HMS Chelsham (M2616)

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Career
Name: HMS Chelsham
Namesake: Chelsham
Builder: Jones Slip
Launched: 9 July 1952
Completed: 15 July 1953
Fate: Sold 1977
General characteristics
Class & type: Ham class minesweeper
Type: Minesweeper
Displacement: 120 long tons (122 t) standard
164 long tons (167 t) full load
Length: 100 ft (30 m) p/p
106 ft 6 in (32.46 m) o/a
Beam: 21 ft 4 in (6.50 m)
Draught: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Paxman 12YHAXM diesels
1,100 bhp (820 kW)
Speed: 14 knots (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Complement: 2 officers, 13 ratings
Armament: 1 × Bofors 40 mm gun or Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
Notes: Pennant number(s): M2616 / IMS16

HMS Chelsham was one of 93 ships of the Ham-class of inshore minesweepers.

Their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ham. The minesweeper was named after Chelsham in Surrey.

References[edit]

  • Blackman, R.V.B. ed. Jane's Fighting Ships (1953)