Pennant No: M1117
Laid Down: 26th November 1951
Built By: Fleetlands Shipyard Ltd. Gosport
Completed: 4th June 1954
Time To Build: 30 months
Commissioned: September 1954 for 101st (RNVR) Minesweeping Squadron based Bristol
Years Fully Operational: 13 (all with RNVR/RNR)

Outline of Operational Career:

  • 20 Sept 54 Transferred to Severn Division RNVR
  • 1 Jan 55 Renamed HMS VENTURER
  • 11 Nov 60 Paid Off for Deltic Conversion
  • Nov 61 Re-Commissioned as HMS THAMESfor London Division RNR based Southampton
  • Nov 62-Jan 63 Temporary attachment to VERNON Training Squadron with MONKTON'S crew

Significant Events:

  • Jul 63 Took part in Operation CABLEWAY(joint RN/RNR live minesweeping) based Den Helder, Holland
  • Jul 64 Near collision with HMS CURZON(HMS FITTLETON)

Paid Off: 6th April 1967

Disposal: Sold to Metrec at Newhaven 12th May 1970 for break up