Date: 26th December 1944
From: The Commanding Officer, HMS Gleaner
To: Commander in Chief, The Nore
Subject: Minesweeping Reports No. 2 and 4
REPORT No. 2
Thursday 21st December 1944
Searching sweep of channel from NF3 to 53F
Speedwell, Halcyon, SPEEDY, Seagull with dan
Wind variable. Sea and swell 10. Weather misty.
Moored mine swept up, not sunk. Lost in poor
Speedwell parted port sweep on what is believed to be
the wreck marked PA in position 51°21’N, 2° 13’E. This puts the
wreck approximately one mile to westward of charted position.
REPORT No. 4
Speedwell swept up one moored mine believed
German, believed GR. Apparently new, black paint. 51° 21’ 42” North.
2° 12’ 42” East. Charted depth 14 fathoms. 21st December
1944 1342A, no evidence to suggest that mine was dragged before
H A King, Lt Commander RNVR
Senior Officer (borne in Speedwell during this
HMS Shearwater on patrol during night of 18th/19th
December reported that E-boats had been encountered and had possibly
laid mines in the vicinity of 51° 21’ 30” N, 02° 10’ 40” E.
A search of QZS 596 was therefore ordered and
this was carried out by 1st Minesweeping Flotilla on 21st
December, one moored mine being cut as in Minesweeping Reports 2 and
A danger area was then declared and this area was
subsequently cleared by the 18th MSF, five moored mines
being swept, all to the eastward of the original one.
Admiral of the Fleet