Halcyon Class Minesweepers HMS Salamander 1939
 
Home
Up
Salamander Pre-War
Salamander 1939
Salamander 1940
Salamander 1941
Salamander 1942
Salamander 1943
Salamander 1944
Salamander - Crew

 


HMS Salamander - Halcyon Class Minesweeper
HMS Salamander

(www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk)

HMS Salamander Portland 7th May 1939

HMS Salamander and HMS Speedy (behind). Portland 7th May 1939
(Maritime Photo Library)

Date of Arrival

Place

Date of Departure

Orders, Remarks etc

14.1.39

Portland

24.3.39

Taken in hand 21/12 for repairs to navigation circuits

24.3.39

Plymouth

29.4.39

Taken in hand 29/3 for refit at Devonport, completes end April 1939 approx

29.4.39

Portland

1.6.39

 

1.6.39

Brixham

2.6.39

In search for HMS Thetis (Stood by)

3.6.39

Brixham

8.6.39

 

8.6.39

Dartmouth

13.6.39

 

13.6.39

Portland

15.6.39

 

15.6.39

Braye Harbour

23.6.39

 

23.6.39

Jersey

26.6.39

 

27.6.39

Plymouth

31.7.39

Taken in hand 13/7 for minor repairs and survey. Completes 29/7

SALAMANDER will sail for Liverpool on completion of leave to relieve Speedy on salvage operations of Thetis.

31.7.39

Portland

14.8.39

Temporarily attached to the Reserve Fleet for the Royal Inspection (at Portland 9/8)

18.8.39

Plymouth

20.8.39

20/8 Lt Cdr L J S Ede appointed in command

21.8.39

Portland

24.8.39

Transferred from the 1st to the 6th Minesweeping Flotilla on 21st Aug 1939

25.8.39

Sheerness

21.9.39

21/9 from C in C Nore: SALAMANDER to proceed to Dover forthwith

20.9.39

Harrier and Skipjack sank two floating mines near the South Godwin Light Vessel. Later that day Harrier took on board 39 survivors of the torpedoed sloop Kittiwake. A few days later Harrier, Halcyon, Speedwell, Skipjack, SALAMANDER and Hussar commenced sweeping across the channel towards Calais.

21.9.39

Dover

19.10.39

 

19.10.39

Harwich

20.10.39

 

21.10.39

Grimsby

24.10.39

 

25.10.39

Grimsby

27.10.39

 

28.10.39

Grimsby

11.12.39

10/12 From SO 1st MSF: To arrive off Dover 12/12 ready to carry out skim sweep under orders of Skipjack

 

ADM 199/184 Report of minefield HUSSAR

 

From:               The Commanding Officer HMS HUSSAR
Date:                21st November 1939
To:                   The Flag Officer, Humber
Copy to:           Senior Officer, 5th Minesweeping Flotilla, HMS SPHINX 

Report of Minefield discovered in SCX 60 on 20th November 

Submitted 

This channel was searched by HUSSAR and SALAMANDER in H formation with double Oropesa sweeps, ships 5 cables apart, 5 fathoms of float wire, 15 fathoms of kite wire, and 250 fathoms of sweep wire. The Northern half of the channel was swept on the outward lap, and the Southern half on the return lap. 

At about 1310, course 260 degs, a mine exploded in HUSSARís Port sweep. About a cable further on a second mine exploded in HUSSARís Port sweep. A passing trawler was requested to drop a dan in a position between the two explosions: which she did. This position was approximately 116 deg. 2 miles from the Humber Light Vessel. The dan buoy flag was a blue one. 

Two mines were then cut in a position approximately 260 deg Ĺ mile from the dan buoy, one in the Port and one in the Starboard sweep. At about the same time SALAMANDER cut one mine. She was bearing 350 deg Ĺ mile from HUSSAR. The sweep was continued to the end of the channel and the aforementioned trawler was requested to keep the mines in sight and shipping clear of the position. 

Sweeps were got in at the end of the channel. SALAMANDERís sweep was all clear, but there was a mine jambed in the sixth cutter of HUSSARís sweep, 50 fathoms from the otter. This was observed as the cutter came to the surface. The winch was stopped and put to veer, and as sweep started to veer the mine exploded. It was 5 ft under the surface, and 20 yards from the stern. There was no damage to the ship apart from broken glass etc., but she was severely shaken, neither were there any casualties to personnel.  

SALAMANDER was detailed to destroy two of the three cut mines, and to get photographs and a description of the third, which was left on the surface in case it was desired for recovery. She was also detailed to keep Westbound shipping clear of the minefield. HUSSAR proceeded to recover her parted Port sweep wire, float and otter. The Starboard float was broken in two at the tail welded joint by the explosion in the Port sweep. HUSSAR then kept Eastbound shipping clear of the minefield. 

In the absence of a reply to a request for instructions as to mine recovery, and because it was getting dusk, SALAMANDER was ordered to destroy the remaining cut mine at 1600. Photographs of the mine were taken. Its description is as follows: spherical mine with strengthening band round centre. Four horns round upper half, and one on top about 6 inches long. Mine painted black, no lettering. Approximately 3 Ĺ feet in diameter. 

When SALAMANDER had destroyed the mine, she discovered another of the same type, about 3 cables away, which she also destroyed. Therefore although only 6 mines were seen to be cut it is probable that four were cut, making a total of 7 destroyed, 3 in the sweep and 4 on the surface. The charted depth of water where the mines were cut was 7 and 8 fathoms. 

The necessary signal reporting the discovery of the minefield was despatched at 1330. 

After Dark HUSSAR and SALAMANDER continued to keep shipping clear of the minefield during the night until HUSSAR sighted SPHINX at 0645. 

Before HUSSAR left the area, the Humber Light Vessel was informed that a minefield existed in SE 2miles from her position and that should any shipping appear to be in danger of entering it she was to hoist an International Code signal directing them to steer North. 

T Crick
Lieutenant Commander Command. 

 

...On one occasion the ship had a close call. I was one deck down at the time but I gather that a mine got caught around one of the sweeps as it was being winched back in. Fortunately, someone spotted it and gave the alarm. They managed to free the mine from the sweep but in doing so, or shortly after, it detonated and blasted the side of the ship. Although there was no damage that threatened the ship itself, one of the plates, which separated the oil tanks, was ruptured and we had to go into docks to have that repaired.

http://www.hmshood.com/crew/bios/WilliamStone_Bio.html

12.12.39

Dover

?

28/12 SALAMANDER is to proceed to Humber

30/12 from V A Dover: intend sailing SALAMANDER to arrive Humber 1.1.40

HMS   Salamander
HMS Salamander

     

Home | Salamander Pre-War | Salamander 1939 | Salamander 1940 | Salamander 1941 | Salamander 1942 | Salamander 1943 | Salamander 1944 | Salamander - Crew

This site was last updated 17 Januar 2012