While the family and I were out having lunch today, my boys and I were talking about our visit on board the HMS Grafton some months back. This warship was affiliated with our town but has since been sold to the Chilean navy I believe.
The conversation started with one of my boys asking "Dad, remember when we went on the MSN Grafton?" You can imagine, the wife and I fell about laughing.
I know Mr Gates is a bit wealthy, but I'm sure he doesn't need a navy!
I was on HMS Bramble (which was a minesweeper) doing Fishery Protection. HMS Grafton was our opposite number. When we came off station the Grafton (or the Lennox, another minesweeper) would take our place. At that time the Grafton was a Type 14 Frigate.
The biggest problem we had on the Bramble was our fastest speed was about 14 knots and the trawlers we were trying to catch had speeds of up to 22 knots.
Was that in the North Sea and/or Icelandic waters?
I was reading about the particular Grafton that you refer to - one of the Type 14s - on that Wikipedia page and it mentioned that it was sent to patrol the waters against Icelandic trawlers that were fishing in British waters. It also mentioned that they discovered that the lightweight hulls were not structurally sound enough for use in heavy waters, so they had to be upgraded.