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HMS WYE - Yard No 341 - River Class Frigate - Royal Navy - Built 1943


HMS WYE Ship No 341


Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid    18/11/1942
Type of Ship    River Class Frigate Launched    16/08/1943
      Commissioned    09/02/1944
Ship Details          
Length Overall    301' 3" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    283' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 6"      
Draught    13' 0"      
G.R.T.    1590 tons      
Complement     140 Officers and Men      
Engines    Steam triple-expansion reciprocating boiler producing 5,500ihp      
Props    2      
Speed    20 knots      
Armament     2 x QF 4 in /40 Mk.XIX, single mounts CP Mk.XXIII

•up to 10 x QF 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on twin mounts Mk.V and single mounts Mk.III

•1 x Hedgehog 24 spigot A/S projector

•up to 150 depth charges

Other known names   N/A    
Current Status   Scrapped in 1955    
Content on HMS WYE will be added as and when available. 

 HMS WYE full steam ahead

(Photo credit unknown)


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 WYE Ship No 341 was the last of six in number "River Class" Frigates to be built and launched in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

The design was also used as the basis of the USN "Tacoma class", known to the RN as the "Colony Class". The hull design was later elaborated into the "Loch and Bay Class" Frigates"

Up to now we dont have much information on her service with the fleet during or just after the second World War.


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.

George William Owers served on HMS WYE

We sometimes forget that it was not only the fallen and
there families who suffered throughout the Second World War but also the many,
many thousands who were maimed and injured physically and of course mentally.

George William Owers served on HMS WYE and as the result of
an accident in the boiler room onboard HMS WYE not long before the end of the
war in April 1945 off the coast of Dacca, he suffered terrible burns from a
burst steam pipe the burns covered more than 65% of his body and while scarred
for life it never took his spirit and memories of serving on a great ship of
the Royal Navy during the Second World War, we show here some of his awards to
keep the memory going and as a tribute to all who served there country in this
great time of need, it is just a pity that successive governments have not
served the same men as well as they themselves served.







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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0 #3 Richard Thompson 2015-12-19 15:09
My father, Edwin Charles Thompson joined HMS Wye on Jan. 26 1944 and left her in Sept. of '45. He was an Engine Room Artificer.
+1 #2 John Thompson 2014-03-05 14:52

My father was a Lieutenant on HMS Wye and was the ship's chaplain. His name was Arthur Thompson
0 #1 lester Owers 2013-05-12 22:31
My Dad George William Owers served on HMS Wye and was scalded by a steam valve off Dacca and received 60% burns. My dad was regular RN 1933 to 1947. I think he was burnt in 1944, but until I get my dads naval records from my brother.

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