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representative of the career of this
its deployment on hydrographic
survey duties. Some
place names in the various Islands in
the Pacific Ocean are not those in
current use and the some of Groups of
Islands have also been re-identified (
e.g., The Gilbert and Ellice Islands now
known as Kiribati and Tuvalu.)
M. S. C O O
K ( K 6
3 8 )
CLASS Frigate ordered on 25th January
1943 from Pickersgill
at Sunderland to be named LOCH MOCHRUM
but changed in 1944 to an AA
Frigate The ship was laid down as
Number 4813 (Yard Number 269) on 30th
November 1944 and launched on 24th
September 1945 as HMS PEGWELL BAY. After
launch the contract was terminated and
she was towed to Devonport for
completion by HM Dockyard for use as a
fitting out. Before completion on 20th
July 1950 the name was again changed to
HMS COOK. In common with the other four
Ex LOCH Class frigate hulls converted
into survey ships the name chosen was
that of the best known British hydrographer.
Cook (1728 - 1779)
Conversion began in February
1948 and completed in July 1950. No
armament fitted and changes made to
and office space for hydrographic
work. More boats and associated handling
facilities were fitted together with a
for survey work (Type 972). Pennant
Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to A307.
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On a Field Blue
impaled a hemisphere White between an
and in base Gold.
From the arms of Captain James Cook).
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First Commission 1950 – 51
for trials: 6 June 1950
Officer: Lieut. Cdr J.
Care and Maintenance at Devonport with
Carried out Local survey tasks
(August 1950 -
Stored for sea service
(Note: Additional complement
joined from HM Survey Ship SEAGULL
for service: 27 March 1951.
Officer: Captain K St. B. Collins,
Rear Admiral CB, OBE, DSC and Hydrographer
of the Navy 1955 - 60).
Home Waters deployment 1951-52
Relieved Halcyon-Class Minesweeper SEAGULL employed on survey work
to join CTF26 in search for wreckage
of submarine AFFRAY
in English Channel. (April
- June 1951).
Visited by Hydrographer
in Portsmouth when released from search
and then resumed survey
work in Dublin
party in Gunna
Sound to prepare for
survey tasks in
Carried out Oceanographic
soundings and sampling between Scapa
Flow and Spitzbergen.
University expedition embarked and
landed on Spitzbergen.
delayed continuation of sampling work
Collected expedition and paid
visit to capital of Spitzbergen,
Landed expedition at Gourock and
carried out oceanographic programme
Resumed West coast of Scotland
survey in conjunction with survey ML's
and detached parties.
Intermediate R&R visits at
(Note: Areas surveyed included
and The Minches.
Severe gales caused many
defect in windlass caused loss of anchor
later after repair work at Greenock
(October - November).
to Plymouth 2 December.
Second Commission 1952 - 53.
Officer: Captain EHB Baker, DSC
Coast of Scotland Survey Continuation
Based at Portree,
Isle of Skye with detached party
employed on coastlining
(Note: Unseasonable weather
made it necessary to seek shelter sought
on several occasions between
May and August.
out Planned work which included check
on newly established
DECCA Navigation Chain for Western Aproaches
(Note: Radio signals too
erratic for hydrographic
A recommendation was made that
survey snips should carry a portable
system instead of using
Hydrographer embarked at Mallalg for 3 day visit
before transfer to FRANKLIN
Anchor dragged whilst
sheltering from gales of over 70 knots
in Loch Dunvegan
Returned to area after winter
refit period and Annual Inspection in
1952 - April 1953)
Diverted from wreck location
and least depth sweeping in Bristol
Channel for search and rescue of crew of
missing FIREFLY aircraft
off after 24 hours (April)
Continued Hebrides Survey in
Loch Shell area (May)
Attended Coronation Review at
Spithead and was Host Ship for Hydrographer's
Prepared for foreign
Service at Plymouth on completion.
Officer: Commander RH Cornell, DSC
African Coast Survey (July to
Passage investigations included
seabed profile off Fowey and
inconclusive checks on movements of
Experiments carried out using
Kite apparatus for magnetic field
measurements but these were
planned survey areas included Takoradi,
Accra, and Sekondi.
Detached parties landed for coastlining,
marking and tidal measurements
(Note: Shore parties lived in
Bungalow leased fron
a UK contractor.
Work co-ordinated with concurrent
Swell conditions off shore made
boat soundings difficult but manageable
except when visibility was
by local mists. Trials using Radar
reflectors for fixing and range
to be a
to survey work. Sports
during R&R periods at Takoradi.
