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ALGERINE

 

Nationality:

Britain

Type: Minesweeper
Class: ALGERINE -125 in class (110 completed)
Completed: circa 1941 - 1945
Displacement: 980 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

225' x 35' 6" x 10' 3"
Machinery: 2-shaft geared turbines (* see below) or 2-shaft VTE; 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers; 2,000 to 2,400shp.  Oil:  235 tons
Speed: 16.5 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
1 4.5" / 45 cal. QF 1x1
4 (x, see below) 40mm Bofors 4x1

   or

4 - 8 20mm Bofors
90 - 92 DC in escort mode
Compliment: 138

 

 

Notes:  Considered to be a successful design, larger and more spacious than the preceding BANGOR class.  They were often used as anti-submarine escorts.  Ships without the quad 40mm AA mount received 20mm guns, usually eight of them.

 

 

Ships in class:

 

NAME PENNANT NUMBER BUILDER FATE
ACUTE (ex-ALERT)* J.106 Harland and Wolff expended as target ship in Malta in 1963; sold to be broken up for scrap in November 1964; scrapped at La Spezia, Italy
ALARM * J.140 Harland and Wolff bombed by German aircraft at Bene, North Africa on 2 January 1943; declared a constructive total loss; scrapped in January, 1944
ALBACORE * J.101 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Port Glasgow in September, 1963
ALGERINE * J.213 Harland and Wolff torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine ASCIANGHI on 15 November 1942
ANTARES J.282 Toronto returned to the USN as AM-325 in 1946; broken up in Maryland in 1947
ARCTURUS J.283 Redfern returned to the USN as AM-326 in 1946; transferred to the Greek Navy as PYRPOLITIS in 1947; expended as a target off Crete in 1980
ARIES J.284 Toronto returned to the USN as AM-327 in 1946; transferred to the Greek Navy as ARMATOLOS in 1947; expended as a target in 1977
BORDER CITIES (RCN) J.344 Port Arthur decommissioned in January, 1946 and subsequently broken up at Victoria
BRAMBLE J.273 Lobnitz broken up at Gateshead in August, 1961
BRAVE * J.305 Blyth; White transferred to RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) and renamed SATELLITE in 1954; scrapped at Dunston, November, 1958
CADMUS * J.230 Harland and Wolff transferred to Royal Belgian Navy as GEORGES LECOINTE in 1950; scrapped in 1960
CHAMELEON * J.387 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Silloth in April, 1966
CHEERFUL * J.388 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Queensborough in September, 1963
CIRCE * J.214 Harland and Wolff transferred to RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) as a drill ship in 1955; scrapped at Dalmuir in December, 1966
CLINTON J.286 Toronto returned to the USN as AM-328 in 1947; scrapped later that year
COCKATRICE J.229 Fleming and Ferguson broken up at Inverkeithing in August, 1963
COQUETTE (ex-RCN BOWMANVILLE) J.350 Redfern scrapped at Rosyth in May, 1958
COURIER (ex-RCN ARNPRIOR) x J.349 Redfern scrapped at Llanelly in March, 1959
CYBELLE J.399 Scotts cancelled; details unknown
CYRUS J.421 Scotts cancelled; details unknown
ESPIEGLE * J.216 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Dalmuir in 1967
FANCY * J.308 Blyth; White transferred to Royal Belgian Navy as DUFOUR in 1951; hulked as NZADI in 1959; sank in 1980 (details unknown)
FANTOME * J.224 Harland and Wolff struck a mine off Bizerte, Tunisia on 20 May 1943; declared a constructive total loss; scrapped at Milford Haven, May, 1947
FELICITY (ex-RCN COPPERCLIFF) J.369 Redfern sold and became mercantile FAIRFREE in 1947; broken up at Charlestown in 1957
FIERCE J.453 Lobnitz broken up at Gateshead in August, 1959
