedo in the Stbd. Aft. rudder area.

Bismarck by Randall Wilson (GS)
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The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on a calm, almost windless day, on 21st October 1805.  Nelsons revolutionary battle plan was to cut apart the larger Franco-Spanish fleet of Vice-Admiral Villeneuve by sailing in two single column divisions directly at right angles into the combined fleet and thus rendering almost half of the leading ships useless until the could turn and join the fight, which in such calm conditions could take hours.  The battle raged for five hours in which time not one British ship was lost, however, Nelson would tragically lose his life at the very moment of his triumph, a triumph which rendered the British Navy unchallenged in supremacy for over a century.  Here HMS Mars passes between the French ship Belleisle on her starboard and the French ship Fougeux on her port, firing a murderous hail of gunfire at both ships.  Also shown in the painting on the left hand side is the Spanish ship Monarco and the French ship Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - Mars Breaks the Line by Anthony Saunders.
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Machine gunners at Monte Gemmano, (Gothic Line) in September 1944.
6th Battalion The Cheshire Regiment by David Rowlands. (GS)
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 Depicting the last stand of the 300 Spartans who fought to the death against an overwhelming Persian Army.

The Battle of Thermopylae by Brian Palmer (GS)
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Napoleon at the height of his military career, receives the surrender of the city of Ulm after an almost bloodless victory.
Surrender of Ulm by Charles Thevenin.
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On the 12th June 1999, 4th Armoured Brigade, as part of KFOR, entered Kosovo; early on the following morning the Irish Guards Battle Group led the advance into Pristina, taking up positions throughout the city. During the afternoon, units of the Yugoslav Army proceeded to withdraw through the Battle Group, while jubilant Albanian Kosovars emerged from hiding to welcome their liberators.
1st Battalion Irish Guards enter Pristina, Kosovo Operation Agricola by David Rowlands. (GL)
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A Gordon Highlander is shown with his captors, Napoleons Grenadiers a Cheval.
The Defiant Highlander by Richard Caton Woodville (GL)
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Operation Granby 1990-91.
21 Engineer Regiment by David Rowlands (GL)
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Royal Naval Man of War HMS Britannia, First Rate Ship of the Line with 100 guns ordered 25th April 1751 and built at Portsmouth dockyard, launched 19th October 1762. Renamed in 1810 as HMS Princess Royal in 1812 renamed HMS St George and in 1819 again changed to HMS Barfleur and finally broken up in 1825.
HMS Britannia and Other Shipping in Calm Waters by John Ward (GL)
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 Lord Horatio Nelson and the British fleet found the French 13 ship of the line fleet anchored at Aboukir Bay.  Nelsons plan was to attack the French fleet on their unprotected port side.  By the end of the battle nearly all the French ships were sunk or captured.  The painting shows HMS Swiftsure in the centre with the burning 124 gun flagship LOrient behind.  To the left is the surrendered hulk of the French ship Franklin.

The Battle of the Nile by Anthony Saunders. (GS)
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David Beckham by Robert Highton.
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Portrait of David Coulthard by Robert Tomlin. (P)
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B0045GS. David Coulthard/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman.

David Coulthard/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 On three occasions since their last Grand Slam in 1995 the England team had come within a whisker of completing another dream.  During this important build up towards the world cup England finally laid their ghost to rest.  After six years under the guidance of Head Coach Clive Woodward England, having beaten the big three from the Southern Hemisphere in a back-to-back series of matches at Twickenham, reached number one in the Zurich world ranking.  This Grand Slam, a wonderful achievement in itself, underlined Englands worldwide dominance.

2003 Grand Slam by James Owen. (Y)
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 The 1991 Grand Prix season started with great public expectations supporting, encouraging and urging on Britains one and only Nigel Mansell to win the Formula One World Championship. In the race at Silverstone a fired up Mansell was dominant in front of the ecstatic home crowd winning the race with such style and aplomb. His arch rival Ayrton Senna was completely outclassed and to add insult to injury he ran out of fuel on the last lap, finishing fourth behind our hero. In an unprecedented gesture, Nigel stopped on his victory lap and picked up Senna to get him safely back to the pits through the thronging crowd, so creating one of the most memorable moments in the history of Formula One. Disappointments were to follow throughout the season and it would not be until 1992 that Nigel would eventually lift the coveted crown.

Mansells Taxi Service by Robert Tomlin. (Y)
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GIFP1214GS. The Hunt by George Derville Rowlandson (GS)
The Hunt by George Derville Rowlandson (GS)
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