Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
HMS RINGDOVE was the second of such vessels ordered by the Admiralty . The first being HMS REDSTART which had launched in the month before HMS RINGDOVE
With one eye on the possibility of war looming and due to
the secretive nature of the ships work during the conflict it has been
difficult to get much information on her movements during the Second World War.
Once hostilities ceased in 1945 she was still employed by
the Royal Navy and indeed she worked with the Atlantic Cable companies working
on the repair and maintenance of this very important telephone cable laying on
the seabed of the North Atlantic which was and still is crucial to links between the U.K. and the North
She was considered surplus to requirement in 1951 and she
was sold to a trawler company and in turn converted to use as a Pilot Ship,
then sold on again in 1956 to the Pakistani Government who used her up until
1964 when she was broken up for scrap.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.