Halcyon Class Minesweepers

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HMS Bramble Warship week card

During the Second World War, cities, towns and villages organised “warship weeks” to raise money to meet the cost of providing a particular naval ship. The aim was that cities would raise enough money to pay for the battleships and aircraft carriers, and towns for cruisers and destroyers. Small towns and villages were set a figure relative to their size, and would attempt to raise the required funds.

Once enough money had been raised for the ship, the local community would adopt the ship. The Admiralty would present a plaque to the town, and the ship would also carry a plaque commemorating its adoption. Local organisations, women’s institutes, churches and schools would also provide additional comforts for the crews of the ship they had adopted. This was usually in the form of woollen socks, gloves and balaclavas. Children would often write letters and send cards to the crew. When possible, officers and men from the adopted ship would visit the local community, and to celebrate their visit, there would often be a parade.

Source: http://www.royalnavalmuseum.org/info_sheets_Warshipweeks.htm

Adoption of Halcyon Class Ships
Source: Admiralty Ships Badges, T P Stopford

HMS Bramble Adopted by Aireborough, Yorkshire
HMS Britomart Adopted by Clowne, Derbyshire
HMS Franklin Adopted by Spilsby, Lincs
HMS Gleaner Affiliated to Buckler's Hard
HMS Gossamer Adopted by Lunedale
HMS Halcyon Adopted by West Kesteven RD W/W Feb 42
HMS Harrier Adopted by Plympton St Mary, Devon W/W Jan 42
HMS Hazard Adopted by Kerrier RDC
HMS Hebe Adopted by Hemsworth W/W Feb 42
HMS Hussar Adopted by Kirkburton, Yorks
HMS Jason Adopted by St Austell, Cornwall W/W Dec 41
HMS Leda Adopted by Kingsbridge, Devon W/W Feb 42
HMS Niger  
HMS Salamander Adopted by Bilston, Staffs
HMS Scott Adopted by Peeblesshire
HMS Seagull Adopted by Christchurch
HMS Sharpshooter Adopted by Penarth
HMS Skipjack  
HMS Speedwell Adopted by Otley, Yorks (Wharfedale RD) W/W Mar 42
HMS Speedy Adopted by Wigston, Leicestershire
HMS Sphinx  

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