ROYAL NAVY SHIPS NAME BOARD Ca 1950 HAMM CLASS


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ROYAL NAVY NAME BOARD From Ham class minesweeper
Presented is the name board from HMS WOODLARK that was sunk as a target in 1986. The chrome plated letters are mounted on a Teak wood backboard, 50 1/2" X 10 1/2" X 1 3/4"  that weighs 22 1/2 pounds. It is too large to be sent by the postal service overseas. It is in good sound condition though some of the chrome shows light oxidation.
HMS WOODLARK, a survey, training, and former minesweeper was built in 1958 by Samuel White as HMS YAXHAM. In 1964 she became a Royal Navy survey vessel and her name was changed to Woodlark. Her final years were as the Southampton University Royal Naval Unit's training vessel. In 1986 she was used as a target and sunk.
The Ham class was a class of inshore minesweepers (IMS), known as the Type 1, of the British Royal Navy. The class was designed to operate in the shallow water of rivers and estuaries. It took its name from the fact that all the ship names were British place names ending in -"ham". The parent firm who were responsible for supervising construction was Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
The class consisted of 93 ships, launched between 1954 and 1959. HMS Inglesham
M2601) was the first. They were built in three slightly different sub-groups, the first sub-group being distinguished by pennant numbers beginning with 26- and the second and third sub-groups being distinguished by pennant numbers beginning with 27-. The 26- group were of composite construction (wood and non-ferrous metals and the 27- group were all-wooden, of which the third sub-group differed by having a prominent rubbing strake around the hull and slightly enlarged dimensions.
The vessels displaced 164 tons fully laden and were armed with one 40 mm Bofors or 20 mm Oerlikon gun. They were 32.5 metres long overall by 6.4 metres beam. The construction was of wood to minimize magnetic signature. The crew complement was 15, rising to 22 in wartime.
The first HMS Woodlark pictured above was a Chinese River gunboat.
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