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HMS Carron M2004, Bedford Basin 1985
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No: 1086   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1985   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Canada
HMS Carron M2004, Bedford Basin 1985

River Class Fleet Minesweeper HMS Carron M2004 shown in Bedford Basin, Halifax Canada during Naval Review 1985. This class of minesweeper was built in the 1980s and comprised 12 vessels of 850 tons/890 tons full load;47 M loa;10.5M beam and 3.1M draught. Propulsion by 2 Ruston 6RKC diesels 3,040 bhp,speed 14 knots. Crew 30. All ships have since been sold abroad. Carron,Dovey and Waveney to Bangladesh. See also picture #1087 & picture #1088.
Picture added on 02 March 2007
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The 'prototype' vessel for this design was the 'MFV Suffolk Harvester' which was chartered by the MoD and renamed HMS Venturer (M08) for the RNR/Severn Division. After her 8 year charter, she was given back to her owners in 1983 for conversion to an oil rig standby vessel. So successful was this vessel that she 'spawned' a whole new Class. However successful was the River Class, they could not top their predecessors the 'Ton Class'. They were all sold off to foreign navies at under 20 years old.

Added by David Forbes on 12 October 2007.
Good stuff David.These ships resemble the new (1990's) built MCDV's built at Halifax for the Canadian Navy. Regds, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 13 October 2007.
were these the ones built at Lowestoft?

Added by Peter Taylor on 14 October 2007.
Yes they were built by Richards in Lowestoft. The description omits a couple of relevant points about these ships. They were built spcifically to equip the 10th Mine Counter Measures Squadron manned by the Royal Naval Reserve and to carry out a specific Deep Armed team Sweeping role - sweeping for mines laid at depths down to 300 Metres. They weren't really a replacement for the Tons since they were designed for differing types of sweeping operations.

The 10th MCM Squadron was disbanded under the changes to the roles of the RNR following the "Options for change" Defence review and the ships sold to Bangladesh (Carron was one of these) and to Brazil.

I was variously OOW, Navigating Officer and Executive Officer of HMS Carron throughout her service with the RN.

They do resemble the Canadian MCDVs and there is a connection as the Canadian Navy took a close interest in the MSFs in deciding on a design for their Reserves to man.

Added by Mark Pendleton - Ex Lt RNR on 08 January 2008.
Thanks for that Mark, All Best Wishes, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 08 January 2008.
I overlooked to mention that I was on board Carron when this picture was taken at halifax in July 1985 - a great trip!

Added by Mark Pendleton - Ex Lt RNR on 09 January 2008.
I took the carron over from bris. Great pic, we left after st johns new fiee an then sydney .. N/s .. Hello mark.. Sorry sir.mem andy sharpe..out going crew.great to see old crew online.

Added by ANDY on 03 October 2008.
Thanks Mark and Andy, glad the photo brought back good memories, Cheers from Nova Scotia, Best Rgds, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 04 October 2008.
More details of the Carron and the River Class in general can be found on Wikipedia at which also includes details of their ultimate disposal. Sadly, I wasn't on board when this photo was taken, however I did subsequently serve on Carron as a tactical communicator working alongside Mark Pendleton (cleaning up the "navigatorial droppings" from the bridge deck was a never-ending task!). I too remember a Canadian connection - at least one Canadian Reserve officer served on exchange on the Carron, I think during Ex Rockhaul(?)1988.

Added by Andy Ashworth (Red Crew Refugee) on 05 January 2009.
Hi Andy: Thanks for your info, best wishes from Nova Scotia, Rgds, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 06 January 2009.
As I remember, a Canadian officer accompanied us on exercise around Isle of Man. I remember it well as he escorted me to Douglass hospital when I was injured in a fire exercise. I also was on the crew to St Johns (LWEA at the time).

Added by Paul Amey on 09 May 2009.
I was on exercise maple haul as it was called on the out going trip, I acheived notoriety for burning the commanders toast!

Added by Andy Barrett on 31 January 2011.
I served on Carron as pomem many times from '84-'91 but sadly missed out on the Canada trip, but I still have the documentary shown on BBC Bristol that same year.

Added by Bill Harding on 01 November 2013.
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