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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY A B SHIPS

18)BANFF (CORVETTE)



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Completed 1930


Displacement 1,732 tons


Length 250 ft


Beam 42 ft


Draught: 16 ft


Propulsion: Turbo/electric engines - 2 shafts


Speed: 16 knots


Complement: 200


Armament: Re-armed in British service with: 1 x 4in, 1 x 12pdr, 2 x 2pdr, 4 x 20mm guns plus 100 depth charges


H.M.S. BANFF was turned over to the British at New York in April 1941, Career: to UK in May 1941; refitted in London Docks with British equipment. August 1941 entered service, being based at Londonderry with the Sloop Division;November 1941 -  transferred to the 44th Escort Group, still at Londonderry Escorted convoys from 'Derry to Sierra Leone and return between Aug. 1941 and Sep'1942.


June 2nd  1942.  Part of escort for outward Convoy OS30 to Freetown with HM Cutter FISHGUARD.

6th  Sustained slight damage in collision with SACKVILLE (RCN) during passage.


July  Returned with HM Cutter FISHGUARD as escort for inward Convoy SL114.

August 1st  Part of escort for outward Convoy OS36 to Freetown with HMS FISHGUARD.

September 14th  Returned with inward Convoy SL120.

30th Part of escort for outward Convoy OS42 to Freetown with HM Cutter FISHGUARD.


April 12th  1943. On completion rejoined Western Approaches Command.  Resumed escort of convoys to Freetown..

May  6th   Part of escort for outward convoy ON182

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Fate: January 1946 ship returned to U.S. control and re-commissioned in the US Coastguard as Saranac


During her service in the south Atlantic HMS Banff On 18 August, HMS Banff rescued  11 men in the boat of the first mate of Norwegian Merchant Mirlo sunk by U-130 on 11/Aug/42 in pos 06º 04’N 26º 53’W. HMS Banff (Y 43) landed in Freetown the next day.


 

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