ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
BIGBURY BAY
Type
FRIGATE
Date
1945
Description
HMS BIGBURY BAY (K 606)
The Royal Navy

Yard Number: 775

Bay Class Frigate (ex LOCH CARLOWAY) prefabricated construction.

Laid Down: 30 May 1944
Launched: 16 November 1944
Commissioned: 10 July 1945

11 May 1959 sold to Portuguese Navy and renamed PACHEO PERIERA.

Commanding Officer A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Penrose Dickinson Hall, DSC, RN
April 1945 - still in command in October 1945 according to the Navy List.

Sold 6 June 1970.


Extracted from assorted local papers, British Newspaper Archive (dates given are of newspaper report):

1948:
[23/04] 3 ratings built by court martial of deserting B.B. at Beirut to join Arab Forces in Palestine.
[07/07] Arrived Istanbul on 4 days goodwill visit.

1949:
[04/01] To accompany cruiser Glasgow on cruise (intended 3 months) which will include Falkland Islands, claimed by Argentina.

1950:
[23/02] 7 British scientists stranded for more than 2 years in Antarctica + rescued by S.S. John Briscoe were brought to Port Stanley, Falklands, by B.B.
[25/04] On way home rescued 12 men from 35 ft. boat 63 miles from Bermuda (9 American Marines).
[12/05] Arrived Portsmouth yesterday from W. Indies after longest post WWII service of any warship to return to Portsmouth. She joined the Far Eastern fleet in February 1947 + took 13 Japanese war criminals from Kure to Hong Kong for trial. She was then transferred to Mediterranean fleet + in July 1948 joined America + W. Indies squadron. Her C.O., Lt. Commander G.R.P. Goodenhas calculated that she has steamed 47,939 miles, visited 20 countries + 54 ports. She is to be refitted in Portsmouth dockyard.
[03/10] Sailed for W. Indies after recommissioning with new ship's company.

1951:
[29/10] Due Portsmouth tomorrow after year's service in W. Indies.

1952:
[26/06] Will drop anchor off Brighton tomorrow (Friday), remain till next Wednesday + be open to public. She has spent 3 years with America + W. Indies squadron, during which she has visited Canada, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Angentine, Falkland Islands, Antarctica + practically all W. Indian islands. Early summer 1951 travelled nearly 1000 miles up river Amazon to Manaos. Provided relief to Jamaica after devastating hurricane August 1951. Compliment of 180 under command of Commander A.W.F. Sutton.

1953:
[21/02] Arrived unexpectedly last night at Port of Spain, Trinidad + sailed again for Recife, Brazil, for orders. Commander could not answer whether it was anything to do with tension with Argentina over Deception Island in Artarctica.
[03/10] Left Bermuda unexpectedly believed bound for British Guiana. Was due to return to Britain after long tour of duty in Falkland Islands.
[06/10] Short stop Kingston, Jamaica, for refuelling + to take troops aboard.
[07/10] Arrived Georgetown, British Guaiana, ferried troops ashore from cruiser Superb.
[19/10] Loaded 2 companies of Argyll + Sutherland Highlanders from aircraft carrier Implacable, 1 company to Georgetown, other New Amsterdam.
[09/11] Arrived Portsmouth. While in British Guiana officers + petty officers went into jungle in search of big game, came back with live tortoise, named Horace.

1954:
[02/08] Tugs pulled her off sandbar near Rio de Janeiro.

1955:
[04/02] Officers + men cheered as they stood firm in downpour in Port of Spain, Trinidad, as Princess Margaret drove in state through capital. B.B. to escort Royal Yacht Britannia as she takes Princess on W. Indies tour.
[05/03] Princess Margaret paid visit to B.B., anchored in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica.
[25/04] Dropped anchor Spithead more than 24hrs ahead of schedule [to avoid effects of railway strike]. She is home from America + W. Indies station + has been commanded by Capt. H.C. Martell since 1954.

1957:
[30/12] Steaming from Persian Gulf to Colombo to assist rescue efforts in Ceylon floods.

1958:
[19/01] About to return to home port, Devenport, after 1 year absence.
[22/04] Has cancelled goodwill cruise of West Coast South African ports + will join the Indian Ocean command due to "changed orders".

Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Shipowner
Admiralty
Dimensions
length 286' x breadth 38' 6" x depth 17' 9"

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