FIREBALL J.464 Lobnitz cancelled in October, 1944
FLY J.306 Lobnitz sold to the Royal Persian Navy in July, 1949 and renamed PALANG; stricken in 1972 and subsequently scrapped
FLYING FISH (ex-RCN TILLSONBURG) J.370 Redfern sold to the Royal Ceylon Navy in October, 1949 and renamed VIJAYA; broken up in 1975
FORT FRANCIS (RCN) J.396 Port Arthur decommissioned in August, 1945; recommissioned in 1948 as hydrographic survey ship with pennant number 170; re-classified as an oceanographic survey ship in 1958; sold for scrapping in 1974.
FRIENDSHIP J.398 Toronto returned to the USN as AM-329 in January, 1947; scrapped in Maryland later that year
GABRIEL J.465 Lobnitz cancelled in October, 1944
GOLDEN FLEECE (ex-RCN HUMBERSTONE) J.376 Redfern scrapped at Llanelly in August, 1960
GOZO J.287 Redfern returned to the USN as AM-330 in 1946; sold to the Grecian Navy in October, 1948 and renamed POLEMISTIS; expended as a target in 1975
HAPPY RETURN J.466 Lobnitz cancelled in October, 1944
HARE * x J.389 Harland and Wolff transferred to Royal Nigerian Navy as NIGERIA in 1959; scrapped at Faslane in November, 1962
HOUND J.307 Lobnitz scrapped at Troon in September, 1962
HYDRA J.375 Lobnitz struck a mine off Ostend, Belgium on 10 November 1944; declared a constructive total loss and broken up at Grays in 1947
JASEUR x J.428 Redfern scrapped at Blyth in May, 1956
JEWEL * x J.390 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Inverkeithing in April, 1967
KAPUSKASING (RCN) J.326 Port Arthur decommissioned in March; 1946; recommissioned as oceanographic observation ship with pennant number 171 in 1948; decommissioned in 1972; sunk as a target in 1978
LAERTES J.433 Redfern scrapped at Barrow in April, 1959
LARNE (I) --- Simons cancelled in March, 1942
LARNE (II) J.274 Lobnitz struck a mine near Boros, Greece on 13 August 1944 and was beached to prevent sinking; following repairs, was transferred to Italian Navy as AMMARAGLIO MAGNAHI in 1946; renamed ERITREA in 1948; renamed ALABARDA in 1951; scrapped at La Spezia in 1980
LENNOX (I) --- Simons cancelled in March, 1942
LENNOX (II) J.276 Lobnitz scrapped at Gateshead in June, 1961
LIBERTY * x J.391 Harland and Wolff transferred to Royal Belgian Navy as ADRIEN DE GERLACHE in 1949; converted to mine countermeasures ship in 1959; sold for breaking up and scrapped at Bruges in June, 1970.
LIGHTFOOT J.288 Redfern returned to the USN as AM-331 in 1946; sold to the Grecian Navy and renamed NAVAMACHOS in 1947; expended as a target in 1974
LIONESS (ex-RCN PETROLLA) x J.377 Redfern scrapped at Rosyth in November, 1956
LOYALTY (ex-RATTLER) * J.217 Harland and Wolff torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-480 in the English Channel on 22 August 1944
LYSANDER (ex-RCN HESPELER) J.379 Port Arthur renamed CORNFLOWER in 1950; name changed back to LYSANDER in 1951; broken up at Blyth in November, 1957
MAENAD J.335 Redfern scrapped at Grays in December, 1957
MAGICIENNE J.436 Redfern scrapped at Newport in May, 1956
MAMELUKE J.437 Redfern scrapped at Middlesborough in May, 1950
MANDATE J.438 Redfern scrapped at Charlestown in December, 1957
MARINER (ex-RCN KINCARDINE) J.380 Port Arthur transferred to the Burmese Navy as YAN MYO AUNG in 1958; deleted from service in 1982 and subsequently scrapped
MARMION (I) --- Harland and Wolff cancelled in 1942
MARMION (II) (ex-RCN ORANGEVILLE) J.381 Port Arthur scrapped at Dunston in August, 1959
MARVEL J.443 Redfern scrapped at Charlestown in May, 1958
MARY ROSE (ex-RCN TORONTO) J.360 Redfern scrapped at Gateshead in November, 1957
MELITA J.289 Redfern scrapped at Llanelly in February, 1959
MICHAEL J.444 Redfern scrapped at Bo'ness in November, 1956
