Certificate no 2742
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Minesweeper
Location Rochford
Vessel type Inshore Minesweeper
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Taylor, Jason, Shoreham
Built in 1957
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
106.50 feet (32.46 m)
Breadth: Beam
22.00 feet (6.71 m)
5.75 feet (1.75 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


HMS BIRDHAM was built as a Ham Class Minesweeper by J Taylor, Shoreham  in 1957. From 1957 to 1964 she was in operational reserve at Rosneath and was then transferred to the Royal Navy Auxilliary Service.

Sold out of service in 1980, she was bought by Sutton & Smith, Great Wakering, Essex, ostensibily for breaking up but she remained there as part of the owners collection.

She was sold on in 1996 and moved to Rochford, Essex where she remains.

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Key dates

  • 1957

    Built by J Taylor, Shoreham

  • 1957/1964

    In operational reserve at Rosneath

  • 1964/1980

    Transferred to the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service

  • 1996

    Sold out of service

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