Halcyon Class Minesweepers

HMS Gleaner 1939

 
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HMS Gleaner

 HMS Gleaner - Principal Surveys 1939


England, South Coast: Approaches to Dartmouth.

Scotland, West Coast: Tiree to Skerrymore

Commander: H P Price

HMS Gleaner - Halcyon Class Minesweeper - adding dan buoy to store

Adding a dan buoy to store on HMS Gleaner (IWM A18562)

DATE OF ARRIVAL LOCATION DATE OF DEPARTURE ORDERS, REMARKS ETC

18.11.38

Plymouth

17.4.39

D of D 12/1: Taken in hand 11/1 for boiler repairs

D of D 16/1: In hand for refit

D of D 23/1: Completes 28/2

Leaves Devonport 17/4 for survey Plymouth Portland. Abr 15/5 to proceed to Hebrides

D of D 6/5: Completes 11/3. Ready for service 3/4 In hand for repairs to feed heater.

Completed to full complement on 14/3

17.4.39

Start Bay

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21.4.39

Brixham

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28.4.39

Plymouth

1.5.39

For survey

5.5.39

Plymouth

8.5.39

 

8.5.39

Start Bay

12.5.39

 

12.5.39

Plymouth

15.5.39

 

16.5.39

Ramsay Isle of Man

20.5.39

 

20.5.39

Tor Point

23.5.39

 

23.5.39

Tiree

26.5.39

 

26.5.39

Tobermory

29.5.39

 

29.5.39

Tiree

2.6.39

To assist in search for HMS Thetis.

2/6 from Capt (D): Left position of Thetis for Tiree.

3.6.39

Tobermory

5.6.39

 

5.6.39

Tiree

9.6.39

 

9.6.39

Tobermory

12.6.39

 

12.6.39

Tiree

15.6.39

 

16.6.39

Belfast

19.6.39

 

19.6.39

Tiree

23.6.39

 

23.6.39

Portree

25.6.39

 

26.6.39

Liverpool

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8/7 From S.O. 1st MSF: GLEANER expects to finish her present job by 12/7.

It was intended - ultimately ,after Thetis was lifted - to carry her slung beneath Zelo to a point on the east coast of Anglesey. But large scale charts of the area showed considerable unevenness or the underwater contours, and a number of wrecks were known to exist, more or less in her path. The naval survey ship HMS Gleaner was therefore despatched to Liverpool Bay to plot a safe course for the salvors.

Source: CET Warren & J Benson - The Admiralty Regrets

Propose GLEANER should proceed to North Channel on 12/7 and complete tidal observations. She will then be available to return to Liverpool Bay by 15/7

12.7.39

Tor Point

13.7.39

 

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Liverpool

24.7.39

 

26.7.39

Plymouth

14.8.39

 

16.8.39

Islay

18.8.39

 

18.8.39

Portrush

21.8.39

 

21.8.39

Islay

23.8.39

23/8 To proceed to Home Port with moderate despatch and convert for minesweeping duties.

25.8.39

Plymouth

13.9.39

Taken in hand 27/8 for conversion to minesweeper. Armed at Devonport with two 4" HA guns and four 0.5" machine guns. Completes 9/9 approx.

GLEANER was allocated to the 1st A/S Flotilla in Western Approaches Command.

12/9 from C in C Western Approaches:- To sail for Liverpool with all convenient despatch.

14/9 GLEANER is to be employed as an anti-submarine vessel and not a minesweeping vessel. Minesweeping gear should be landed and depth charges embarked as soon as possible. (As an A/S escort she initially had two depth charge chutes and two throwers (DCT) with about 12 depth charges.)  Dates when they will be ready for service to be reported.

15.9.39

Liverpool

23.9.39

Escorting Trident

24.9.39

Clyde (Greenock)

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26/9 from Naval Officer i/c Belfast: If no trace submarine on line Turnberry Campbeltown by dusk return to Clyde for Trident.

26.9.39

Liverpool

30.9.39

30/9 From C in C Western Approaches: A/s equipment of GLEANER is now complete.

2/10 From C in C W Approaches:- Owing to shortage of destroyers Naval Officer I/c Belfast is requested to detail GLEANER to arrive Liverpool by 0700 on Saturday 7/10 for one convoy under orders of Capt (D) 11th Destroyer Flotilla.

5/10 From N O i/c Belfast: Return to harbour at Belfast

7.10.39

Liverpool

8.10.39

 

GLEANER spent two days with Convoy OB16G

13.10.39

Liverpool

14.10.39

 

14/15.10.39

Belfast

15.10.39

 

15.10.39

When HM Ships KINGFISHER (patrol sloop) and PC.74 (vintage patrol vessel) attacked a U‑boat in the vicinity of Great Ormes Head on 15 Oct.1939, GLEANER joined in the hunt in Liverpool Bay.

16.10.39

Belfast

18.10.39

17/10 To be sailed for Port A as soon as possible to provide temporary A/S protection to this base

20.10.39

Belfast

25.10.39

 

26.10.39

Port A

28.10.39

26/10 From N O i/c Belfast: GLEANER and Shearwater are to be sailed from port for moving of A/S 1 ships.

28/10 From N O i/c Port A:- GLEANER has been ordered to proceed direct to Belfast from Clyde unless otherwise by C in C Western Approaches

29.10.39

Ardrossan

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3.11.39

Belfast

14.11.39

14/11 From C in C W A: Transferred temporarily to C in C H F sails for Port A 14/11

15.11.39

Port A

29.11.39

16/11 From N O i/c Belfast: Request GLEANER be sailed for Clyde

29/11 From N O i/c Port A: Sailing of GLEANER is postponed until weather moderates

29.11.39

Aberdeen

30.11.39

For Shetlands

1.12.39

Scapa

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In December GLEANER was reassigned to the Home Fleet A/S Force.

2.12.39

Port A

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Belfast

10.12.39

For Clyde

9/12 From C in C Home Fleet: Request GLEANER may be sailed for Clyde forthwith on completion of boiler cleaning

10/12 From N O i/c Belfast: GLEANER has completed boiler cleaning and will be ready for sea 10/12

10.12.39

Clyde

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29.12.39

On 29 and 30 December she helped to escort in the Canadian Troop Convoy TC2

31.12.39

She joined the trawler LORD NUFFIELD on 31 December in an attack on a U‑boat off Sanda Island, between the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig.

30.12.39

Clyde

8.1.40

 

     

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