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 STORNOWAY was a Bangor Class minesweeper, her pennant number being J-31, 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 STORNOWAY being main town on the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides.
She was a sister ship of HMS SIDMOUTH also built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
HMS STORNOWAY became one of the famous 13th Minesweeping Flotilla and steamed over 60,000 miles and swept up over 2,000 mines; did duty off the Irish coast, English Channel, and attended at Dieppe raid, and survived countless air and E-boat attacks; transferred operations to North African coast and took part in Pantellaria and Sicilian landings; swept channel in front of King's visit to Malta in July 1943; present at all operations on Italian coast and survived attacks from R-boats, bombers, and coastal batteries; visited Capri where inhabitants organised and held the first dance since Italy entered the war.
H.M.S. STORNOWAY was also involved in the Allied invasion of Southern France in 1944.
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.