Allied Warships

HMS Minstrel (J 445)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 445 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byRedfern Construction Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered15 Mar 1943 
Laid down27 Jun 1944 
Launched5 Oct 1944 
Commissioned7 Jun 1945 
End serviceFeb 1947 

In July 1945 she joined the 10th MSF, Nore Command Nov 1945 10th MSF, East Indies Jan 1946 11th MSF Feb 1946 7th MSF June 1946 11th MSF Paid off in Feb 1947 to Category B reserve at Singapore. She was bought by the Royal Thai Navy in April 1947 and renamed HTMS PHOSAMTON on 20 Nov 1947 She attended the Queens Coronation Spithead review in 1953 whilst on Naval Cadet training.

She is still in service as a training ship and is believed to be the oldest Steam Engined warship still in service.


Commands listed for HMS Minstrel (J 445)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Edward Beaumont Cutlack, RNR9 Jun 1945Oct 1945
2T/Lt. Thomas Norman Baker, RNROct 1945???

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