Hunt Class Minesweeper (1916)

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Twenty Hunt class minesweepers were ordered for the Royal Navy in 1917 to a design drawn up by Ailsa Shipbuilding Company. A larger order for a modified Admiralty design was placed the following year.

They were to be the first true fleet minesweepers.

They were twin screw vessels, in response to fears that paddle-sweepers might ensnare moored mines in their paddle wheels.



1916 Order, Ailsa Design

These ships generally conformed to two armament patterns, one being twice the power of the second.[1]

Some mounted:

  • two 12-pdr
  • two 6-pdr

Others had:

  • one 12-pdr
  • one 6-pdr

1917 Order, Admiralty Design

  • one 4-in Q.F. gun
  • one 12-pdr H.A. gun


Upon completion, most of these joined the Second and Third Minesweeping Flotillas operating out of Granton.[2]

By 1928, many of the remaining units were the Central Reserve of Minesweepers at Sheerness. Recognized as obsolete, they were being added to lists for sale in groups of nine or ten at a time.[3] Even so, thirty-three of the vessels were still in service into the 1930s, with twenty-six seeing service in World War II.

See Also


  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 98.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 98.
  3. "Obsolete Minesweepers." The Times (London, England), Friday, February 3, 1928, Issue 44807, p.7.


  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on and
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2008). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The Navy of World War II, 1922-1947. New York: Routledge.

Hunt Class Minesweeper
Ailsa Design
Belvoir Bicester Blackmorevale Cotswold Cottesmore
Cattistock Croome Dartmoor Garth Hambledon
Heythrop Holderness Meynell Muskerry Oakley
Pytchley Quorn Southdown Tedworth Zetland
Admiralty Design
Aberdare Abingdon Albury Alresford Beaufort
Collinson Appledore Leamington Badminton Bagshot
Barnstaple Swindon Banchory Bloxham Bradfield
Burslem Goole Blackburn Bootle Caerleon
Camberley Carstairs Caterham Battle Fermoy
Forfar Bury Cheam Gretna Harrow
Havant Huntley Instow Gaddesden Gainsborough
Northolt Clonmel Elgin Sherborne Tiverton
Tonbridge Tralee Tring Truro Uppingham
Verwood Wem Wexford Craigie Derby
Dorking Dundalk Dunoon Fairfield Forres
Cupar Sutton Fareham Faversham Ford
Rugby Irvine Kendal Kinross Lydd
Longford Marlow Mistley Monaghan Mallaig
Malvern Marazion Munlochy Nailsea Newark
Repton Weybourne Pangbourne Penarth Petersfield
Pinner Pontypool Prestatyn Radley Ross
Salford Saltash Saltburn Selkirk Shrewsbury
Sligo Widnes Yeovil Stafford Stoke
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