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HMS Aries (J 284)

AM-327 served the Navies of Great Britain and Greece.

Algerine Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 March 1942 as AM-327 by Toronto Shipbuilding, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Renamed Redfern Construction Company in August 1943
  • Launched 19 September 1942
  • Completed 17 March 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain and named HMS Aries (J 284), 17 July 1943
  • Returned to U.S. custody in August 1946
  • Sold to Greece in 1947 and renamed Armatolos (M 12)
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in February 1948
  • Sunk as a target in 1977.


  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 225'
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 85
  • Armament: One 4" mount, four 40mm mounts, four 20mm mounts, and eight twin 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Admiralty boilers, two 6,000shp verticle triple expansion, reciprocating steam engine, two shafts.
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    AM-327 46k c. 1943
    HMS Aries (J 284) underway
    Robert Hurst

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