Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Ariadne
Original Builder: Alexander Stephen of Linthouse, Glasgow
Original Yard No: 591
Vessel Type: Minelayer
Year Built: 1943
Arrival Date: 03/06/1965
Breakup Started: 06/06/1965
Date First Beached: 03/06/1965
Date Breakup Completed: 28/03/1966
Draught For’d: 5' 6"
Draught Aft: 6' 10"
HMS ARIADNE was an Abdiel-Class Minelayer built for the Royal Navy Pennant No. M-65
10-10-1941 : Laid Down
05-04-1943 : Launched
12-02-1944 : Completed
Tonnages : 2,650 NRT / 4,000 GRT
Dimensions : 418 feet x 40 feet x 16 feet (127.4 metres x 12.2metres x 4.9 metres)
Propulsion : Two geared steam turbines developing 72,000 SHP for a speed of 40 knots
Boilers : Four x Admiralty 3-Drum Boilers
Complement : 242 Officers and Ratings
4 x 4-inch A.A. Guns
4 x 40 mm Bofors Guns
12 x 20 mm Oerlikon Cannon Guns
160 Nos. Naval Mines
The Career of HMS Ariadne
Her first duty was to lay mines off the coast of Norway. She was also one of the ships taking part in Operation Stonewall. She then left Home waters in January 1944 to join the United States Seventh Fleet in the Pacific Ocean theatre of war.
In June 1944 she laid 146 mines off the northern coast of New Guinea, and when landings were made in the Mapia Group of islands in November 1944, HMS Ariadne was used to carry US Army soldiers. During her period of active service she laid 1,352 mines.
After the end of the war, HMS Ariadne was used to repatriate British prisoners of war from Japan and as a mailship due to her speed. She was paid off into the Reserve Fleet at Sheerness, and did not see service again, apart from a short trial after a refit in the 1950s. This involved the replacement of her light anti-aircraft guns with more modern weapons.
She was finally sold to W.H. Arnott Young for scrapping and arrived at Dalmuir in February 1965. She was then partially dismantled at Dalmuir with final demolition by the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Compnay of Troon, where she arrived in early June 1965.