Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Foxglove
Original Builder: Barclay Curle Limited, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Original Yard No: 520
Vessel Type: Minesweeping Sloop
Year Built: 1915
Arrival Date: 15/10/1945
Breakup Started: 17/10/1945
Date First Beached: 23/11/1945
Date Breakup Completed: 08/01/1946
Draught For’d: 07' 00"
Draught Aft: 10' 06"
'Acacia' – Class minesweeping sloop. Launched on 30-03-1915 and commissioned later in the same year.
4-Cylinder triple expansion steam engine with single screw. Coal-fired Boilers.
Served in a minesweeping role until 1917 then in a Convoy Escort role.
Served on the China Station durin g the early 1920s. One of only two 'Acacia'-Class sloops to survive WWI and see service in WWII.
On Tuesday 9th of July 1940, off the Isle of Wight, she came under heavy enemy aircraft attack, dive-bombing Junkers 87, and was badly damaged with heavy losses of life. She remained afloat and was brought back to base where she was duly repaired and converted into an Accommodation & Base Ship. In this new guise she took up duties in 1941, for the remainder of the war, as a Harbour Guardship at Londonderry, Northern Ireland.