Byms-14

Jim Barrett
3rd July 2009, 23:44
My grandfather was signalman on BYMS-14, and I am attempting to find out some of its history, and also obtain plans with a view to building a model. I was directed to this site by a Google search with the intrieging text "The master and three crew members were lost while 68 crew members and 11 gunners were picked up by the British minesweepers HMS Byms-11, HMS Byms-14, ...", which sounds like a very interesting and personal story. Unfortunately, having come to the site, I am unable to find any references, or indeed where the text came from. Can anyone help, and does anyone know anything of this ships duties. I have photos of the vessel and some of the crew.

Cheers,

Jim

ROBERT HENDERSON
4th July 2009, 00:01
Welcome to this great site Jim.

There was a flotilla of BYMS stationed at Harwich during the war, they were minesweepers. I am not sure of the numbers now.

Regards Robert

billyboy
4th July 2009, 02:02
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

non descript
4th July 2009, 02:22
Jim, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community and thank you for your first posting; do enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings. Bon Voyage. (Thumb)

bert thompson
4th July 2009, 07:31
Welcome to this great site. Hope someone can help with your query
Best wishes
Bert.

K urgess
4th July 2009, 12:30
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Jim.
The Google link you refer to appears to be a reference to the gallery and the search is no longer valid. It may be that the picture has been lost for some reason.
I'm sure our resident warship expert will be able to help when he sees this.
Meanwhile find your way around our ship and have a good voyage.

E.Martin
4th July 2009, 13:24
My grandfather was signalman on BYMS-14, and I am attempting to find out some of its history, and also obtain plans with a view to building a model. I was directed to this site by a Google search with the intrieging text "The master and three crew members were lost while 68 crew members and 11 gunners were picked up by the British minesweepers HMS Byms-11, HMS Byms-14, ...", which sounds like a very interesting and personal story. Unfortunately, having come to the site, I am unable to find any references, or indeed where the text came from. Can anyone help, and does anyone know anything of this ships duties. I have photos of the vessel and some of the crew.

Cheers,

Jim

Try Royal Naval Patrol Service, a Museum is dedicated to crews of WW2 Minesweepers at Sparrows Nest,Lowestoft.
You ask about a Minesweepers duties, their job was to sweep mines ahead of convoys in the North Sea and Channel, sweep mines from Estuarys and harbour entrances, in fact they swept mines any where the enemy might have laid them, many of their own ships sunk in the process.
At the start of WW2 most of the sweepers were converted trawlers as the war progressed Moter Mine Sweepers were built as were BYMS they were modern and could handle the Magnetic and Acoustic mines better better.
I think British Yard Mine Sweepers "BYMS" were built in America but designed by the UK, before any seaborne landings the sweepers went in first to clear the mines.
Others in the Patrol Service on Trawlers and Whalers did stirling work on Convoy Escort Duty, just recently i was talking to a old salt 89 who was serving on a Whale Catcher which was escorting one of the early PQ convoys, a gale was blowing he was turned in, he woke up when the ship rolled on to her beam ends, he managed to get on deck as the ship completely Turned Turtle,was picked up and survived, i think the only one, i asked how come she rolled over like that, he put it down to Black Ice.
The Little ships served all over the world in WW2 lots of ships sunk and lots of lives lost, i dont think they got the recognition they deserved, recently i saw them refered to as "The Forgotten Fleet". Very Apt.

benjidog
4th July 2009, 15:04
Welcome from Lancashire - I hope you will enjoy the site.

R58484956
4th July 2009, 18:18
Greetings Jim and a warm welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

gdynia
5th July 2009, 21:34
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

Jim Barrett
5th July 2009, 22:19
Thank you to everyone who has placed a reply. It's nice to be welcome and to receive helpful advice. Thanks to the webmaster I have now found what I was originally looking for, by searching the gallery (I'm not very good, but I'm learning!). However, any further information will be gratefully received. I look forward to exploring the site further.