MIDDLESEX (RCN) J.328 Port Arthur decommissioned in December, 1945; became a search and rescue ship in 1946; ran aground off New Scotland on 3 December 1946 and declared a constructive total loss; subsequently broken up
MINSTREL J.445 Redfern paid off in February, 1947 to Category B reserve at Singapore; purchased by the Royal Thai Navy in April, 1947 and renamed PHOSAMTON in November, 1947; still in service as a training ship and is believed to be the oldest steam-engined warship still in service
MOON (I) --- Harland and Wolff cancelled in 1943
MOON (II) (ex-RCN MIMICO) J.329 Redfern scrapped at Gateshead in November, 1957
MUTINE * J.227 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Barrow in 1967
MYRMIDON J.454 Redfern scrapped at Briton Ferry in December, 1958
MYSTIC J.455 Redfern scrapped at Llanelly in May, 1958
NERISSA J.456 Redfern scrapped at Llanelly in August, 1960
NEW LISKEARD (RCN) J.397 Port Arthur decommissioned in August; 1946; in 1948, became a training ship, then an oceanographic observation ship; decommissioned in 1969 and sold for scrap
NICATOR J.457 Toronto cancelled in November, 1944
NIGER (I) --- Toronto cancelled in November, 1944
NIGER (ex-DISDAIN) (II) J.442 Lobnitz broken up at Silloth in February, 1966
NONPAREIL J.459 Toronto cancelled in November, 1944
NOX J.460 Toronto cancelled in November, 1944
OCTAVIA J.290 Redfern scrapped at Gateshead in May, 1950
ODIN J.461 Toronto cancelled in November, 1944
ONYX * J.221 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Inverkeithing in April, 1967
ORCADIA J.462 Port Arthur scrapped at Briton Ferry in December, 1958
ORESTES J.277 Lobnitz used as a target ship for Seacat missile trials; broken up at Troon in 1961
OSHAWA (RCN) J.330 Port Arthur decommissioned in July, 1945; recommissioned in 1958 as oceanographic observation ship with pennant number 174; decommissioned and scrapped in 1966
OSSORY J.463 Port Arthur scrapped at Troon in March, 1959
PELORUS J.291 Lobnitz sold to the South African Navy in 1947 and renamed PIETERMARITZBURG; served as an accommodation ship at Simon's Town in 1982; scuttled as an artificial reef off Simon's Town on 12 October 1994
PERSIAN J.347 Redfern returned to the USN as AM-334; sold as mercantile ship and renamed KIKIADES in 1947; renamed POLIKOS in 1948; scrapped in 196?
PICKLE * J.293 Harland and Wolff sold to the Royal Ceylon Navy in April 1959 and renamed PARAKRAMA; broken up at Singapore in 1964
PINCHER * J.294 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Dunston in March, 1962
PLUCKY * J.295 Harland and Wolff scrapped at Dunston in March, 1962
PLUTO J.446 Port Arthur broken up at Dalmuir in 1972
POLARIS J.447 Port Arthur scrapped at Briton Ferry in September, 1956
PORTAGE (RCN) J.331 Port Arthur decommissioned in July, 1946; became a training ship in 1947; sold for scrap in 1958 but not broken up until 1961
POSTILLION J.296 Redfern returned to the USN as AM-335; sold to Grecian Navy and renamed MACHITIS in 1947; expended as a target at Crete in 1984
PROMPT (ex-RCN HUNTSVILLE) J.378 Redfern struck a mine on 9 May 1945 off Ostend, Belgium; towed to Southend and declared a constructive total loss, not being worth repairing; sold to be broken up in January, 1947
PROVIDENCE (ex-RCN FORREST HILL) J.325 Redfern scrapped at Sunderland in May, 1958
PYRRHUS J.448 Port Arthur scrapped at Newport in September, 1956
RATTLESNAKE J.297 Lobnitz broken up at Grangermouth in 1959
READY * J.223 Harland and Wolff sold to the Royal Belgian Navy in July, 1951 and renamed J. E. VAN HAVERBEKE; scrapped at Bruges in 1961
RECRUIT * J.298 Harland and Wolff broken up at Barrow in 1965
