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HMS RINGDOVE - Yard No 264 - Indicator Loop Mine Layer - Royal Navy - Built 1938


 HMS RINGDOVE seen here complete with her comouflage paintwork.  
Owners    Admiralty (MoD)
Registered     Keel Laid    Sept 1937
Type of Ship    Indicator Loop Mine/Layer Launched    16/06/1938
      Commissioned    Jan 1939
Ship Details          
Length Overall    163' 9" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    145' 0" Weather    
Beam    27' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     14' 0"      
G.R.T.    425 tons      
Props    2      
Speed    10.5 Knots      
Other known names   1956-RAHBAR    
Current Status   Broken up in 1964    
Content on HMS RINGDOVE will be added as and when available. 



The photograph of HMS RINGDOVE above is from the website

and shown here by permission.

Ships History

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

American Continent.

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.

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Here we have some photographs of an old matelot from HMS RINGDOVE Doug Fowler who will soon be 92 years young.

You can just make out the name HMS RINGDOVE on the lifebelt above Doug in this picture taken on board HMS RINGDOVE (date unknown)

Doug and some of the crew seen here swabbing the decks (even when there is a war on the Royal Navy has standards to keep.


Doug pictured a couple of years ago with his mate Pete (on the right) who supplies the single malt on his birthday. he also sent the photographs into the website.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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+2 #5 Cliff Webb 2016-08-25 09:20
My father Ronald (Ronnie) Webb served on HMS Ringdove at the end of the war. He had served on HMS Gorleston a convoy escort during the war and at wars end was transferred to HMS Ringdove to clear mines from loch Ewe. Rather a risky job considering the war was over.
0 #4 Eric Croyle 2016-01-05 22:18
My uncle AB Seaman Eric Croyle served on
HMS Ringdove during WWII. He was lost at sea, believed Scapa Flow.
+2 #3 Phil Evans 2015-10-01 16:23
My Grandfather Arthur ('pop') Holland was commander of HMS Ringdove for at least some of her active service during WW2. I've been trying to establish whether she took part in the artic convoys as my mum who is 85 would love to know more about her dad's service as he never spoke about the war.
+1 #2 Peter Ryan 2014-09-21 10:10
My friends father Douglas Fowler served on HMS Ringdove. I have some photos of him aboard the vessel.
+1 #1 Tom Jones 2012-11-16 11:07
My Grandfather Charles Gray served on HMS Ringdove as an officer in WW2...

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