Requisitioned Auxiliary – Fair Maid


HMS Fair Maid


HMS Fair Maid 


Official Number:                      

Laid down:

Builder:                                   A & J Inglis, Pointhouse

Pennant Nr:                             PP 589

Launched:                               23 December 1915

Into Service:                            16 March 1916

Out of service:                        16 November 1916

Fate:                                      Mined and sank



Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 as  Auxiliary Minesweepers to take advantage of their shallow draught, high speed and maneuverability


Career Data:



23 December 1915 launched by A & J Inglis, Pointhouse as Yard Nr: 309 named Fair Maid for North British Railway Co., Glasgow but was taken over by the Admiralty and altered for service as an Auxiliary Minesweeper

16 March 1916 completed as a paddle minesweep HMS Fair Maid and sailed from the Clyde

6 November 1916 struck a mine which had been laid by the German submarine UC-18 some 15 days earlier and sank off Cross Sands Buoy in the North Sea with the loss of 5 lives