HMS Kellington


A photograph of the HMS Kellington (M1154) moored on the River Tees. The Kellington was a  ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy, launched 12th October 1954 and broken in situ in 2009. In the background you can see Municipal Buildings, Stockton Central Library, the Police Station and the Parish Church. Date unknown.

Photograph by John W Chesney, supplied courtesy of Joyce Chesney.

3 thoughts on “HMS Kellington

  1. Cliff, my understanding is that the ships hulls were made from light weight aluminum fastened to a mahogany wood inner lining, knowing the British Navy – this lining must have been a work of art and I’d loved to have seen it made or before the alloy cladding went on. Can you imagine what the bill would be today for one of these bodies?


  2. HMS Kellington: At the end of he Second World War it was generally accepted that the large steel-built deep sea ocean minesweepers were unsuitable for sweeping mines laid in coastal and inshore waters. As a result, a team was formed at Bath in the UK in 1947 to design the next generation of minesweepers. This team produced two sets of hull drawings in 1949 for the construction of future coastal mine countermeasures vessels.

    John I. Thornycroft and Co Ltd, of Southampton, acted as parent firm to the group of fifteen smaller shipbuilders responsible for constructing these vessels, minesweepers, which were designed to sweep mines. They were protected from pressure mines by their low displacement, and their shallow draught. Although the original names allocated to the coastal minesweepers were those of insects, this was later changed to villages in the UK ending in ‘TON’. The Ton Class proved to be a very successful design with over one hundred units built in British ship yards between 1951 and 1960. Early vessels had Mirrlees diesels, but later the more powerful Napier Deltic engine was fitted,

    Minehunter conversions consisted of Kirkliston, Shoulton, Bossington, Brereton, Bronington, Derriton, Glasserton, Highburton, Hubberston, Iveston, Kellington, Sheraton, Bildeston, Brinton, Gavinton, Kedleston, Maxton and Nurton.


    • Bob, would the newly designed minesweepers have had wooden hulls so as not to set off magnetic mines? I know that Thorneycroft had good experience of producing wooden hulled vessels.


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