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ALMANDINE H415
Built
1932
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
163097
Length Ft
129.0
Tons Gross
295
Yard Number
572
Breadth Ft
24.0
Tons Net
135
Launched
05 04 1932
   
Hp
89 HP
Registered
12 05 1932
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
11 K
Registered ALMANDINE H415 Owners 1932 - 1948 Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd Hull
  H.M.T ALMANDINE Owners 1939 - 1946
  ALMANDINE H415 Owners 30 09 1948 Milford Fishing Ltd - Milford Haven
    Owners 1963 The Hammond Lane Metal Co Ltd Pearse Street Dublin
    Owners 1963 The West of Scotland  Shipbreaking Co Ltd
Fate : Scrapped Toon 01 Oct 1963
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
30 08 1939
FY645
Minesweeper
1946
1940 40th M/S Gp Grimsby
 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
TEBB CYRIL 27 HMT ALMANDINE . Seaman 20 Oct 1942 Son of Fred and Fanny Tebb, of Newark
BRUCE PETER . HMT ALMANDINE . Engineman 06 Nov 1940 Husband of Jessie Bruce, of Fraserburgh
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LYONS NORMAN . HMT ALMANDINE . Seaman 1943 .
SWEENY . . HMT ALMANDINE . Seaman 1943 .
WINDLEY WILLIAM . HMT ALMANDINE Cook 1943 Grimsby
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Friday, 4th July 1941 : The fishing trawler Akranes, originally registered at grimsby, and owned by Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, was hired by the admiralty as a mine sweeper from August 1939, which foundered following attack by german aircraft. After being taken into Royal Navy service, she was made command vessel of a group of three mine sweeping trawlers, under the command of Lt Harvey RNR. The trawlers were employed in sweeping the channel between Flamborough Head and Sheringham. This trawler was at anchor off Danes Dyke, south of Flamborough Head at night, with the trawlers Sandringham and Almandine, following the days mine sweeping work. The Almandine was guard ship for the night, shortly after midnight a German aircraft approached very low, the gunners assumed it to be an allied plane returning from a raid, they soon discovered otherwise. The plane dropped two bombs, neither of which exploded, but cannon fire ripped through Akranes deck and caused her to sink, leaving her wheelhouse and forecastle awash. The crew escaped in their own lifeboat.

05 Jan 1943 the Almandine returning to the Humber in company with 3 other trawlers from the Grimsby M/S Group was battling a force 9 gale with snow squalls when she ran aground on a sand bank close to the Humber. After been battered by heavy seas the Spurn Lifeboat approached the vessel on almost 13 occasions, taking 19 men off the vessel with great risk to her own safety, as she was battered against the vessel, after taking the 19 men and dropping them on the beach at Spurn she returned to the Almandine to find she had refloated and had been carried up river by the tide, a tug which had been standing by had took the remaining three crewmen off the vessel and had taken it in tow to grimsby. The Almandine was refitted and repaired and later returned to the Grimsby M/S Group.

R.N.L.I. awarded the Coxswain of the Humber Lifeboat the institutes ‘Gold Medal’ for Gallantry. A ‘Silver Medal’ was awarded to the Motor Man and Five ‘Bronze Medals’ were awarded to the other members of the crew for their role in the rescue of the Almandine crew..

10 July 1945 H.M. T Almandine picked up 11 survivors from H.M. T Kurd which had been sunk off Lizard point Cornwall, the survivors were landed at Falmouth