Allied Warships

HMS Pelorus (J 291)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 291 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Jan 1942 
Laid down8 Oct 1942 
Launched18 Jun 1943 
Commissioned7 Oct 1943 
End service 

Sold to the South African Navy in 1947 being renamed SAS Pietermaritzburg. Scuttled to become an artificial reef off Simonstown on 12 November 1994.


Commands listed for HMS Pelorus (J 291)

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1Lt. Rex Cassey, RNZNVR30 Sep 19436 Dec 1943
2A/Cdr. (emergency) George Nelson, RN6 Dec 194318 Dec 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Felix John Bourgat, RN18 Dec 1944mid 1946

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