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Minelayer HMS Manxman at Singapore 1964
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No: 1740   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1964   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Singapore
Minelayer HMS Manxman at Singapore 1964

A view of Manxman's stern shownig the mine doors. The ships ahead are two Australian frigates, Yarra and Paramatta. The basin in which these and other vessels out of view to the right, is the flooded King George Sixth Drydock. The dock gates were destroyed by British forces just before Singapore was overrun by the Japaneese in 1942. I believe this was the largest drydock extant at the time. Others may verify.
Picture added on 07 April 2007
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Notice the heavy stantions and chains around the edge of the dock, not to stop from falling into the oggie, but to the bottom of the dock!

Added by Ken Watson on 07 April 2007.
In 1963-64 the captain onboard Manxman was the Rt. Hon. Stoppford R.N. The ship supported the forces involved with the Brunei conflict particularly the minesweeper squadron (the Blackfoot Squadron.) and the Gurka force. The ship had one of the 4 boiler systems removed in order to provide workshop space for the support activities.

Added by Jim Foley on 06 August 2007.
Thanks for that info Jim. In fact I met some of the Gurka's while in Singapore in HMCS Fraser Feb/Mar 1964, fascinating chaps! They were conducting Ops at that time, Spot On. Ken W.

Added by Ken Watson on 06 August 2007.
The Captain was The Hon Terence Stopford . aka Tewwible Tewwence of Tauwau, or Old Banana Legs .He was relieved by Nobby Clark, a much more relaxed figure. Captain MS6, Terrence and Nobby at one time had over 24 craft under their command as well as thew uk Sweepers there were Aussie and Kiwis as wll as several Seaward Defence Craft.
During 1961/62 she had 2 of her 4 original Boilers removed but could still make 28 knots . The extra space was taken up by 4 Diesel Gens, an extra Turbo Gen, an extra Distilling Plant (Aquaflash) and the A/C Plant I was on her before and after alterations.

Added by John Lillywhite on 13 August 2008.
As a follow up to the info above:- She was deployed for headquarters duties during the Suez operation late in 1956 and the next year returned to Malta to lay-up in Reserve. Refitted for further service after tow to Gibraltar in 1958 she returned to lay up in Malta until 1961 when she was selected for conversion into a Support Ship for minesweepers at Chatham where she was taken in hand by HM Dockyard on 17th July that year. During this work the other two 4” mountings and two boiler rooms were removed which reduced her speed significantly. Additional accommodation and support workshops were fitted to suit her new role and work was completed during February 1963. Whilst on trials in April 1963, she visited the Isle of Man where she grounded whilst in Douglas Bay.
On returned to Chatham the ship prepared for service in the Far East and re-commissioned on 23rd September that year ( N70 ) for support of the 6th Minesweeping Squadron at Singapore to relieve Woodbridge Haven which I had joined in late 1962. Minesweepers that I remember most in the 6th Minesweeping Squadron were HM Ships Fiskerton, Chawton, Houghton and Dartington

Added by Peter Moore on 14 November 2008.
Sorry but at the time we hit the rocks in Douglas I of M, we were enroute Singapore, after. repairs in Devonport we left late April, we were entered on to HMS Terror's books on 20th May, but this could be long before we got there . I seem to remember arriving Singapore in late JUNE 1963.
Previous to her conversion, she was in Gib. from ehere we brought her home to Chatham leaving on 1st April 1960, arriving in Chathamlater that month whence work started straight away.

Added by John Lillywhite on 14 November 2008.
I served on the Manxman from december 1965 until january 1968 as a Pom(e)The forward two boilers had by then been removed and an Auxillary Machinery Space (AMS)had been installed Including 4 Paxman Ricardo diesel generators a Flash evap and also a coil evap There was also a steam turbo generator which i believe was originnaly fitted to HMS Duke of York I maybe wrong if i am i feel sure some one will put me right Our captain was Commander Templer the best captain i served under

Added by Tom Brewster on 22 May 2010.
I served on the Manxman from February 1968 as a Junior Seaman and sailed back with her to Portsmouth. I well remember Bira patrol and the bad weather in the bay of Biscay on the way back.

Added by Les Duke on 14 August 2017.
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