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Old 11-10-2009, 15:26
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Hi All, I am trying to research my grandfathers war time records. One ship that is giving me some problems is HMS Idaho. Along side this in his records is written PC 51.
Could anyone give me a few pointers of where to look or if anyone can help I would be grateful
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Old 11-10-2009, 16:41
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I presume that this was WW2? If so, then it probably refers to the small (43 tons, gross) powered yacht built in 1910; hired for service during WW1 and WW2.
In the later conflict she was taken over in May 1940 as a local patrol vessel; later apparently used for air/sea rescue. Laid up by 1945 and presumably returned to owner at the end of the war.

Regret I do not know where she served.
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My wife's grandfather's service record also lists HMS Idaho (PC51) from 18th July1917 to 12 Sept 1918.

HMS IDAHO in World War One was the name applied to the Auxiliary Patrol base at Milford Haven, Wales. It took its name from a requisitioned steam yacht - 43 tons (gross) built 1910.

She was taken over by the Navy 12 April 1915 and fitted with a machine gun for use as a patrol vessel and based at Milford Haven, although apparently employed as a tug after March 1917. She was returned to her owners in February 1919 and the base closed down 1st October 1919.




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Old 11-10-2009, 17:23
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...well spotted! I had missed that the name had been used as the Auxiliary Patrol base in ww1.

I had presumed it was WW2 - but this makes some sense - IDAHO, at Milford Haven, was the base for patrol vessels in WW1.


PC.51 = a 'PC' class patrol vessel, twenty of which were built in 1917-18, no names, just given numbers starting with PC.
They were built to resemble small merchant ships for use as decoy (or 'Q') ships.

682 tons 247ft x 25ft armed 1 x 4in 2 x 12pdr

PC.51 was built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding, launched 25 November 1916. She carried out patrols under various disguises, carrrying the names 'Cockelyte' or 'Mopsworth'.

She was sold for scrap in 1923
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Old 12-10-2009, 20:08
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Thanks everyone, I will see dad this weekend and have another look at G/fathers records. Dad will not let them go yet, I think he was paid a bounty while on HMS Idaho for sinking a submarine but I can not remember the number of it, will check the weekend.
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Croc, if the ship in question is from ww2 she would have looked similar to this ship PC74, sorry I don't have a photo of your PC51.

But, I hope this helps in some way.


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Question Re: HMS Idaho PC51

Hi.
I see you are looking for information on H.M.S. " IDAHO ".
Well just to let you know there is a Black & White Photo Postcard on EBay
No. 140849877630.it has also been signed by crew members.
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