Mine
Minelayer

Narwhal Crest

Type:
Grampus (Minelayer) Class


Pennant No.:
45.M
N.45

Laid Down:
29th May 1934.
Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
28th February 1936.
Lt. Cdr. J.R.S. Brown.

Commander:
Aug. 1935 - Jul. 1937
Lt. Cdr. J.R.S. Brown.
1937
Lt. Cdr. H.R. Conway.
Jul. 1939 - Feb. 1940
Lt. Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie.
Feb. - Aug. 1940
Lt. Cdr. R. J. Burch DSO.

Complement:
59
Officers and Ratings.

Service Career:
1936 - 1939
2nd Flotilla, HMS Forth/Lucia, Devonport.
Sept. 1939
2nd Flotilla, HMS Forth, Devonport (Refit).
Nov. 1939
5th Flotilla, HMS Dolphin, Gosport (Halifax Escort Force).
1940
6th Flotilla, HMS Titania, Blyth (Detached Immingham).
1940
6th Flotilla, HMS Titania, Blyth
.
Fate:
Completed fourteen 'War Patrols', she was lost on her 15th patrol.

Laid a minefield of 50 mines North of Laeso Island in the Kattegat, April 1940.
It is assumed that the following were sunk by this minefield: 4 trawlers totalling 1,200 tons, Deutschland 432 tons, M.1701 250 tons, M.1702 218 tons, she also sank the Buenos Aires on the 1st May 1940, 6,097 tons.
Laid another minefield near the island of Laeso towards the end of April 1940, size not known.

Lost cause unknown, off the Norwegian coast on or about 1st August 1940.