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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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HMS PADSTOW BAY - Yard No 350 - Bay Class Frigate - Royal Navy - Built 1945




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Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid    25/09/1944
Type of Ship    Bay Class Frigate Launched    24/08/1945
      Commissioned    11/03/1946
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    286' 0" Weather    
Beam    38' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 9"      
G.R.T.    1,900      
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 Italy 1959    
Content on HMS PADSTOW BAY will be added as and when available. 


(photo is from "Leith Built Ships on War Service")


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.

This was to be the last warship built at the Henry Robb shipyard.

She was the third and last of the Bay Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate's.

She was initially ordered on 19th January 1944 for build as a LOCH Class Anti-submarine Frigate, but the contract was changed later that year before build had commenced.She was to be designated and built as a Bay Class Anti-Aircraft Frigate. 

Originally to have been named H.M.S.LOCH COULSIDE she was laid down as an Anti-Aircraft Frigate on 25th September 1944 and launched as H.M.S. PADSTOW BAY by Henry Robb at Leith on 28th August 1945. She was the first Royal Navy ship to carry this name and build was completed on 11th March 1946.

Although HMS PADSTOW BAY was handed over and commissioned after the end of hostilities in Europe and the East, the world was still a very dangerous place and she was placed to serve with the America and West Indies station, a bit of a plumb role at the time as this meant many social and friendly flag waving visits to the Caribbean and North America.

Her first year was spent in visits around the Caribbean and the following year she was on visits to Canada with stops at Halifax, Nova Scotia and then on up North and down the St Lawrence Seaway to Montreal with many ports of call on the way.

She then paid a visit to Portsmouth, New Hampshire before calling in at Bermuda again and then back home to the U.K.

At the end of 1947 she was paid off and laid up with the reserve fleet at Plymouth.

HMS PADSTOW BAY remained in the Reserve Fleet until 1958 when the ship was placed on the Disposal List.  In 1959 she was taken in tow to La Spezia, where she arrived on 11th August for demolition.

So ended the list of warships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. She was of course not the last ship to be built at Leith for the Royal Navy but no more warships were required to be built there.



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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0 #2 C Walton 2016-04-29 12:57
Several years have passed since you made your comment Jim, I appreciate that you took the trouble. My late father Bernard Walton served as an Able Seaman on HMS Padstow Bay, who knows, maybe he piped you aboard. I hope so. I think we still have his whistle somewhere.
+2 #1 LT Jim Mulquin, USNR 2012-08-27 03:11
HMS PADSTOW BAY visited East Coast U.S. cities in early October 1947; hosted visitors at Baltimore (apprx) 4-6 Oct; I was aboard at pier, Pratt St. on 5 Oct; she probably made port calls at Annapolis & Norfolk;

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