HMS Ledsham (M2706)

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History
Name: HMS Ledsham
Builder: J. Bolson, Poole
Launched: 30 June 1954
Completed: 22 March 1955
Fate: Sold April 1971 and renamed Nipatina. After being moored at Deptford Creek, London since 2007 the ship caught fire in January 2017.
General characteristics
Class and type: Ham class minesweeper
Displacement:
  • 120 tons standard
  • 164 tons full
Length: 106 ft 6 in (32.46 m)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Draught: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Paxman 12YHAXM diesels, 1,100 bhp (820 kW)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 2 officers, 13 ratings
Armament: 1 × 40 mm Bofors / 20 mm Oerlikon gun
Notes: Pennant number(s): M2706 / IMS43

HMS Ledsham 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 Ledsham, Cheshire or Ledsham, West Yorkshire.

HMS Ledsham is now moored in Deptford Creek, London where it is the centre of the Minesweeper Collective, an artist's cooperative. The boat houses a printing studio, and is a venue for art and music events. After many years moored in Deptford Creek on the night of the 5th January 2017 an explosion near the former minesweeper led to the boat catching fire whilst London Fire Brigade deployed a dozen Engines to the scene of the Fire[1] http://forces.tv/19627756 .

References[edit]

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