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 SALTARELO Was an order for an Armed Trawler of the Dance Class, to also undertake minesweeping duty. Built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, and one of a pair ordered at the same time. She was very similar to the "Tree class" ships.
Part of "The little ship Navy" The Dance class armed trawlers where a slight improvement on the "Tree class" although the same tonnage they were better armed.
HMS SALTARELO operated in the Mediterranean where she had been converted to take on mine sweeping duties around the Italian coast.
She was launched from the yard on 6th August 1940, H.M.S. Saltarelo survived the war and was sold on by the navy to Portugal and renamed Salvador Correia after a famous Portuguese Soldier and politician who had fought the Dutch in the 16th Century.
She was soon converted to take on the role of a survey ship for the Portuguese navy.
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.