british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Cloughton Wyke ? [+1942]
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
subtype/class Mersey class trawler
Mersey class trawler Thomas Cornwall HMT [+1918]
propulsion steam
date built 1918
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 324  grt
dimensions 42.3 x 7.2 x 3.9 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by C. D. Holmes, Hull, one single boiler, single screw
armament one x 12 Pdr AA gun
power 69  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 839
IMO/Off. no. 143856
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 02/02/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 663
about people
builder
Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
engine by
Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Cloughton Wyke ? [+1942]
period 1940 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 143856
prev. owners
[2]Dinas Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Fleetwood
FV Cloughton Wyke (FD46)
period 1929 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 143856
[3]West Dock Steamship Co., Hull
FV Cloughton Wyke (FD 46)
period 1922 ~ 1929
[4]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT John Johnson
period 1918 ~ 1922
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 21 max. / 20.1 min. (m)
orientation
protected no
war grave no
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 23/07/2012
 
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Racey Carl02/02/2010Albert Archer (Seaman Steward) remembers his experiences with minesweeper HMS CLOUGHTON WYKE.

There were several ships in our flotilla, and after forming up and getting the gear out, we headed north. At about Cromer, we developed a fault, and so had to break ranks and were stationary to carry out repairs. About 9.0 am, we heard a plane circling above the clouds, but did not think too much about it, assuming it to be British. After about five minutes, with a sudden roar, the four engined plane, we later found to be a Focke Wulf Condor, came through the clouds, which were so low the plane seemed on top of us. We could see the tracer shells from its guns hitting the ship broadside, at which stage I ran to the port side, and crouched under the Orapesa float. As it passed over, I saw four bombs dropping, but they exploded clear of us. After going back up above the clouds, and circling again., on its second run, from the same position, dropped another four, and these straddled the boat, one exploding beneath the keel, breaking its back, the stern sinking immediately. My station was in the small boat, which we lowered, and started to jump into it, but the young fellow missed the boat, falling between, and was crushed, We pulled him on board unconscious, then our problem began. We were tied to the fore part of the ship, which was now sinking fast, but there was no one to release us. In panic, we searched our pockets for our knives, and none of us had theirs, and we were faced with the prospect of being pulled down with the boat. Then someone had the bright idea to go through the young lads pockets, and there was his knife. It went through the painter like butter. We pulled away in a very un-seamanlike manner, and it was then I could see three of my shipmates, in heavy winter clothing, struggling to keep afloat in the water, and being carried away on the tide. Two of the other sweepers picked us up, and on the way back to Yarmouth, radio messages between them confirmed four had lost their lives, and some others were injured.
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Racey Carl14/02/2011The CLOUGHTON WYKE was sunk by being bombed by German aircraft in the Humber estuary. The following quote indicates the severity of the attacks at that time:

“That February was indeed the Luftwaffe’s swansong over the shipping routes, for it carried out more attacks in Nore Command waters that month (fifty) than since the previous May. All but one were in the Humber and Yarmouth Sub-Commands. The 2nd and the 5th were the worst days. On the former the Grimsby and Yarmouth M/S and patrol trawlers were attacked on station by at least twenty planes, and Grimsby’s CAPE SPARTEL and Yarmouth’s CLOUGHTON WYKE were sunk. On the latter a convoy as well as scattered warships were targets. The Harwich A/S trawler KINGSTON OLIVINE was strafed near 54G Buoy, without damage or casualties”

Quote from Battle of the East Coast by J P Foynes.
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Racey Carl02/02/2010Built as the JOHN JONHSON for the Royal Navy; Yard No 839; Date of completion: 19/04/1918; 11 knots; In 1922 vessel renamed CLOUGHTON WYKE for West Dock Fishing Co.; Requisitioned by the Royal Navy in May 1940 and converted into a mine-sweeper; Fitted with 1 x 12 pounder deck gun; Vessel was sunk by being bombed by German aircraft in the Humber estuary.

Reported positions of loss: Off the Humber Estuary; Lost to air attack off the Humber in position 7m NE x N of Cromer.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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 Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
Cochrane and Sons was owned by Andrew Cochrane who originally founded a shipyard in 1884 at Beverley, but then moved in 1898, 50 miles away from the sea by river to Selby in Yorkshire, England. Cochrane and Sons built their reputation for building trawlers and coasters for the Hull and Grimsby fishing fleets. - - - In 1965 control of the yard passed from the Cochrane family to Ross Group Ltd who then sold on to the Drypool Group Ltd in 1969. In 1976, the Selby yard was bought up by United Towing Co. Ltd of Hull. The company’s name was changed to Cochrane Shipbuilders in 1977 and built an average of four ships per year for the next 15 years, mainly tugs, trawlers, oil rig supply vessels, ferries dry-cargo coasters and coastal tankers.

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Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
In 1869 Charles D. Holmes was founded in Hull as marine engineering company.

In 1959 the company was privatized.

During the 1960's the company built tugs for the Humber fleet, as well as companies from further. The company were general marine engineers, boiler makers, welders, metal sprayers, and makers of marine diesel engines with 400 employees. In 1963 purchased the yard of Cook, Welton & Gemmel.

During the 1970s the yard made more tugs for the Navy, BP and the Iranian Government. The yard was acquired by the Drypool Group in 1975 and after building one further ship, went into liquidation again.

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Racey Carl02/02/2010Albert Archer (Seaman Steward) remembers his experiences with minesweeper HMS CLOUGHTON WYKE.

There were several ships in our flotilla, and after forming up and getting the gear out, we headed north. At about Cromer, we developed a fault, and so had to break ranks and were stationary to carry out repairs. About 9.0 am, we heard a plane circling above the clouds, but did not think too much about it, assuming it to be British. After about five minutes, with a sudden roar, the four engined plane, we later found to be a Focke Wulf Condor, came through the clouds, which were so low the plane seemed on top of us. We could see the tracer shells from its guns hitting the ship broadside, at which stage I ran to the port side, and crouched under the Orapesa float. As it passed over, I saw four bombs dropping, but they exploded clear of us. After going back up above the clouds, and circling again., on its second run, from the same position, dropped another four, and these straddled the boat, one exploding beneath the keel, breaking its back, the stern sinking immediately. My station was in the small boat, which we lowered, and started to jump into it, but the young fellow missed the boat, falling between, and was crushed, We pulled him on board unconscious, then our problem began. We were tied to the fore part of the ship, which was now sinking fast, but there was no one to release us. In panic, we searched our pockets for our knives, and none of us had theirs, and we were faced with the prospect of being pulled down with the boat. Then someone had the bright idea to go through the young lads pockets, and there was his knife. It went through the painter like butter. We pulled away in a very un-seamanlike manner, and it was then I could see three of my shipmates, in heavy winter clothing, struggling to keep afloat in the water, and being carried away on the tide. Two of the other sweepers picked us up, and on the way back to Yarmouth, radio messages between them confirmed four had lost their lives, and some others were injured.


Thoughts that go through ones mind while under attack are very varied. Typical was the fellow in the wheelhouse, who watched his cup disintegrate, confessed his main worry was how soon he would get it replaced. I have since found the names of some of those lost on war memorials, and a thought has remained with me ever since. Had the Court Martial taken place instead of a change of skipper, had the young chap been one of those drowned, or if he had not had his well honed knife with him, I, and several others, may now have been names on memorials. I would like to know what happened to him, and if he got his knife back. I hope so.
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[2]  harry-tates.org.uk..
 
 
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