|Dimensions||50.8 × 40.64 × 2.54 cm|
Builder A. Hall & Co.
Length 94 feet, 3 inches (28.72 m)
Beam 18 feet, 6 inches (5.63 m)
Draught 9 feet, 3 inches (2.81 m)
Propulsion One triple expansion steam engine, driving one propeller.
26th May 1942
Outside Grand Harbour, Malta
HMS Eddy, a naval drifter, was small with an engine hardly topping nine knots. But virtually no fleet business got done without these versatile little helpers. At the start of hostilities she was rigged up as a minesweeper, a job she had done earlier in her life, and joined the 403rd Minesweeping Group. Because she had a steel hull, a degaussing cable was installed.
The Eddy left the Grand Harbour on the 26th of May to sweep a channel usually mined by E-boats during the night. Returning to port, a mile off Fort St. Elmo, she struck a mine and quickly sank just outside the harbour entrance. The Captain and ten of her crew survived; eight were missing and presumed dead.
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