Halcyon Class Minesweepers HMS Halcyon 1944
 
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HMS Halcyon from HMS Hazard, unknown ship beyond 1944/5
HMS Halcyon from HMS Hazard, unknown ship beyond 1944/5
(Source: Ldg Seaman Mike Carter, HMS Hazard)

Date of Arrival

Place

Date of Departure

Remarks, Orders etc

2.1.44

Kola Inlet

7.1.44

 

?

Dvina Bar

9.1.44

 

11.1.44

Kola Inlet

18.1.44

 

?

Kola Inlet

23.1.44

 

?

Murmansk

25.1.44

 

3.2.44

At sea

10.2.44

HALCYON, Hussar and Speedwell left Russia as part of the Ocean escort for RA56 (39 ships) which was not attacked. Gleaner and Seagull provided local eastern escort from 3rd to 5th Feb. The three minesweepers left the convoy on 10/2.

11.2.44

Scapa

?

 

15.2.44

Rosyth

?

Repairs

28.2.44

Scapa

7.3.44

 

8.3.44

Port Z A

?

By 9/3 Jason, Harrier (SO), Speedwell and Hussar had been joined by Britomart, Gleaner, HALCYON, Salamander and Seagull and the 1st MSF proceeded to carry out minesweeping exercises.

16.3.44

Aultbea

17.3.44

 

24.3.44

Inverness

?

 

?

Invergordon

2.4.44

 

?

Rosyth

12.4.44

Taken in hand 4/4 Rosyth. Repairs complete 10/4

13.4.44

Tyne

14.4.44

 

24.4.44

Harwich

1.5.44

 

6.5.44

Harwich

13.5.44

 

14.5.44

Portsmouth

?

 

?

Dover

29.5.44

 

?

Portsmouth

9.6.44

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20.6.44

Portsmouth

?

 

5.7.44

Harwich

11.7.44

From France (Capt MS) in FTM27

11.7.44

Southend

12.7.44

 

13.7.44

France (ETF)

?

 

 

Portsmouth

22.7.44

HALCYON can be taken in hand for refit at Messrs Russells, London (Victoria Dock)

 

France (BAA)

15.8.44

 

 

Portsmouth

?

 

18.8.44

Sheerness

?

 

19.8.44

London

27.11.44

20/8 HALCYON taken in hand for refit, completion date approx 31/10

Propose HALCYON departs 23/11

2.12.44

Terneuzen?

?

 

?

Antwerp

9.12.44

 

11.12.44

Harwich

14.12.44

 

21.12.44

Source: ADM 199/153 (Extracts)

Date: 26th December 1944

From: The Commanding Officer, HMS Gleaner
To:   Commander in Chief, The Nore

Subject: Minesweeping Reports No. 2 and 4 

REPORT No. 2 

Thursday 21st December 1944 

Searching sweep of channel from NF3 to 53F buoys. 
Speedwell, HALCYON, Speedy, Seagull with dan layer Foday.
Wind variable. Sea and swell 10. Weather misty. 

Moored mine swept up, not sunk. Lost in poor visibility. 

Speedwell parted port sweep on what is believed to be the wreck marked PA in position 5121N, 2 13E. This puts the wreck approximately one mile to westward of charted position. 

REPORT No. 4 

Speedwell swept up one moored mine believed German, believed GR. Apparently new, black paint. 51 21 42 North. 2 12 42 East. Charted depth 14 fathoms. 21st December 1944 1342A, no evidence to suggest that mine was dragged before being cut. 

H A King, Lt Commander RNVR
Senior Officer (borne in Speedwell during this operation) 

_______ 

HMS Shearwater on patrol during night of 18th/19th December reported that E-boats had been encountered and had possibly laid mines in the vicinity of 51 21 30 N, 02 10 40 E. A search of QZS 596 was therefore ordered and this was carried out by 1st Minesweeping Flotilla on 21st December, one moored mine being cut as in Minesweeping Reports 2 and 4. A danger area was then declared and this area was subsequently cleared by the 18th MSF, five moored mines being swept, all to the eastward of the original one. 

Admiral of the Fleet
The Nore

6th January 1945

23.12.44

Harwich

30.12.44

 

     

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