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 SWORD DANCE was another of the "Little fighting ships" who worked without break against the enemy all over the seas of the British Isles and further afield as well.
The armed trawlers were used in a wide variety of roles from escort duty to mine laying and sweeping as well as protecting the fishing fleets, who of course still had to go out in all weathers and also contend with enemy aircraft and submarines.
Lost in a collision in the Morey Firth on 5 July 1942.
During the early hours of the morning, whilst acting as escort to the east coast convoy WN.5, HMS Sword Dance was rammed in dense fog by one of merchants of the convoy, the Thyra-II (1088 GRT). The starboard coalbunker was holed and her engine room rapidly flooded in all it took around an hour for her to sink, and she nows lies in approx 80 metres of water, with her deadly cargoe of depth charges still around her.
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.