Excess rust and mould increased
maintenance load on ships
company depleted by shore
out two day survey at Sekondi
followed by a final call at Takoradi.
Made Soundings and Shoal
examination off the Canary Islands,
Bathythermograph work carried
out on return passage
(Note Passengers embarked at
Waters Survey (October - November
1953; April - November 1954).
Work on West coast continued.
in St. Ives followed by oceanographic
across Irish Sea entrance.
Seabed samples obtained hourly
until corer became defective (again).
Boat survey and tidal
observations in Heysham
Bay (ML 3516 assisted but
(Note: Propeller fouled by wire
whilst berthed and ship moved away from
Isle of Arran measured mile
checked with Taut Wire gear and attended
by AEW scientists.
Local survey undertaken by
detached party during Winter
UK West Coast survey work (April -
R&R in Stornoway
and refuelled at Londonderry.
investigations in St Brides Bay with
Shoal examination carried out
with HM Survey Ship VIDAL in Bishops
2 Depth Charge Throwers to Bar Lightship
for use in Liverpool as collection
(Weight 15 Cwt
Tidewatching and boat survey parties
detached in Hebrides.
Ship continued sounding in The Minches
with delays caused by heavy rain and
Hydrographer's three day visit included
of Arran measurements (July).
(Note: Swiss lady in difficulty
in Plymouth harbour rescued by line
Carried out Core
and local survey by detached party in Padstow
survey completed (September)
Carried out extensive sweeping using Sonar
outfits and two boat sweep techniques in
Sound of Harris
interruptions by gales (September).)
Sweeping trials in Loch Long and Loch Fyne
Firth of Lone survey - weekends in Oban (October)
Took part in Armistice Day ceremonies at
Special survey of Liverpool Bay for local
port authority on return passage
Third Commission 1955 - 56
Cdr. PJD Hayter
Period (December 1954 - March 1955).
Two Range DECCA Survey System fitted
(Note: Master Station and large aerial unit
installed on board
Storage facilities provided for the
associated two Slave Stations.
A series of meetings attended by
Admiralty specialist and manufacturer
was held to plan acceptance trials.
Sites were selected on Bristol
Channel coast for the Slave Station
DECCA Trials (March - May 1955).
based at Barry.
Position visually fixed from selected
positions to confirm the position
determined by the radio signals.
Initial delays due to lack of
cooling for power supply generators and
damp conditions affected operation of
in ship's windlass and poor visibility
caused further delays.
Equipment performance at distances
up to 40 miles from land was
Plymouth in late April.
during May also unsuccessful.
All the equipment returned to manufacturer
Repeat Trials planned for September during
programmed survey work in the NW
UK West Coast Survey Continuation Work (1955 - 56).
Carried out Arran Mile measurements using
Taut Wire gear
Firth of Lorne and Loch Fyne
work commenced by detached parties for
boat sounding and tidal measurements.
Reconnaissance work to identify suitable
sites for Slave Stations needed for
repeat Two Range DECCA trials (June)
Stations set up on Gavellach
Island and on Isle of
Hill (July - August)
Two Range DECCA System calibration and
repeat trials carried out (September -
Overall performance satisfactory and
results 'exceeded all expectations'
recommended to ship and slave equipment
to improve reliability.
Wreck of CATO fixed in Bristol Channel with
assistance from HM Trawler STEEPHOLM
sweeping off Welsh coast.
Tide pole set at Pembroke Dock (April 1956)
Slave Stations established on Ulster coast
and at Machrinhanish
on Mull of Kintyre.
Detached party landed on Islay to set up
tidal measurement equipment (April).
Annual Inspection at Londonderry (May).
West Coast Survey Continuation Work
(1955 - 56).
North Channel and islands work continued
(May - November).
Tidal stream measurements and checks at
Castle Bay, Barra
for planned Royal visit (May)
Checks made on Scottish commercial DECCA
Chain and period of oceanographic work
Bergen with civil and naval hospitality
Wreath laid at
British War Grave cemetery.
survey at Anglesea
by Detached Party (October -
sounding work carried out off SW Ireland
Anglesey work continued with detached party
during refit period.
Fourth Commission 1957 - 59
Commissioned: 13 March 1957
Officer: Commander HR Hatfield
board after sea trials (February).
visited ship at sea prior to departure
on 18 March for foreign
Pacific Survey area (March - June).
Damage to upper deck equipment including Liferafts
by heavy weather in SW Approaches.
examination and oceanographic work
during passage to
central Pacific via Azores, West Indies
emergency when the First Lieutenant
(Lieut. Cdr. J.
