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HMS Neasham (M2712)

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Name  HMS Neasham
Completed  15 November 1957
Launched  14 March 1956
Draft  1.75 m
Namesake  Neasham
Name  HMAS Porpoise
Length  32 m
Builder  J. Samuel White
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Fate  Transferred to Australia 1968
Notes  Pennant number(s) M2712 / IMS49

HMS Neasham (M2712/IMS49) was a Ham-class minesweeper for the Royal Navy. The names of the Ham-class vessels were all chosen from villages ending in -ham. HMS Neasham was named after Neasham in County Durham.

Despite being completed on 15 November 1957, Neasham was held in operational reserve in a land cradle at Rosneath on the Clyde until 1967. She was then transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, arriving in Sydney as deck cargo on the merchant ship Gladstone Star on 29 July 1968.

After a period at the RAN base at Garden Island, New South Wales, Neasham was converted into a diving tender and renamed HMAS Porpoise (DTV 1002/Y.280) on 13 June 1973. Porpoise was sold in 1989 to property developer Keith Williams, owner of Sea World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She was later converted into a luxury motor yacht and renamed Achilles III.

References

HMS Neasham (M2712) Wikipedia


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