Halcyon Class Minesweepers HMS Scott 1940
 
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HMS Scott - Halcyon Class Minesweeper
HMS Scott

HMS SCOTT Principal Surveys 1940

K St B Collins

Scotland, West Coast.

North Atlantic

Loch Ewe; Kilbrannan Sound

Minefields between N. W. Scotland, Faeroes, Iceland and Greenland.

 


S
COTT remained for much of the next two years employed on mining, providing precise positioning for the minelayers and, where necessary, carrying out surveys of the intended minefields before they were laid to determine the depth of water, and hence the length of mooring needed, as well as measuring the tidal streams and currents which the minelayers could expect to encounter. She was principally engaged on the northern barrage, between Scotland, Iceland and Greenland. Only the week before the Bismarck's break‑out in May 1941 SCOTT was in the waters the German squadron passed through, surveying for the next tranche of the barrage. Those who were in her at the time tell with feeling of the lonely nature of her work, and of the discomfort of bobbing about in a sounding boat moored to a deep‑laid beacon in the middle of the Denmark Strait observing currents. One little-known exploit was that when Bismark broke out SCOTT was send ahead of Hood and Prince of Wales to check on the position of the edge of the pack ice off Greenland. Fortunately for her she did not encounter the German squadron. 

As well as making the surveys to provide data before laying, SCOTT also herself accompanied the minelaying sorties for the northern barrage, and surveying officers were carried in each of the minelayers, mainly large converted merchantmen.

Source: EXTRACTS from: Charts and Surveys in Peace and War The History of the RN Hydrographic Service 1919 1970 by Rear Admiral R O Morris CB

 

Date of Arrival

Place

Date of Departure

Orders, Remarks etc

18.1.40

Scapa

?

 

19.1.40

Ardrossan

?

 

?

Greenock

26.1.40

 

26.1.40

Belfast

2.2.40

 

2.2.40

Rothesay

12.3.40

7/3 From N O i/c Greenock: Intend to sail SCOTT for Belfast for refit a.m. 12/3

12.3.40

Belfast

18.5.40

13/3 SCOTT taken in hand for refit and to give leave, completion 27/3.

Completion of SCOTT postponed awaiting decision re conversion.

29/3 From Admiralty: HMS SCOTT will be reconverted to a surveying ship at Belfast forthwith. The vessel is required to be ready for sea early in May.

8/5 From NO i/c Completes 18/5

13/5 Request SCOTT be sailed to carry out Hydrographic instructions on a date to be arranged by FO I/c Belfast

15/5 SCOTT completed excluding paravane

19.5.40

Port B

?

 

?

Oban

21.5.40

 

27.5.40

Port ZA

29.5.40

 

6.6.40

Port ZA

7.6.40

 

11.6.40

Port ZA

12.6.40

 

13.6.40

Belfast

19.6.40

Boiler cleaning

19.6.40

Belfast

20.6.40

 

21.6.40

Port ZA

24.6.40

 

3.7.40

Port ZA

25.7.40

 

?

Port ZA

3.8.40

 

?

Ardrossan

9.8.40

 

?

Port ZA

10.8.40

 

13.8.40

Port ZA

17.8.40

 

19.8.40

Port ZA

?

 

23.8.40

Port ZA

27.8.40

 

6.9.40

Port ZA

10.9.40

 

?

Port ZA

24.9.40

23/9 SCOTT is being sent to Ardrossan for boiler clean and will be available for any surveying requirements local to Port ZA from 30/9. Request she may be available at Port ZA at 24 hours notice.

25.9.40

Ardrossan

1.10.40

 

5.10.40

Port ZA

12.10.40

 

11.10.40

Port ZA

14.10.40

13/10 From RAML: SCOTT to proceed as convenient 14/10 and carry out Hydrographic instructions in Loch Broom and Loch Ewe.

21.10.40

Port ZA

26.10.40

26/10 From RAML: Raise steam and proceed as convenient pm 26/10 by Sound of Fleet to Kilbrannan Sound to start work on Hydrographic Instruction No.7

27.10.40

Campbeltown

3.11.40

1/11 From FO i/c Glasgow: SCOTT can be taken in hand at Troon No.1 on 3/11 provided Linnet is deferred until completion of SCOTT.

3.11.40

Campbeltown

?

 

6.11.40

Clyde

30.11.40

7/11 From F O i/c Glasgow: SCOTT taken in hand 7/11 by Messrs Yarrow Scotstown for retuning of boilers and Messrs Barclay Curle Govan for machinery and such other defects as can be done within the minimum time required 14 days after which ship will have to be docked.

23/11 From RAML: Request SCOTT may be sailed for Port ZA on completion of refit.

30.11.40

Londonderry

?

 

3.12.40

Port ZA

6.12.40

12/12 SCOTT can be taken in hand by Messrs Harland and Wolff, Belfast for removal of main mast and fitting of 12 pounder gun.

14.12.40

Belfast

11.1.41

17/12 From RAML: SCOTT will not be required at Port ZA until 15.1.41. Request arrangements may be made for her to be passed over D/g range on completion of refit, and then to proceed to Campbeltown to continue work on survey in Kilbrennan Sound.

     

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