Tuesday, January 17, 2006

HMS Aberford ???

Does anyone know whether the HMS Aberford is named after Aberford in West Yorkshire?

This is what I have found out about it so far ...

Aberford P3102

"Ford" class Patrol boat
HMS Aberford P3102
Ford Class Seaward Defence Boat
Northern Ireland
Builders: Yarrow

Image Source: http://www.navyphotos.co.uk/ford%20class%20patrol.htm

Launched 1952: HMS ABERFORD
Built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Scotstoun,
Yard No 2031
Last Name: NYATI (1964)
Launched: Monday, 22 September 1952
Built: 1954
Ship Type: Seaward Defence Boat
Owner History:Royal Navy
Status: Scrapped - 1971

Source: http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=1527

"The Royal Navy granted Kenya Navy as a gift HMS Aberford, an inshore mine sweeper which was renamed KNS (for Kenya Navy Ship) Nyati. Two boats and motor cutters were also given to our Navy and used in training the young seamen."

Source: http://www.nationaudio.com/News/DailyNation/280899/Features/story1.html


  • The Ford Class SDB is very often referred to as a minesweeper. In fact it was a very specialised vessel with no capacity to sweep mines. It was designed as a mini-destroyer for inshore and harbour/coastal work to detect and destroy human torpedoes, mini-submarines and submarines. They were equipped with a good sonar for their day anda fairly heavy load of two sizes of depth charges.

    By Blogger Clive Baldwin, at 1:29 PM  

  • I served on the Crabby Abby during 1959. Her skipper was Lt Chatterton-Dixon and 1st Lt was Lt Heptenstall. We were part fo the Derry Squadron with the Camberford and Shalford. We did get to Copenhagen via the Caledonian Canal.

    Her Sonar (ASDICS as it was then) was the 164/144 double faced transducer set up but the control room was very cramped.

    Whilst alongside at the usual Waterside Jetty a Junior Seaman who was assisting with the berthing of the Shalford was shot to death by the on duty sentry.

    By Blogger Mike, at 7:05 AM  

  • I served on the Aberford from June 1960 until march 1962 as a seaman gunner and I looked after all the weapons onboard,we carried a battery driven 40mm Bofors and two ex first world war Lewis guns of the pan magazine variety and two RFLs and Half size depth charges.
    Frank (Buster) Brown.

    By Blogger Buster, at 11:38 PM  

  • I was interested in Mike's comment, as I was the Ordinary Seaman who replaced the JS who was shot. I had a big shock when I joined the Abby ..... the Buffer, who suffered from chronic seasickness, told me I was the new chef! Great, seeing that I was the Seaman Radar Plotter.

    I also remember the trip back from Copenhagen and through the Caledonian Canal. Right in the middle of a heatwave!

    I found this site whilst putting my website, kenstockley.com, through a major refit.

    Oh Happy Days!

    By Anonymous Stokkers, at 5:22 PM  

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