Shore Bases

Chatham

RN Dockyard Chatham, not a Ton base as per Vernon & others but played a significant role in the life of certain ships.

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Cochrane

Cochrane, Rosyth, Opened 1938 - Closed 31st March 1996

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Diligence

Diligence, Hythe, Southampton, Opened 1953, Minesweeping Base, Closed 30th April 1963

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Lochinvar

Lochinvar, South Queensferry, Scotland, Opened 1891, Closed December 1975

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Sheba

Sheba, Aden, Opened 1940, Closed 29th November 1967

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Tamar

Tamar, Hong Kong, Opened 1945, Closed 10th April 1997

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Vernon

Vernon, Portsmouth, Opened 1923, Closed 1st April 1996

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5 Responses to Shore Bases

  1. There is no mention of Malta as a shore base. Msida Creek had minesweeper shore-based facilities, with HMS Ausonia as the parent ship. These facilities moved to HMS St. Angelo in 1964 when Msida was closed. I presume this was closed after Malta got independence in 1964, but was still open when I left in Dec ’64.

    • Hi Oldtiffie,
      Thanks for getting in touch.I think this has been discussed prior to my taking over the website. What I need to do is to get our researcher to have a look at any log books concerning the Ausonia etc. If my memory is correct I believe the argument was that St Angelo was never officially declared a minesweeper shore base. I will look into it after my return from the TCA reunion. If you have any supporting evidence I would be grateful if you could e-mail it to me.

      Best wishes
      Bob

  2. Thanks Bob. If I have anything it will be in boxes down in the basement, but it’s always fun to reopen them! Ausonia was also the submarine depot ship, and Msida Base was never a commissioned shore base. However, it does seem sad that the Malta-based Tons (101st and then the 7th I believe) don’t have their shore support staff recognized, as we looked after six boats, and were stalwarts of the Mediterranean NATO sweepex’s. Anyway, thanks for looking into it and enjoy the reunion. I think I was too short a time attached to Tons to really be a serious member, but I do enjoy the camaraderie that exists on this site and FaceBook, and which I found subsequently in subs as well. Tom Mayfield.

  3. Hi Bob

    Can the Small Craft Refit Group at Chatham be considered to be a base. I did two tours there in the 60’s We refitted several Tons during my time including Thames before she went to London RNR

    Yours Aye

    John

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