HMS Plover

SHIPS BADGE

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Plover Rik

PLOVER was built prior to the Second World War, as a coastal minelayer. After the war she was attached to HMS VERNON and later HMS LOCHINVAR, in the Firth of Forth, where she was used as a Support Ship for the TONS, until her replacement, HMS ABDIEL, was completed in 1967. She was broken up just along the Scottish coast, at Inverkeithing, in 1969.

Plover 1 Ted Sneath

Picture Courtesy of Brian Candlin

2 Responses to HMS Plover

  1. I SERVED ON PLOVER SEPT 52 UNTIL AUG 54 MOST OF OUR TRIPS BEING TO THE SCILLIES WHERE WE LAID RESEARCH MINES ON TRIALS FOR VERNON WHICH WERE SWEPT BY EITHER VESUVIOUS OR NIGHTINGALE, BOTH COALBURNERS. AFTER THE LOSS OF H.M.S/M AFFRAY WE HAD CMDR CRABBE AND HIS TEAM OF DIVERS ON BOARD AND CARRIED OUT TRIALS OF UNDERWATER CAMERAS IN ST AUSTELL BAY. CMDR CRABBE LOST HIIS LIFE IN MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES WHILE DIVING UNDER THE RUSSIAN CRUISER ORDZHONIKIDZE IN PORTSMOUTH. IN THE REVIEW OF THE FLEET WE CARRIED MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ROUND PRIOR TO TAKING UP OUR POSITION ON THE FINAL DAY, ONE OF WHOM GAVE EVERY MEMBER OF THE CREW TWO PINTS AND FORTY CIGARETTES WHEN WE VISITED GUERNSEY AFTERWARDS

    • Frank,
      Many thanks for the interesting dit.
      I well remember the visit of the Russian cruiser as I was serving at HMS Dolphin when it visited Portsmouth. I was detailed off as left hand marker of the guard who were paraded on Dolphin’s sea wall to salute the visitors in. I recall it was a cold day & my hand was frozen holding the .303 with its brass plate on the butt.

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