HMS Boston (J 14)
Minesweeper of the Bangor class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland)|
|Ordered||28 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||27 Nov 1939|
|Launched||30 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||26 Jan 1942|
Decommisioned at Rosyth in January 1946 and reduced to reserve. Sold on 1 January 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Boston (J 14)
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|1||Lt. Derek Harold George Coughlan, RNR||24 Nov 1941||Sep 1943|
|2||A/Lt.Cdr. Ronald Gresham, RNVR||Sep 1943||22 Jan 1944|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Leonard Choppin, DSC, RNVR||22 Jan 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Boston include:
9 Nov 1942
HMS Cromer (Cdr. R.H. Stephenson, DSC, RN) sailed from Alexandria with 2 other units of the 14 Minesweeping Flotilla HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR) to clear the route for a coastal convoy heading for Bardia. At position 31°27'N, 27°16'E, 46 nautical miles west of Marsa Matruh, Cromer detonated a magnetic mine from Italian barrage "MM", laid in the area on 7 August 1942 by the destroyers Antonio Pigafetta (Capt. Enrico Mirti della Valle) and Giovanni da Verazzano (Cdr. Carlo Rossi).
12 Jul 1943
The Italian submarine Bronzo was captured off Syracuse, Sicily by the British minesweepers HMS Seaham (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Brett, RNR), HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR), HMS Poole (Lt. W.L.G. Dutton, RNR) and HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR).
- ADM 173/18725
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