HMS ARLEY

TYPE....MINESWEEPER

PENNANT...FY718

BUILDER...SMITHS DOCK COMPANY LTD (SOUTH BANK-ON-TEES,UK)

LAUNCHED...10th JUNE 1914

COMMISSIONED AUGUST 1939

LOST...3rd FEBRUARY 1945

LOSS POSITION...53 06 100N 01 15 683E

ARMAMENT... 1x12 POUNDER AA GUN

TONNAGE 304 TONS GROSS

LENGTH...130.4ft / BEAM 24ft

ENGINE...1x TRIPLE EXPANSION / BOILER TYPE, SCOTCH TYPE

CAUSE OF LOSS....SANK WHILST UNDER TOW AFTER BEING BEING DAMAGED BY A MINE

DEPTH...24mtrs

 

THE WRECK TODAY

The Arleys bows are intact and upright standing some 4mtrs proud of the seabed. Her gun is still in situ, this being mounted on the bow. Penetration of the bow is possible and makes for the most interesting part of the wreck. Aft of the bows the Arley is very much a mess with very little still recognisable. There is no sign of her boilers or triple expansion engine. Amongst the broken wreckage can be found live ammunition. For the most part this is in a much degraded state and should be left well alone.

 

FOOTAGE OF THE ARLEY BY SPALDING SAC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pMBEuko28U

 

 

12 POUNDER AS ON THE ARLEY (NOTE, ARLEY GUN DOES NOT HAVE SHIELD)

Paul Hennessey

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