HMS Fort/Forth?

Stevo
26th April 2007, 18:07
I am writing to find out the identity of a warship that was based in Malta during the 1950s/early 60s that my mother recalls from her child hood. She describes the ship as a rather tall RN ship based out of Msida Creek that locals called the Fort. Mum remembers when the ship left harbor her horn could be heard all over the island.

From my own research I can only presume this ship to be the depot ship HMS Forth, however Can any one perhaps confirm or deny this?

Regards

Steve

Pusser509
26th April 2007, 19:25
HMS Forth was based in Malta in the fifties and left finally in 1960. Wikipedia indicates that when in Malta she was moored on the east side of Msida Creek. Based on that, she is very likely the ship you are looking for.

Cheers

Don K.

yorky jim
26th April 2007, 19:38
Hereis a pic of H.M.S FORTH at malta.

Peter4447
26th April 2007, 20:01
By the end of 1961 she had moved to Devonport and was with the 2nd Submarine Squadron (in those days all A and T Class boats). I joined her in 61and she was replaced to go into refit at Chatham by HMS Adamant. In the 50's I think the 'Big A' HMS Ausonia was also based at Malta.

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yorky jim
27th April 2007, 18:29
Peter when i was at singapore the first time [date 1966] she was out there with subs along side her ,which squadron they were ,my memory fades.

Peter4447
27th April 2007, 19:18
Peter when i was at singapore the first time [date 1966] she was out there with subs along side her ,which squadron they were ,my memory fades.

Hi Yorky Jim

She went to Chatham for refit to handle Nuclear subs in '62, so she must have gone to Singapore after conversion - in fact you put a photo in the Gallery of her and I commented on the change in her appearance. Her sister 'Maidstone' finished her days in Belfast in the 70's as a Prison Ship - saw her over there in that role in '74.

When serving in the 'Forth' I was given a tour of the engine room - you could have eaten a meal off the deck plates, mind you we didnt go to sea much so they had to keep the gentleman stokers occupied somehow!(Jester)

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Jock3
27th April 2007, 19:51
HMS Forth launched 30-8-1937, commissioned 14-5-39. Refitted in the 60's to support SSN's.
Renamed HMS Defiance in 1972, finally met her end just 2 years short of 50 years in the water in 1985

Peter4447
27th April 2007, 21:16
HMS Forth launched 30-8-1937, commissioned 14-5-39. Refitted in the 60's to support SSN's.
Renamed HMS Defiance in 1972, finally met her end just 2 years short of 50 years in the water in 1985

When the MOT came in for cars back in the early 60's, she was as I mentioned earlier in Plymouth. The MOT sign was a light blue square with three white triangles and she carried a large version of this sign (probably unofficially) on each side of the forward funnel.

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