H.M.S. GRAFTON F51- Portland Dorset, Jan and Feb 1958.
Type 14 Anti Submarine Frigate, 2nd TS Portland Dorset Feb 1958. Loaned from HMS
Dryad for about 4 Months with other Basic Radar Junior Seamen awaiting Course. These were very basic ships and we slept in hammocks, mine was slung in a passageway above a hatch, very noisy
alongside at Portland, Dorset. Photo by me, Rob Jerrard 1958.
All the other photos are of Grafton, or crew and taken in or from Grafton in Feb 1958. HMS Hardy F54 and HMS Loch Inch F433 ans HMS Malcombe appear in the photos.
The Photos of H.M.S. F54 Hardy
I took (BELOW), off Portland in Force7/8 Gale. We were returning from Dartmouth.
I think I took
the photos of Hardy along with several others on the way back from Dartmouth.
If you know different please contact me, copies have turned up in Australia in
possession of a shipmate of the time.
Type 14 frigates.
They were designed as a "second rate utility" complement to
the type 12 class with the ASW capability of the Type 12 in a far cheaper
platform. They had virtually no AA or anti surface capability and no role
outside of a major war at a time when the RN was engaged in several colonial
wars and the line was cut far short of the intended 3 type 14 /1 type 12 ratio.
Some ships were brought out of reserve in the 1970's for Fishery Protection.
Description Type 14 ASW frigate.
Propulsion Steam Turbine 15000shp 1 shaft speed 27kts, Displacement
1180tons Standard 1535 tons deep, dimensions 94.5m x 10.7m x 4.7m, sensors Type
974 Navigation Radar Type 291 Air Warning Radar Type 174 search sonar type 162
bottom profiling sonar type 170 Attack sonar, armament 4 21" ASW TT (in
some only later removed) 2 Mk10 limbo ASW mortars 3 Mk9 40mm AA (1 later
Ship (year of commissioning in brackets)
F78 Blackwood (1957)
F80 Duncan (1958)
F48 Dundas (1956)
F84 Exmouth (1957)
F51 Grafton (1957)
F54 Hardy (1957)
F85 Keppel (1956)
F88 Malcolm (1957)
F91 Murray (1956)
(Photo supplied by John Rowe who said, I stood by the Murray at Stephens
in Glasgow before she was handed over to the Navy, then commissioned her and
served on her until Oct 1957. I cannot remember who had the pennant number F433
(if I ever knew) but I remember the Leeds Castle was at Portland when we
arrived there. Other ships that were based there at that time were the
Grenville (Captain D?) Undaunted and Brocklesby.
F94 Palliser (1957)
F62 Pellew (1956)
F94 Russel (1957)
2nd TS as I
H.M.S. Malcolm F88
H.M.S. Dundas F48
H.M.S. Murray F91
You asked for information about 2nd TS Portland
1958. The Captain (D) was F197 HMS Grenville, a converted 'U' class destroyer,
and you only have to log in on Google for masses of information on her. I
served on board her from December 1956 to July 1958 as a National Service OS
and AB and remember all the Type 14s well, having seen them at sea, taking
trainee asdic operators from Osprey out to ping on the 'S' class boats. In
rough weather it was possible to see the keel from bow down to midships as they
lurched about. We thought Grenville with her high superstructure was bad, but
am I glad I wasn't on a Type 14. F433 was a Loch Class frigate, HMS Loch Insh
and some of them were still in commission in 1956-58, although I can't remember
seeing her at Portland. I have a good photograph of the Grenville, if you want
it. Jim Bolton C/J966057.
members of F2 (FOST) Squadron were HMS Verulam (F29) trials vessel for the
sonar to be fitted to (HMS Dreadnought) HMS Brocklesby was indeed part of the
squadron as was I HMS Teazer. Regards Ken Stephenson
During this period
we were taken to sea for the day in one of HM Submarines which was part of the
2nd TS. It was a wonderful experience which I shall never forget. We dived to
100 feet and water came in the forward hatch. We were later boarded by a party
from my ship as an exercise. I think it was an "S" boat, very old
that had survived the War. What was its name?? I though "Solent" but
am not sure.
Any more Photos of
HMS Solent Please?
Any Photos of
Blackwood Type 14 welcome.
The Following 5
are of the 1st Commission and were sent by email@example.com (Cyril Jones), (National Service) he
said "photo 1 is the first church service aboard, and the blessing of the
ship, just before we left Sam Whites dockyard for hand over and sea trials. We
still had some of the dockyard maties aboard for about 3 days doing the ' final
tweaking ' in the back ground is the East .. West Cowes ferry
photo 2 this would
have been some time in 1957, we had been as sea with the subs and the
helicopters doing the business, then returned to Portland, I think we were
going along side Q pier ( the one with the dog leg bend in it ) when just
passing astern of a moored Indian or Pakistani auxiliary vessel when the
officer of the watch lost it, and we kissed the stern, sustaining the damage
seen here. in the picture is the Engineering Officer, I do not recall the rating.
Some felt after this the ship should have been renumbered ' 57 ' after a bean
The other three
are of just wild times at sea
Interesting pics on your site of the Hardy, taken in 58. I commisioned the Hardy at Yarrow and was on her first "cruise" in the Irish Sea from Derry in NI. The commission only lasted a short while before there was almost a mutiny on board and virtually all the ship's company put in a draft chit....In her sea trials she virtually laid on her side when the command "Left hand down Mr Philips" was given at her maximum speed. That was scarry. I was a Telegraphist then and was in the bow mess deck port side when she suddenly heeled over and plates and crockery just poured out of the racks and the scuppers went under water amidships. Ah well back to the shipyard........
I am 75 now
David L Smithdale C/SSX889588
The End of Hardy
F54 down in 75 in the Western Approached with an Exocet missile.
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