History
United Kingdom
NameHMS Ledsham
BuilderJ. Bolson, Poole
Launched30 June 1954
Completed22 March 1955
FateSold April 1971 and renamed Nipatina. After being moored at Deptford Creek, London since 2007 the ship caught fire in January 2017.
General characteristics
Class and typeHam-class minesweeper
Displacement
  • 120 tons standard
  • 164 tons full
Length106 ft 6 in (32.46 m)
Beam22 ft (6.7 m)
Draught5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Propulsion2 shaft Paxman 12YHAXM diesels, 1,100 bhp (820 kW)
Speed14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement2 officers, 13 ratings
Armament1 × 40 mm Bofors / 20 mm Oerlikon gun
NotesPennant number(s): M2706 / IMS43

HMS Ledsham was one of 93 ships of the Ham class of inshore minesweepers.

Their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ham. The minesweeper was named after Ledsham, Cheshire or Ledsham, West Yorkshire.

HMS Ledsham is now moored in Deptford Creek, London where it is the centre of the Minesweeper Collective, an artist's cooperative. The minesweeper houses a printing studio, and is a venue for art and music events. After many years moored in Deptford Creek on the night of 5 January 2017 an explosion near the former minesweeper led to the ship catching fire whilst the London Fire Brigade deployed a dozen fire engines to the scene of the fire.[1]

References

  1. ^ Tooth, John-Paul (6 January 2017). "Retired Royal Navy Minesweeper HMS Ledsham Gutted By Boat Fire". forces.tv. Archived from the original on 7 January 2017.