HMS Bronington is a Ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy, launched on 19 March 1953. This mahogany-hulled minesweeper is one of the last of the "wooden walls" (wooden-hulled naval vessels). After being decommissioned from service, the ship was purchased in January 1989 by the Bronington Trust, a registered charity, whose patron Charles, Prince of Wales commanded this vessel in 1976.
The hull is constructed of mahogany with a combination of aluminium alloy and non-magnetic materials to provide maximum safety against magnetic mines. The main armament was fitted on the fo'c'sle, a single barreled 40/60mm Bofor gun. Bronington's main role was hunting for mines by using the high definition sonar. Once a mine was found the Clearance Divers would then make them safe by either using explosives or bringing them inboard and defusing them. Bronington could also sweep for mines by towing minesweeping gear which would cut the moored mines loose or by towing acoustic/magnetic influence sweeps which could imitate the characteristics of larger ships and set the mines off harmlessly.
For some time, the ship was berthed in the Manchester Ship Canal at Trafford Park, Greater Manchester, England. In 2002, she became part of the collection of the Warship Preservation Trust and moored at Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. Since the closure of the Warship Preservation Trust, she remains in storage
The ship is also listing at the moment so it's at least 15 degrees which makes for an interesting walk around inside, This place was one of the most difficult places to take a photo I've been what with the cramped spaces and setting up a tripod was made even more difficult because of this but still a good way to spend a Friday night.
Class and type: Ton-class minesweeper
Displacement: 440 tons
Length: 153 ft
Beam: 28.9 ft
Draught: 8.2 ft
Propulsion: 2 x Paxman Deltic 18A-7A diesel engines @ 3,000 bhp (2,200 kW)
Speed: Cruise 13 knots (24 km/h) on one engine. Max 16 knots (30 km/h) on both
Range: 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 32 men
Armament: 1 x Bofors 40mm gun