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HMS Manxman at Singapore 1964
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No: 1735   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Singapore
HMS Manxman at Singapore 1964

Manxman an Abdiel Class fast minelayer (40 knots!) LOA 418 ft, beam 39 ft., draught 11.25ft. Disp. 4,000 full load. Geared turbines 72,000 SHP.
Picture added on 07 April 2007
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Hms manxman was laid down on 24/3/1939 and commissioned on 20/6/1941. She could steam at a rate of 40 knots and carry 160 mines. In 1942 she was torpedoed and the subsequent repairs took until 1945 to complete (missing almost half the war). In 1956 she assisted in the earthquake relief in the lebanon, this was when she was involved in the 'suez crisis' at the same time. Decommissioned in 1970 after serving as a training ship for engineer officers, working out of devonport. Broken up at newport in wales in September 1972.
(launch to breaking = 32 years)

Added by David Forbes on 04 October 2007.
Good stuff David. Cheers, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 06 October 2007.
I served aboard HMS Manxman from about Jan-Feb 1956 until mid 1957 in the Med Fleet, based in Malta. I was a National Service Seaman, employed in the Main Signals Office at first, then as bowman of the Fast Motor Boat. Rear Admiral Holland-Martin used Manxman as his base (a special super-structure was built on the quarter-deck to accommodate him and his retinue).

Added by Mike Salts on 10 October 2008.
Thanks for that info Mike, Cheers Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 11 October 2008.
I also served on the Manxman between 1965 and 1968 as a POM(E) as did Henry (Owen) Cooper and Stan Mclellan we had a reunion in France at Henrys Place last September we had a fantastic week and some great memories of the Manxman

Added by Tom Brewster on 22 April 2011.
You may like to view my little website about "Life aboard HMS Manxman" (just search for: ex-Able Seaman Michael J. Salts).

Added by Mike Salts on 23 April 2011.
My Dad was on Manxman 64-66 CPO Donnie Forbes.The pics bring back great memories.

Added by David Forbes on 31 January 2014.
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