HMT Firefly

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMT Firefly
Builder: Cook, Welton & Gemmill, Beverley
Yard number: 552
Launched: 23 August 1930
Completed: 23 September 1930
Acquired: September 1939
Renamed: St Just in 1946
Fate: Scrapped by 1 March 1961
General characteristics
Displacement: 394 tons
Length: 44.2 m pp
Beam: 7.5 m
Notes: Pennant number FY673

HMT Firefly was a minesweeping trawler that saw service during the Second World War.

She was built by Cook, Welton & Gemmill, of Beverley and launched on 23 August 1930. She was operated by the St Andrew's Steam Fishing Company Ltd, out of Hull.

Service[edit]

The Admiralty requisitioned on the outbreak of war and commissioned her in September 1939. In early 1940 she endeavored to defuse a floating horned mine in the Firth of Forth. The mine unfortunately prematurely detonated and killed and wounded almost 90 per cent of the ship's company.

Fate[edit]

The Admiralty returned to her original owners in January 1945. She was renamed St Just in 1946 and had been scrapped at Passage West, Ireland by 1 March 1961.

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