Original Royal Navy HMS Manxman Badge – 1940 Minelayer
HMS Manxman was an Abdiel Class minelayer. The ship is named for an inhabitant of the Isle of Man.
Built by Alexander Stephen and Sons and launched in 1940.
HMS Manxman was transferred to the Mediterranean, where she was employed on relief runs to Malta.
In August she took part in Operation Mincemeat, which involved mine-laying in the Gulf of Genoa while disguised as the French vessel Leopard.
From October 1941 to February 1942, HMS Manxman was returned to the Home Fleet and took part in a number of mine-laying operations in the North Sea and the English Channel. In March, she joined the Eastern Fleet at Kilindini the Indian Ocean. After escort and patrol duties, on 8 October she participated in the assault and capture of the island of Nosy Be on the north west coat of Madagascar, which was occupied by Vichy French forces.
Transferring to the Mediterranean again, HMS Manxman was sent with supplies to Malta followed by mine-laying in the Sicilian Channel. On 1 December, whilst in transit from Algiers to Gibraltar, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-375 and severely damaged.
HMS Manxman re-commissioned on 10 April 1945 and made ready to join the British Pacific Fleet. She arrived at Geelong shortly after VJ Day and she was used for repatriation and supply operations.
9.5in 24cm Dia including wooden mount
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