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Cruiser - Minelayers built for the Royal Navy, included HMS Adventure and the Abdiel Class. HMS Abdiel, HMS Apollo, HMS Ariadne, HMS Latona, HMS Manxman and HMS Welshman, used for Mine laying and also ammunition carriers to re supply Malta.

View Net Laying Ships  History of HMS Adventure

Name Launched Fate
HMS Adventure 18th June 1924 Saw service in the war and was mined twice before being converted to a repair ship in 1944. Broken up in 1947.
Abdiel Class    
HMS Abdiel 23rd March 1940 Sunk on 10th September 1943 by a ground mine.
HMS Apollo 5th April 1943 Broken up for scrap in 1962.
HMS Ariadne 16th February 1943 Broken up for scrap in 1965.
HMS Latona 20th August 1940 Scuttled after sever fire damage and explosions on 25th October 1941.
HMS Manxman 5th September 1940 Severely damaged by a torpedo and repairs took 2 years. Broken up for scrap in 1971.
HMS Welshman 4th September 1940 Torpedoed by U617 and sank on 1st February 1943.
 

HMS Abdiel, July 1943.

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HMS Apollo, laid up, August 1950.

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HMS Apollo, June 1953.

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HMS Apollo, March 1957.

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HMS Apollo, March 1957.

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HMS Apollo pictured c.1935 before she was transferred to the Australian Navy and became HMAS Hobart.

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HMS Apollo, at the breakers, April 1963.

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HMS Ariadne, July 1946.

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HMS Latona, 1941.

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HMS Manxman, July 1946.

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HMS Manxman, June 1953.

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HMS Manxman pictured at Malta Harbour sometime in the 1940s 

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HMS Welshman, 1941.

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HMS Welshman, 1941.

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HMS Welshman. built by hawthorn Leslie and launched 4th September 1940 and completed 25th August 1941. Served in the Home Fleet 1941 - 1942 and then the Mediterranean fleet 1943.  Torpedoed and sunk by U-617 on the 1st February 1943.
 

HMS Plover pictured in September 1937

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HMS Plover, January 1938.

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HMS Plover, December 1946.

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HMS Plover, October 1949.

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HMS Plover, October 1949.

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HMS Plover, October 1954.

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HMS Plover, May 1965.

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Miner III, June 1951.

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Miner III, October 1964.

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Miner IV, June 1951.

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HMS Britannic (ex Miner V), October 1970.

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Miner VI, April 1949.

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Miner VIII, April 1946.

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Miner VIII, September 1955.

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