This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMT BORNEO, but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.
Built as the BORNEO for Grant & Robinson, Grimsby, (GY115); Nov 1914 vessel Requisitioned by the Royal Navy as a minesweeper No. FY 1809.
On the 18 June 1917 the BORNEO and GRENADIER (Adm'y No.714, former Grimsby trawler GRENADA GY 323), were sweeping off Beachy Head. Several mines were swept up during the day, one brought to the surface was detonated by rifle fire from GRENADIER. At 5.45 pm there was a large explosion under BORNEO, she broke up and sank rapidly. None of the crew survived. Lieutenant A. G. Philips the senior officer in charge of sweeping, was criticised for an error of judgement in continuing to sweep the area at low tide. The mines had been laid in the area earlier that day by the German submarine UC-17 (Werner Fürbringer).
In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Lest We Forget