Raton) accidentally spilled ammonia on
his face (May)
Air-lift requested from USN to ensure
Patient initially transferred to ss
CITY OF OXFORD inward bound for Panama
and later to a US
Colon hospital later reported no
permanent damage to eyes and would
rejoin ship after completion of
at High speed during this emergency made
significant demands on fuel.
economies included use of Quarterdeck
awning as a sail !
Joined other RN ships off Maiden Island for
Dress Rehearsal of Test.
Present for explosion of a megaton weapon
dropped from an aircraft on 15 May.
Personnel not essentially required
assembled on F'xle
and wore anti-flash gear.
Some sounding work was carried out before
sailing for Samoa.
examinations before arrival in Fiji on 6
Formal welcoming ceremony and
preliminary discussion held
on seasons work.)
provided aircraft for aerial
reconnaissance of Natewa
Bay and Vuya
publicity after incident during practice
for Queen's Birthday Parade when
Petty Officer accidentally
fell into water near ship.
relations established with local
community leaders and Fijian RNVR.
Carried out Self Maintenance Period at
measurements and sampling during passage
return to Suva (June - July).
work in Fiji area based at Natewa
Assisted by Fijian RNVR vessel VTTI
(ML3555) in Vuya
Passage south of Vanua Lew.
This proved of restricted value and was
discontinued (July to November 1957).
parties landed for tidal measurements
R&R periods personnel enjoyed
traditional ceremonies including
with Kava refreshment and dancing
exhibitions with choral
Ship open to
visitors and sporting exchanges
cinema shows ashore - later a standard
feature with Children's parties.
annual Hibiscus Festival at Suva also
attended by 4 USN ships and
Entry of float
"Mrs Hibiscus" drawn by ship's Landrover
won a prize for 'most amusing entry'
out Preliminary examination of Tarawa in
for 1958 work (November 1957)
inspection at Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand.
Refit at RNZN Dockyard, Auckland
(December 1957 to March
Local Navy League members arranged
accommodation on sheep
farms for ships
CinC FES on
Magnetometer arrived for use on
passages, supervised by UK scientist
contact with NZ research team
established programme of
work to be undertaken
delayed by collision with Calliope Dock
Auckland and by delivery of new power
supply generators for 2 Range DECCA.
for Solomon Islands via Suva; Fiji on 17
March 1958 with
two RNZN sporting trophies
This was specially allowed to be carried
off Station by
Goff-Davies who was an Ex LOCH Class
were 2 absentees on leaving but 1 was
Survey (March - July).
Survey programme agreed on arrival. First since HM Ships
PINGUIN (Circa 1895) and SEALARK
(Note: Many triangulation marks from 1947
US survey had not survived.
Recent increase in manganese export
trade made present tasks
additionally important and positions of
found to be incorrect.
Detached parties landed at Honiara and Gizo.
Ship carried out soundings, Taut Wire
measurements, Reef Fixing and sweeping
work, in Gizo
Strait and New Georgia Sound.
observations made at Gizo
in Garden of High
Whilst at Honiara for Queen's Birthday
Parade embarked High Commissioner
for day at sea.
During passage to Port Moresby to refuel, Packlington
Reef inspected and leak in Lower Naval
On return paid first RN visit to Mono
(Treasury Islands) for 12 years.
(Note: Position found 4.50 miles east of
Unconventional football match and cinema
75% of population (100) came on board
when 'open to visitors' (June).
New Proton Magnetometer proved efficient
and economic if carefully
Significant magnetic field strength
changes noted in areas with 'sea-
Facilities for R&R at Honiara not
outstandingly suitable for
personnel in survey ships which spent
employed at sea
contacts with Europeans.
Cinema shows in isolated
communities a great attraction.
Shoal examination work on passage to
(Note: Reception in this small community
quite remarkable and due recognition of
the efforts made by the Returned
League (Australian equivalent of
the Royal British Legion) was made by
Hong Kong with Paying-off Pennant
flown on departure from Port Moresby
Royal Marines Band greeted ship on arrival
(Note: Due to delay in air transport
re-commissioning deferred and volunteers
steamed ship to Hong Kong arriving
on 7 August
at Hong Kong (August - November).
Hull Corrosion area found smaller than
expected. Boiler tubes replaced without
delay in completion.
All survey boats were refitted after very
extensive use in previous year.
(Note: Plan to provide crew for MFV 1540
intended for use at Honiara cancelled by
Commodore Hong Kong when
flooded soon after departure for Leyte.
satisfactory but some defects in
electronic gear remained (November).
Ship's cat failed to re-join and found
in HMS ST BRIDES BAY.
New Britain (November).
