HMS Clacton

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HMS Clacton
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Name HMS Clacton
Owner Admiralty
Builder Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Yard number 488
Completed 1905
In service 7 Oct 1914
Out of service 3 Aug 1916
Reclassified Minesweeper, mercantile conversion
Fate Torpedoed and sunk 1917
General characteristics
Type Auxiliary minesweeper
Tonnage 820 tons
Length 74.7m
Beam 9.5m
Propulsion 2 screw
Speed 13.5 knots


A passenger ship converted to Auxiliary minesweeper, the Clacton participated in the Gallioli Campaign of 1915, and afterwards remained active in the Aegean Sea until it was sunk on 3 Aug 1916 by U-Boat U-73 at Chai Aghizi in the northern Aegean Sea with the loss of 5 personnel. Was used to evacuate walking and lightly wounded from Gallipoli, possibly to the hospitals at Mudross on Lemnos Island.

The day before ( 29 May 1915) the Clacton carried Bernard O'Reilly from Gallipoli to Mudross, it had been tasked with running ammunition and stores to the peninsula.


2 x 12 pounders

Battle Honours

  • Gallipoli

Soldiers carried

Gallipoli to Mudross 30 May 1915