Allied Warships

HMS Boston (J 14)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 14 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered28 Aug 1939 
Laid down27 Nov 1939 
Launched30 Dec 1940 
Commissioned26 Jan 1942 
End service 

Decommisioned at Rosyth in January 1946 and reduced to reserve. Sold on 1 January 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Boston (J 14)

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1Lt. Derek Harold George Coughlan, RNR24 Nov 1941Sep 1943
2A/Lt.Cdr. Ronald Gresham, RNVRSep 194322 Jan 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Leonard Choppin, DSC, RNVR22 Jan 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Boston include:

9 Nov 1942
HMS Cromer (Cdr. R.H. Stephenson, DSC, RN) sailed from Alexandria with 2 other units of the 14 Minesweeping Flotilla HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR) to clear the route for a coastal convoy heading for Bardia.
At position 31°27'N, 27°16'E, 46 nautical miles west of Marsa Matruh, Cromer detonated a magnetic mine from Italian barrage "MM", laid in the area on 7 August 1942 by the destroyers Antonio Pigafetta (Capt. Enrico Mirti della Valle) and Giovanni da Verazzano (Cdr. Carlo Rossi).

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.

9 Apr 1944
Shalimar (Lt. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Boston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.L. Choppin, DSC, RNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18725

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

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