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HMS Steadfast (J 375)
ex-BAM-31


BAM-31 served the Navies of Great Britain and Turkey

BAM-1/Auk Class Minesweeper/Catherine Class British Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 June 1942 as BAM-31 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 17 January 1943
  • Completed, transferred to Great Britain and named HMS Steadfast (J 375), 29 September 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 December 1946
  • Returned to U.S. custody 24 December 1946 and transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Sold to Turkey and renamed TCG Eregli in 1947
  • Struck from the Turkish Navy list in 1973
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 3"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    BAM-31 30k c. December 1943 .
    BAM-31 70k Original photo: c. 1944
    Ministry of Defence photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Replacement photo: Royal Navy photo FL 9486 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums
    Original photo: Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history currently available for BAM-31
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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