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Courtesy of Rob

HMS Florizel (J 404)

BAM-26 was built for Great Britain.

BAM-1/Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 January 1943 as BAM-26 by the Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 20 May 1943
  • Completed, transferred to Great Britain and named HMS Florizel (J 404), 14 April 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody in December 1946 and transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 December 1946
  • Sold in 1947 to a Greek merchant and renamed Aida
  • Converted to a cargo ship in 1952
  • Sold in 1959 and renamed Lasithi
  • Scrapped in 1967 at Messina, Italy.


  • Displacement 945 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    HMS Florizel (J 404)
    BAM-26 154k Seattle, WA
    Crew photo
    Back row, fourth from left, Alfred Clark
    Rob Clark
    BAM-26 90k c. 1944
    Hull number and radar blocked out by censor
    BAM-26 126k c. April 1945
    Vlissingen, The Netherlands
    Moored outboard of an unidentified minesweeperPhoto courtesy of Jon Sharpe
    M/V Lasithi
    BAM-26 114k Thessaloniki, Greece Rob Clark

    Commanding Officers
    01T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Martin-Smith, RNR14 April 1944 - 5 September 1944
    02A/Cdr. Michael Anthony Ormus Biddulph, DSC, RN5 September 1944 - December 1946
    Courtesy website and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history currently available for Floriziel (J 404)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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