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Career RN Ensign
Name: HMS Birdham
Namesake: Birdham
Builder: Jason Taylor
Launched: 19 September 1955
Completed: 5 March 1957
Fate: Sold 1980
General characteristics
Class and type: Ham class minesweeper
Displacement: 120 tons standard
164 tons full
Length: 106 ft 6 in (32.46 m)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Draught: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Paxman 12YHAXM diesels, 1,100 bhp (820 kW)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 2 officers, 13 ratings
Armament: 1 × 40 mm Bofors / 20 mm Oerlikon gun
Notes: Pennant number(s): M2785 / IMS85

HMS Birdham was one of 93 ships of the Ham-class of inshore minesweepers.

Their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ham. The minesweeper was named after Birdham in West Sussex.


  • Blackman, Raymond V.B., ed. Jane's Fighting Ships 1952–1953. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1953.


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