Halcyon Class Minesweepers

HMS Gossamer

Gossamer Pre War
Gossamer 1939
Gossamer 1940
Gossamer 1941
Gossamer 1942
Gossamer Crew


HMS Gossamer
HMS Gossamer

Summary of History

HMS GOSSAMER (J63) was a minesweeper of the "Halcyon" class authorised in the 1936 naval program. She was built by William Hamilton and Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow, with machinery by Stephen and Sons, Ltd., and was laid down on 2nd November, 1936; launched On 5th October 1937; and completed on 31st March 1938. 

When the War broke out In September 1939, she was serving in the North Atlantic Command at Gibraltar. She left there on 6th February 1942, arriving at Chatham on the 15th, and after degaussing was allocated to the 5th Minesweeping Flotilla, Rosyth Command. 

At the evacuation from Dunkirk GOSSAMER made six trips to and from that port or the beaches, and brought home 3,200 Officers and men. Her Commanding Officer Commander R. C. V. Ross was awarded the D.S.O. 

She was later transferred to the 6th Minesweeping Flotilla, Nore Command, and took part in several minesweeping and escort operations. In 1941 the 6th Flotilla joined successively the Orkneys and Shetlands command and the Western Approaches Command. 

In October GOSSAMER was part of the anti‑submarine escort of the North Russian convey PQ1, arriving at Archangel on the 11th. She was afterwards engaged on minesweeping and anti‑submarine sweeps from that port and in the escort of later convoys. 

On 30th April 1942, GOSSAMER left Murmansk with two other ships of her flotilla to assist the cruiser EDINBURGH which had been torpedoed with Convoy QP11. Next day the EDINBURGH was further attacked by German destroyers and sunk. GOSSAMER rescued 440 survivors. In May she to took part in the escort of Convoy PQ16. 

GOSSAMER remained in North Russia and on 24th June was sunk by a direct bomb hit during an air attack while at anchor in the Kola Inlet. Three officers were killed and 20 ratings missing, twelve were wounded.


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