HMS Adventure (M 23)
Minelayer of the Adventure class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) (diesels engines only)|
|Ordered||18 Jul 1921|
|Laid down||29 Nov 1922|
|Launched||18 Jun 1924|
|Commissioned||2 Oct 1926|
|End service||Mar 1944|
Became a repair ship in March 1944.
HMS Adventure is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Sold on 10 July 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Adventure (M 23)
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|1||Capt. Arthur Robert Halfhide, RN||31 Jul 1939||Dec 1939|
|2||Capt. Norman Vere Grace, RN||18 Aug 1940||12 Aug 1942|
|3||Capt. Ronald George Bowes-Lyon, RN||12 Aug 1942||Dec 1943|
|4||Cdr. Charles Bettesworth Sanders, RNVR||Dec 1943||1 Jan 1944|
|5||A/Capt. (retired) William Bagot Walker, RN||1 Jan 1944||Jan 1944|
|6||Cdr. Charles Bettesworth Sanders, RNVR||Jan 1944||20 Mar 1944|
|7||A/Capt. Alan MacGregor Sheffield, RN||20 Mar 1944||5 Aug 1944|
|8||Cdr. George Alan Kenneth McCombe, RNVR||5 Aug 1944||7 Jan 1945|
|9||Cdr. Alan Holt Davies, RNVR||7 Jan 1945||27 Apr 1945|
|10||Capt. (retired) Donald Scott McGrath, RN||27 Apr 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Adventure include:
13 Nov 1939
During the night of 12/13 November 1939 the German destroyers Karl Galster, Wilhelm Heidkamp, Hermann Kunne and Hans Ludemann lay a minefield in the South and Edinborough channels. Soon after the minefield had been laid the mine laying cruiser HMS Adventure (Capt. A. R. Halfhide, RN) ran into a mine. Temporally disabled the injured were transferred to the destroyer HMS Basilisk (Cdr. M. Richard, RN) while the destroyer HMS Blanche (Lt.Cdr. R.N. Aubrey, RN) stood by. As the force made its way towards safety HMS Blanche was mined and settled by the stern. The tug Fabia went to the destroyers assistance but as she was towed the destroyer capsized and sank. HMS Blanche lost two crew killed and twelve injured.
See this website (offsite link) for a detailed account of the mining of HMS Adventure and HMS Blanche.
29 May 1942
HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. Upon completion of these exercises she departed together with the escort destroyer HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) to cover a minelaying force made up of the cruiser minelayer HMS Adventure (Capt. N.V. Grace, RN), the auxiliary minelayers HMS Southern Prince, HMS Agamemnon (Capt. (Retd.) F. Ratsey, RN), HMS Port Quebec (A/Capt. (Retd.) V. Hammersley-Heenan, RN) and HMS Menestheus (Capt.(Retd.) R.H.F. de Salis, DSC and Bar, OBE, RN) and their escorts the destroyers HMS St. Marys (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN), HMS Newark (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN) and HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR) that were to undertake minelaying operation SN 72. (1)
- ADM 53/116226 + ADM 199/427
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.