REGULUS (ex-RCN LONGBRANCH) J.327 Toronto struck a mine off Corfu on 12 January 1945 and sank
RIFLEMAN * J.299 Harland and Wolff served as accommodation ship at Barrows in early 1960's; broken up at Barrows in 1972
RINALDO * J.225 Harland and Wolff broken up at Gateshead in 1961
ROCKCLIFF (RCN) J.355 Port Arthur decommissioned in July, 1946; became a training ship in 1947; sold for scrap in 1958 and scrapped in Canada in 1960
ROMOLA J.449 Port Arthur scrapped at Plymouth in November, 1957
ROSAMUND J.439 Port Arthur sold to the South African Navy in September, 1947 and renamed BLOEMFONTEIN; sunk as target in 1967
ROSARIO * J.219 Harland and Wolff sold to the Royal Belgian Navy in 1953 and renamed DE MOOR; broken up at Bruges in 1970
ROWENA J.384 Lobnitz broken up at Gateshead in October,1958
SAULT STE. MARIE (ex-The SOO) (RCN) J.334 Port Arthur decommissioned in December, 1946; became a training ship in 1949; sold for scrap in 1959 and broken up in 1960
SEABEAR (ex-RCN ST. THOMAS) J.333 Redfern scrapped at Preston in December, 1958
SERENE (ex-RCN LEASIDE) x J.354 Redfern scrapped at Llanelly in March, 1959
SKIPJACK  (ex-SCORPION, ex-RCN SOLEBAY) J.300 Redfern scrapped at Blyth in 1959
SPANKER * J.226 Harland and Wolff sold to the Royal Belgian Navy in 1953 and renamed DE BROUWER; broken up at Ghent in 1968
SQUIRREL * J.301 Harland and Wolff struck a mine off Phuket, Siam (Thailand) on 24 July 1945; scuttled
ST. BONIFACE (RCN) J.332 Port Arthur decommissioned in September, 1946; sold as mercantile BESS BERRY later in 1946 and served until 1954; subsequent fate unknown
STORMCLOUD J.367 Lobnitz broken up at Gateshead in August, 1959
STYX J.440 Port Arthur cancelled in November, 1944
SYLVIA J.382 Lobnitz broken up at Gateshead in October, 1958
TANGANYIKA J.383 Lobnitz broken up at Inverkeithing in September, 1963
THISBE J.302 Redfern scrapped at Charlestown in December, 1957
TRUELOVE J.303 Redfern scrapped at Blyth in November, 1957
VESTAL * J.215 Harland and Wolff hit by Japanese "Kamikaze" aircraft and sunk off Phuket, Siam (Thailand) on 26 July 1945
WALLACEBURG (RCN) J.336 Port Arthur decommissioned in October, 1946; served as a training ship with pennant number 172 from 1950 until 1957; sold to the Royal Belgian Navy in 1959 and renamed GEORGES LECOINTE; broken up in 1969
WATERWITCH J.304 Lobnitz broken up at Antwerp in 1970
WAVE x J.385 Lobnitz scrapped at Gateshead in April, 1962
WELCOME x J.386 Lobnitz scrapped at Gateshead in May, 1962
WELFARE J.356 Redfern scrapped at Grays in November, 1957
WINNIPEG (RCN) J.337 Port Arthur decommissioned in November 1946;  transferred to the Royal Belgian Navy in 1959 and renamed A. F. DUFOUR; broken up in 1966

 

 

Many thanks to the following for their wonderful help in the compilation of the FATES column of this table:

 

The Algerines Association

http://www.minesweepers.org.uk/

 

uboat.net

http://uboat.net/

 

Builders:

   Blyth Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : White

   Fleming and Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland)

   Harland and Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

   Lobnitz and Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland)

   Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada)

   Redfern Construction Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 

   Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)

   W. Simons and Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland)

   Toronto Shipbuilding Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

 

Pictures

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