Shoal and reef examinations on east coast
reported by USS BENHAM in 1944 found to
extend from 1500 fathoms to 21 fathoms.
Second reef found 5 miles NW of its
charted position and new name
proposed "Unexpected Bank"
Carried out examination of Philippines
Trench for 11 hours with depths over
4,500 fathoms measured
Islands survey Continuation
(November 1958 - February 1959).
Shoal Examination in New Ireland area at
LIHRI and BUKA Islands.
with boat at BINA Harbour and ship
work at FUI Bay, Malaita
found of recent volcanic activity in
BUKA area with deep water and shoals
Cat rejoined at Honiara.
of windlass shaft.
(Note: Two hours needed to anchored
weighed using boat winch and improvised
Repaired later at
at BINA considered very necessary and
worth maximum effort possible.
(Note: Special written request received
from local headman at village of Arabala
on island of
Villagers were allowed on board and
Doctor visited local Mission
Pacific survey Continuation (November
1958 - February 1959).
Port Moresby with superlative
hospitality once again.
invitations for Children's Party on Xmas
Day and also to Cinema show.
New shallow water area south of Guadalcanal
found on New Year's Day.
(Note: This was identified provisionally as
‘New Year Bank’ and surveyed later
Weather conditions during depressions
reminiscent of those in Atlantic.
Increase in defect load noted,
particularly distiller pump, and
with boilers and generators.
conditions considered primary causeof
increased defect load. and
delay in obtaining spares
Fleet Boilermaker visited ship at Port
Increase in malaria cases noted and
attention paid to correct use of Paludrine.
Collected Detached Parties who had
completed work at Bina
(Note: Cinema performance and Doctor visit at
Briefed District Commissioner at Malaita
navigational features affecting Royal
Sailed for Sydney to exchange Captain and
surveying teams joining by air from UK.
Shoal examinations on passage. Selfridge
(Note: This was originally reported by USS
Kelso Bank delineated and 24 fathom least
on arrival at Sydney with much
interest in ship's cat (3 March).
Commander JSN Prior
Officers at Sydney (March).
Outstanding repair work carried out and
liaison with RAN Hydrographic
authorities and civil
scientists relating to
in South Pacific area.
Whilst on passage to Fiji diverted to
Auckland because of Main Engine defect
and hull leak.
Advance party sent by air to Labasa to prepare
for survey of approaches.
corrosion discovered during docking.
DED extended and Station Leave granted.
On completion of repair sailed for surveys
in Fiji Islands(May)
(Note: Five absentees on sailing.
Area Survey (May – July 1959)
Shoal examination and Oceanographic Station
work on passage.
ceremony an arrival (See later).
lighter reduced time taken for survey
work in Labasa
identification needed because of use by
8,000 ton merchant vessels collecting
Passage south of the island of Vanua Levu
Boiler defect due to distorted tubes
limited power available.
delayed also by weather and E/S defect.)
Attended Queen's Birthday Parade at Labasa and
provided Gun Salute (June).
SMP at Suva third hole discovered in
Engine Room - repaired by Shallow Water
Survey of Passage between Ovalau Island and Viti
at Levuka. Weekends spent at Levuka
to local Survey Department at Suva.
(Note: During this period an increase in
malaria cases was again noted.
Detached Party sent ahead by RNZAF aircraft
to start survey at Betio
Surveys (August to November 1959).
by RN ship to Tarawa in recent years.
(Note: Anchored off Betio.
Social exchanges and Cinema landed.
TELLUROMETER proved most valuable for
work in this survey period.
Detached Party with boats accommodated in
RNZAF Bairiki and another at Nikunau
SMP at Suva with reduced party left at
survey between Abemama
Island and Lagoon.
Detached Party and ship used (September -
Boat investigation made to ensure safe
During this period snip was without mail
and gave no leave for 23 days in
Islands Surveys (August to November
Attended Hibiscus Festival at
Suva and entered new design Float
Returned to Gilbert & Ellice
Fixed position of Abemama Island
(Note: Result five mile different
from US Chart.
Completed in November,
ship with assistance from prisoners in
Carried out Sketch survey
shoal examination (October)
Attended Feast and
dancing display (Batere)
received grass skirt.
Carried out Running
survey at Nui Island – 3.5 mile
discrepancy (North of charted position).
Island and Stewart Island
at Port Moresby and Rendezvous with HM
out Shoal examinations in Flores Sea.
