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HMS SALTARELO - Yard No 312 - Dance Class Armed Trawler - Royal Navy - Built 1940

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 HMS SALTARELO a "Dance Class" Armed Trawler.  
Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid    09/09/1939
Type of Ship    Armed Trawler Launched    12/01/1940
      Commissioned    19/10/1940
Ship Details          
Length Overall    161' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    150' 0" Weather    
Beam    27' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     14' 6"      
G.R.T.    463 tons      
Complement     35 Officers and Men      
Engines    Coal fired, Reciprocating engine (V.T.E.), 1 shaft producing 850 ihp      
Props    1      
Speed    11.5 knots      
Armament     1 4" guns
3 x 20mm AA  
Other known names   Salvador Correia    
Current Status   Unknown    
Content on will be added as and when available. 
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 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.

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.

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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