Allied Warships

HMS Larne (ii) (J 274)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 274 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered3 May 1942 
Laid down25 Jan 1943 
Launched2 Sep 1943 
Commissioned22 Nov 1943 
End service 

Allocated to 7th Minesweeper Flotilla. 31st July 1944, sailed for Mediterranean. Allied landings south coast of France 15th August 1944.(Operation Dragoon) Beached at Poros, East Coast of Greece, 16th October 1944 after being badly damaged by a mine the previous day during Operation Edgehill. Out of action for the rest of WWII. Sold to Italy in 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Larne (ii) (J 274)

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1Lt.Cdr. James Ernest Clark, DSC, RN4 Nov 19433 Jul 1944
2Cdr. Humphrey Leoline Jenkins, RN3 Jul 1944Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Larne (ii) include:

15 Oct 1944
On 15 October 1944, HMS LARNE, Commander Humphrey Leoline Jenkins, was involved in sweeps off Cape Kalouri when she hit a mine which caused a tremendous explosion next to her boiler room and No 1 fuel tank and two of her engine room crew were killed. The leading sweeper, HMS CLINTON, also caught a mine under her bow and stopped, down by the head, with vented steam feathering from her funnel steam pipes. LARNE was towed into Poros Bay and was eventually patched up, as was CLINTON. Comdr. Jenkins transferred to HMS SYLVIA and the next day to HMS WELFARE which he commanded until 19th March 1946. (1)


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