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Name: HMS Bassingham
Namesake: Bassingham
Builder: Vosper & Company
Launched: 24 June 1952
Completed: 1 October 1953
Fate: Sold 1966. Broken up in September-October 1980
General characteristics
Class and type: Ham class minesweeper
Type: Minesweeper
Displacement: 120 long tons (122 t) standard
164 long tons (167 t) full load
Length: 100 ft (30 m) p/p
106 ft 6 in (32.46 m) o/a
Beam: 21 ft 4 in (6.50 m)
Draught: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Paxman 12YHAXM diesels
1,100 bhp (820 kW)
Speed: 14 knots (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Complement: 2 officers, 13 ratings
Armament: 1 × Bofors 40 mm gun or Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
Notes: Pennant number(s): M2605 / IMS05

HMS Bassingham was one of 93 ships of the Ham-class of inshore minesweepers, of which HMS Inglesham (M2601) was the first. Their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ham. The minesweeper was named after Bassingham in Lincolnshire. She was built by Vospers Ltd. of Portsmouth, which later became Vosper-Thorneycroft and was commissioned in October 1953. She displaced 164 tons fully laden and was armed with one 40 mm Bofors gun.

The engines of this class were Paxman Diesels, some of which were built under licence by Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln. The class was designed to operate in the shallow water of rivers and estuaries. She was 32.5 metres long overall by 6.4 metres beam. Jane's and the Bassingham website are not consistent about the building material. Jane's says the Ham class, numbered in the 2601 series was of wood. According to the web site, Bassingham was of composite wood and "non-metallic material" construction but Jane's 1953 says that the composite vessels were numbered in the 2001 series and named after places ending in -ley (Ley-class). It seems likely that policy changed after Jane's 1953-4 was published.


  • Blackman, R.V.B. ed. Jane's Fighting Ships (1953)

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