Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HMS Ledbury visiting Newcastle 23/10/2011

 The Hunt class minesweeper HMS Ledbury (M30) moored on the quayside at Newcastle during a visit on 23rd. October 2011 ........
.......... sharing the quayside with the traditional Sunday market.

The ship has a glass reinforced plastic hull - similar to the pre-formed hulls you can buy for model ships. The virtue of this form of hull construction for a minesweeper is that it's non-magnetic - the downside was the enormous development cost; producing GRP hulls on this scale made Hunt class minesweepers the most expensive ships ever built for the Royal Navy on a  cost-per-metre basis.

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