HMS Saltburn

HMS Saltburn was a Hunt-class minesweeper built for the Royal Navy during World War I. Named after the town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire, she was not completed until after the end of the war. The ship saw no active service during World War II as she spent the war as a training ship. Saltburn was sold for scrap in 1946, but was wrecked while under tow.

Sister ship HMS Belvoir circa. 1917–1918
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Saltburn
Namesake: Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Builder: Murdoch and Murray
Laid down: 29 January 1918
Launched: 9 October 1918
Completed: 31 December 1918
Fate: Sold for scrap, 16 November 1946
Notes: Pennant number N52
General characteristics (1939)
Class and type: Hunt-class minesweeper
Displacement: 710 long tons (721 t)
Length: 231 ft (70.4 m)
Beam: 28 ft 6 in (8.7 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Installed power: 2,200 ihp (1,600 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range: 1,500 nmi (2,800 km; 1,700 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 74

Saltburn was built by Murdoch and Murray of Port Glasgow and her keel was laid down on 29 January 1918. She was launched on 9 October 1918 and completed on 31 December 1918. The ship was armed with a QF 4-inch (102 mm) gun forward and a QF 12-pounder anti-aircraft gun aft.

In the 1930s, Saltburn was the RN Signal School's tender. A prototype Type 79X radar was installed in October 1936 and its antennas were strung between the ship's masts. They detected an aircraft at an altitude of 500 feet (150 m) and a range of 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi) during tests in July 1937.[1] The ship spent World War II as the tender for HMS Dryad, the Royal Navy's navigation school.

After the war, Saltburn ran aground off Horse Sand Fort on 26 October 1945 and was declared a constructive total loss. She was sold for scrap on 16 November 1946, but was wrecked off Hartland Point the following month while under tow.[2]


  1. Swords, pp. 87–88
  2. Lenton, p. 251


  • Lenton, H. T. (1998). British & Commonwealth Warships of the Second World War. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-048-7.
  • Swords, Sean S. (1986). Technical History of the Beginnings of Radar. London: IEE/Peter Peregrinus. ISBN 0-86341-043-X.
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