HMS Shoulton (M1182)

HMS Shoulton (M1182) was a Ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy.

United Kingdom
Name: HMS Shoulton
Builder: Montrose Dockyard
Launched: 10 September 1954
Fate: Sold for scrapping on 2 February 1981
General characteristics
Class and type: Ton-class minesweeper
Displacement: 440 tons
Length: 152 ft (46 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion: Originally Mirrlees diesel, later Napier Deltic, producing 3,000 shp (2,200 kW) on each of two shafts
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 33

Construction and design

Shoulton was ordered on 17 June 1952 and was launched at Montrose Shipyard, Montrose, Scotland on 10 September 1954.[1] She was completed on 16 November 1955, commissioning with the pennant number M1182.[2]

Shoulton was 152 feet (46.33 m) long overall and 140 feet (42.67 m) between perpendiculars, with a beam of 28 feet 9 inches (8.76 m) and a draught of 8 feet 3 inches (2.51 m). Displacement was 360 long tons (370 t) normal and 425 long tons (432 t) deep load.[3] Like all the Ton-class, the ship had an Aluminium-framed wooden hull. She was powered by a pair of Napier Deltic diesel engines which drove two shafts, giving a total of 3,000 shaft horsepower (2,200 kW) and a speed of 15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h).[1][4] 45 tons of fuel were carried, giving a range of 3,000 nautical miles (3,500 mi; 5,600 km) at 8 knots (9.2 mph; 15 km/h).[3][4]

Armament consisted of a single Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft gun forward and two Oerlikon 20 mm cannon aft.[3][4] Minesweeping equipment included wire sweeps for sweeping moored contact mines and acoustic or magnetic sweeps for dealing with influence mines.[5] Unlike earlier ships of the class, Shoulton was fitted with an enclosed bridge.[4]


In 1957, Shouton was converted into a prototype minehunter by Vosper Thornycroft at their Woolston, Southampton works.[6] In November 1960, Shouton was part of the 50th Mine Sweeping Squadron and in July 1963 joined the First Minesweeping Squadron[lower-alpha 1] as the Senior Officer's ship.[6]

Shoulton was sold for scrapping on 2 February 1981 and was broken up in Blyth.


  1. The First Minehunting Squadron according to the Ton Class Association.[7]
  1. Gardiner & Chumbley 1995, pp. 540–541
  2. Worth 1986, p. 78
  3. Gardiner & Chumbley 1995, p. 539
  4. Blackman 1962, p. 282
  5. Brown & Moore 2012, p. 130–131
  6. Worth 1986, p. 112
  7. "Shoulton M1182". Ton Class Association. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  • Blackman, Raymond V. B. (1962). Jane's Fighting Ships 1962–63. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd.
  • Brown, D. K.; Moore, George (2012). Rebuilding the Royal Navy: Warship Design Since 1945. Barnsley, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-150-2.
  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen, eds. (1995). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
  • Worth, Jack (1986). British Warships Since 1945: Part 4: Minesweepers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. ISBN 0-907771-12-2.

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