DIve Site Summary/ overview 30-40 words max
Dive Site Name: HMT Lord Hailsham Dive Type: Wreck Dive
Max Depth Seabed: 60m Depth to top of Wreck: 48m
Approximate Position: 50,23.25N 003,02.84W
Tonnage: 445tonnes Length: 47.5m Beam: 8m Cargo: N/A
Date Lost: 27/02/1943 How Lost: Torpedoed German E Boats
Minimum Qualification: Technical Diver (Or Equivilent)
Formerly known locally as "The Blackwater". HMT Lord Hailsham (FY109) was an ASW Trawler built by Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) and launched on 30 June 1934.
She was taken over by the admiralty in August 1939 and refitted as an ASW
Trawler. She was 445 tonnes 47.5m long. Lord Hailsham was converted to be used in anti-submarine warfare. It had a 4 inch (114 mm) gun forward and Oerlikon machine guns on the wings of the bridge which could be used for anti-aircraft and anti-ship actions. It was also equipped with ASDIC anti-submarine sonar detection equipment. It also carried approximately 14 depth charges. Later on it was equipped with a Holman Projector.
A crest of the Hailsham Family was given to the ship in 1942 at the request of First Lieutenant Reginald Mortimore and it was displayed on the front of the ship's bridge.
The ship saw action in the English Channel, and the Eastern Atlantic. HMT Lord Hailsham (FY109) was part of the convoy escort for convoy WP300. She was escorting eight merchant vessels from South Wales to Southampton including the Modavia when the convoy was attacked in the English Channel by German MTB's in Lyme Bay.
The German E Boats, from the 5th MTB Flotilla, S.65 S.68 S.81 S.85 attacked the convoy on the 27th February 1943 in Lyme Bay and sank the Ss Modavia, LCT.381 and the ASW Trwalers HMT Harstad and HMT Lord Hailsham. Lord Hailsham lost 9 ratings killed and 9 ratings missing.