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HMS Belton (M1199)

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Name  HMS Belton
Fate  Scrapped
Draught  8.2 ft
Length  47 m
Beam  8.81 m
Identification  Pennant number M1199
Class and type  Ton-class minesweeper
Launched  3 October 1955
Displacement  399,200 kg
Builder  Grimsby
Propulsion  2 x Paxman Deltic 18A-7A diesel engines @ 3,000 bhp (2,200 kW)

HMS Belton Ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy, launched on 3 October 1955 at Doigs Shipyard, Grimsby.

Belton joined the Fishery Protection Squadron in 1958, and remained part of the Squadron in 1962. Belton ran aground in Loch Maddy, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides on 23 October 1971. She was eventually refloated and taken to Greenock in Scotland but was found to be beyond economical repair. Although she never put to sea under her own power again, it was not until 25 November 1974 that she was sold for disposal.

One of her sister ships, HMS Bronington, has been preserved and is berthed at Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, as part of the former Warship Preservation Trust. Bronington has now sunk at her moorings.

References

HMS Belton (M1199) Wikipedia


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