Tuesday 27th February 1945
1. (a) HMS Harrier sailed at 0430 to lay datum
(b) HMS Hazard sailed at 0445 with dan layers
Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and Lord Ashfield.
(c) HM Ships Seagull, Halcyon and SPEEDWELL
sailed at 0515. Sweepers and danlayers to rendezvous with Harrier
North West of Area.
(2. – 5. Details of sweep)
6. At 1000… a mine detonated in Hazard’s (rear
ship) sweeps. The plume was about 30 feet… Inquiries were made of
her and she was unable to determine when or where she had picked
up this mine…
7. During the second lap a mine detonated in
Seagull’s sweep and parted it. There was no plume and from this
fact and her position it was assumed to be one of our deep
(At 1334 the visibility, which had been good,
closed down to half a mile and then became thick fog. Sweeping was
abandoned as it was 4 hours passage to the anchorage for the
danlayers and it was thought prudent to have them inside our
patrols before dark.)
Wednesday 28th February
Flotilla and danlayers ordered to return to
Harwich by the C in C Nore.