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 Sidmouth was a Bangor Class minesweeper, doing great work during World War II dispite the fact that these small ships were very overcroweded, and had pretty poor sea keeping qualities, rolling and pitching worse even than the "Flower Class Corvettes".
Their shallow draft made them unstable and their short hulls tended to bury the bow when operating in a head sea. They were named after coastal towns of the British Isles, with SIDMOUTH being a small port in Devon, England.
"A sister ship of H.M.S. "Stornoway" She saw a great deal of service as leader of a minesweeper flotilla. In August 1942 she was one of the minesweepers which swept the channel ahead of the raiding force which attacked Dieppe. On one occasion she made a record by sweeping a distance of 600 miles in seventy two hours.
Another of her more exiting exploits was the invasion exercises in 1943 when she led her flotilla to within three miles of the French coast without being observed."
HMS SIDMOUTH was sold by the navy 1950. She was sold to the Norwegian Navy although scrapped not long after which was a sad end for such a gallant little ship.
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.