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ex-HMS J-810

BYMS-1 was built for Great Britain

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 July 1941 as BYMS-1 by the American Car and Foundry Co., Wilmington, DE
  • Launched 17 March 1942
  • Completed 30 May 1942, transferred to Great Britain and reclassified HMS J-801
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2001
  • Returned to U.S. custody 10 December 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in June 1948
  • Acquired in 1949 by the Radcliffe Channel Islands Shipping Co., Ltd. and named Radcliffe
  • Renamed Regency Belle in July 1950
  • Acquired 18 January 1951 by S. R. Crowe
  • Acquired 2 May 1955 by Torbay Cruising Co., Ltd.
  • Acquired 28 April 1964 by Marine Salvage and Survey Service, Ltd. and renamed Regency
  • Acquired 6 January 1966 by Overseas and General Brokerage and Finance Co., Ltd.
  • Sank 19 September 1967 off Wolf Rock, 8 nautical miles off Lands End, Cornwall, England after being gutted by a fire which broke out in the engine room


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    HMS BYMS-2001
    BYMS-1 230k c. 1945
    Langelinie, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Moored inboard of an unidentified BYMS
    Photo from the collection of crewmember Engineman Gordon Hunter
    Ian Hunter
    Regency Belle
    BYMS-1 100k . David Moxley

    There is no DANFS history available for BYMS-1
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    Association of Minemen
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