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HMS CARNARVON BAY - Yard No 349 - Bay Class Frigate - Royal Navy - Built 1945


Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid   08/06/1944 
Type of Ship    Bay Class Frigate Launched   15/03/1945 
      Commissioned   20/09/1945
Ship Details          
Length Overall    307' 3" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    286' 0" Weather    
Beam    38' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 6"      
Draught    12' 9"      
G.R.T.    1,900 tonnes      
Complement     157 Officers and Men      
Engines   2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, 4-cylinder vertical triple expansion reciprocating engines, 5,500 ihp      
Props    2      
Speed    19.5 knots      
Armament     4 × QF 4 inch Mark XVI guns on 2 twin mounting HA/LA Mk.XIX
4 × 40 mm Bofors A/A on 2 twin mounts Mk.V
4 × 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on 2 twin mounts Mk.V
1 × Hedgehog 24 barrel A/S projector
2 rails and 4 throwers for 50 depth charges
Other known names   N/A    
Current Status   Broken up in 1959    
Content on HMS CARNARVON will be added as and when available. 

HMS CARNARVON BAY being launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd


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.


Second of the BAY Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate’s initially ordered on 25th January 1943 for build as a LOCH Class Anti-Submarine Frigate, but for which the ordered was changed in 1944. Originally to have been named H.M.S.LOCH MADDY.

She was laid down on 8th June 1944 and launched as H.M.S.CARNARVON BAY by Henry Robb shipyard at Leith on 15th March 1945.

She was launched two months before the war with Germany was to end, but of course the war with Japan continued, until August 1945.

She was the first Royal Navy ship to carry this name she was completed on 20th September 1945

After commissioning into the Royal Navy she was assigned to the home fleet and based at Rosyth, where she took up her duties including some visits to Norway and to Scapa Flow, but after a year or two of service she was listed to go into reserve where she was then based at Harwich as living quarters for the reserve fleet personnel.

She was then moved after the reserve fleet was closed down to be laid up at Chatham.

She was laid up in the Medway for some time gathering rust before being put on the disposal list and she was sold to Italian ship breakers in 1959

A very short career for a fine ship but the world was changing fast and the navy now needed much more powerful vessels to deal with the threat of the advances in aircraft technology.




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.



(photo credit unknown)


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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0 #1 Mike Connor 2016-11-21 17:19
My father served briefly on HMS Carnarvon Bay from May to November 1945 when she was being commissioned. At this time my father was a Petty Officer Telegrapher and was possibly involved in the commissioning of her communications equipment and training the new crew.

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