Allied Warships

HMS Seaham (J 123)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBangor 
PennantJ 123 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down15 Oct 1940 
Launched16 Jun 1941 
Commissioned19 Dec 1941 
End service 
History

Allocated to Fishery Protection services in 1946.
Sold to Burma on 11 August 1947 for use as a relief pilot vessel and survey ship based in Rangoon being renamed Chinthe (Lion).
Sunk in 1948 by an uncharted Japanese mine.

 

Commands listed for HMS Seaham (J 123)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Robert Ernest Brett, RNR1 Nov 194117 Jan 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Desmond Roberts Hopking, DSC, RNVR17 Jan 19457 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Seaham include:


12 Jul 1943
The Italian submarine Bronzo was captured off Syracuse, Sicily by the British minesweepers HMS Seaham (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Brett, RNR), HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR), HMS Poole (Lt. W.L.G. Dutton, RNR) and HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR).

Bronzo was commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS P 714. On 29 January 1944 she was transferred to the Free French as Narval.


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