Allied Warships

HMS Adventure (M 23)

Minelayer of the Adventure class

HMS Adventure during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantM 23 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) (diesels engines only) 
Ordered18 Jul 1921 
Laid down29 Nov 1922 
Launched18 Jun 1924 
Commissioned2 Oct 1926 
End serviceMar 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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1Capt. Arthur Robert Halfhide, RN31 Jul 1939Dec 1939

2Capt. Norman Vere Grace, RN18 Aug 194012 Aug 1942
3Capt. Ronald George Bowes-Lyon, RN12 Aug 1942Dec 1943
4Cdr. Charles Bettesworth Sanders, RNVRDec 19431 Jan 1944
5A/Capt. (retired) William Bagot Walker, RN1 Jan 1944Jan 1944
6Cdr. Charles Bettesworth Sanders, RNVRJan 194420 Mar 1944
7A/Capt. Alan MacGregor Sheffield, RN20 Mar 19445 Aug 1944
8Cdr. George Alan Kenneth McCombe, RNVR5 Aug 19447 Jan 1945
9Cdr. Alan Holt Davies, RNVR7 Jan 194527 Apr 1945
10Capt. (retired) Donald Scott McGrath, RN27 Apr 1945mid 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)


  1. ADM 53/116226 + ADM 199/427

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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