HMS Menestheus (M 93)
Minelayer of the Auxiliary minelayers class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland, U.K.).|
|Launched||6 Aug 1929|
|Commissioned||22 Jun 1940|
Completed as merchantile in December 1929
Became an amenties ship in 1944 for service with the British Pacific Fleet.
Commands listed for HMS Menestheus (M 93)
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|1||Capt. Wiliam Howard Dennis Friedberger, RN||15 Apr 1940||12 Feb 1941|
|2||Capt. John Stuart Crawford, DSO, RN||12 Feb 1941||15 Jan 1942|
|3||Capt. (retired) Rudolph Henry Fane de Salis, DSC, OBE, RN||15 Jan 1942||late 1943|
|4||A A Ferguson, RNR||late 1943||5 Nov 1944|
|5||A/Capt. (retired) Henry Freston Nash, RN||5 Nov 1944||early 1945|
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Notable events involving Menestheus include:
5 May 1941
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN), HMS Edinburgh (Capt. C.M. Blackman, DSO, RN) and HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) went to sea to act as cover force for the auxiliary minelayers HMS Agamemnon (Capt. (Retd. ) F. Ratsey, RN), HMS Menestheus (Capt. J.S. Crawford, DSO, RN), HMS Port Quebec (Capt. (Retd.) E.C. Watson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN), HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN), HMS St. Marys (Lt. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN) and HMS Brighton (Cdr. (Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN) that were to lay minefield SN 9A.
After the minelay had been completed the three cruisers were joined by the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Eskimo (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and they started to search for a German weather reporting vessel. On the 7th they succeeded in capturing the German weather vessel München off Iceland. HMS Somali was able to recover an Enigma machine and important documents from this ship. (1)
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. (2)
- ADM 53/114624
- ADM 53/116226 + ADM 199/427
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.