Annual Inspection carried out
before Paying off (December 1959)
off at Singapore for Extended Refit on
14 December 1959.'
Sixth Commission 1961 - 62
20 March 1961
Officer: Commander J Paton
During Extended Refit the changes made included:
Improved living acccomodation
with cafeteria messing Extensive work on
boilers which were re-tubed
During Extended Refit in 1960 the
changes made included: (Cont.)
Installation of new variant of improved
DECCA (LAMDA) with
in Blacksmith's Shop.
Old site converted for use as Asian
Mess and Tailors shop.
Original radar (Type 972) replaced
by latest design for survey use (Type
Incomplete delivery of items
delayed setting to work and acceptance
New Echo Sounding Gear Type 771
which was supplied without operating
instructions and spares
Air conditioning provided in
Chartroom, Canteen/Sick Bay and Radar
Plotting Room enlarged, layout
and natural ventilation improved.
Inspection of hull showed it
seemed in excellent condition.
Particular attention was drawn by Commanding
Officer to following aspects
to completely destore
ship with all items landed into shore
custody by dockyard.
and maintenance of all Hydrographic
equipment whilst not in use.
habitability in Messdecks.
Important role of naval
stores staff especially during refit
periods such as
in first supply of part of 979 Radar and
spares for other new equipment.
out LAMBDA Equipment Trials in Malayan
area (April - May
out at Paula Ticman
Survey Ship DAMPIER in company.
DECCA Slave Stations set up
ashore to carry out trials using new
(Note: Assistance provided by
848 Squadron HMS BULWARK to land and
collect heavy items.
Collection also assisted by
helicopters from 825 Squadron HMS
Clearance of sites by new ships
company provided a foretaste of many
including the attendant risk of injury
and the need for reliable radio
for surveying or for emergency purposes.
The importance of trouble free
operation of power supply generator
equipment for Slave Stations as
the earlier acceptance trials off the
west coast of Scotland was again
Passage to New Hebrides (May -
Soundings were made along
proposed route for Commonwealth
telephone cable in Celebes Sea.
(Note: Calls made at Miri, Borneo and
Port Moresby for fuel.
Contacts made with HM Australian
Survey Ships DIAMANTINA and PALUMA.
to New Hebrides (May
Prior to arrival at Vila
weather conditions deteriorated.
(Note: Defects in radar and
E/S equipment not repaired due to lack
of spares required and
Hydrographic survey requirements discussed
authorities at Vila after official
exchange of calls.
(Note: Social and porting
exchanges during the three day visit
Medical emergency during
passage to Suva for Planned maintenance
period required diversion to Luganvilla,
Santo Island where operation was carried out
ashore on ME1 rating (July).
Impressive ‘Fijian’ welcome
After Maintenance Period at
Suva commenced survey programme NW of Vanau
on north coast of Vanau
(Note: This seemed more intense
as ship considered 'local property – as
‘HM Fijian Ship COOK’
Presentation of two whales teeth
(TAMBUA) - usually made by swinmers,
one to give
permission to anchor
other to land.
Followed by YAQONA rituals attended
by Captain and 50 others at which local
'brew' , KAVA
Dancing and singing by the local ccranunity
followed in profusion.
A Turtle was then presented to the
ship but in accordance with local
practice returned for the entertainers
enjoy as a
Survey (July - September).
Detached parties landed at Malau
for tidal readings and at Visoggo
with boats for local soundings and
Assistance provided by local Fijians.
In addition the community at Visoggo
for the party and ensured services were
available including clothes washing,
provision of food, cooking and mail
collection by 'runner'.
Fijian Islands (Vanau
(Note: The local 'Ratu'
or Headman had fought the Japanese
between 1942 and 1944. Perhaps this
an opportunity to make a contribution
to demonstrate his allegiance to the Crown
These outstanding efforts by a
small community were recognised by
arranging a special visit to the ship
children and by social entertainment for
the local notables.
A Cinema performance
ashore was provided.
The Captain noted in a his Report
of Proceeding that the Fijians recognise
the Royal Navy
as their personal
with the Crown.
During survey around the
northern island (Vanua Levu)
R&R periods were
spent at Labassa
Reduced standard of behaviour
of ships company
was being influenced by a 20% element
of Junior Ratings who had
known poor records of Conduct.
Weather conditions allowed good
progress but an accident on 5 August
when an officer
work fell and injured his back.
Emergency return made to
for hospital attention to compression
fracture of back and
to his spinal chord.
(Note: Casualty was evacuated to UK from Suva later.)
R&R at Malau
Survey work in Savu Savu
passages completed and returned to Suva
work in Gilbert and Ellice Group
local official for passage to Tarawa.
(Note: Stay limited to 9 days
by fuel availability)
Main effort made at Abaiang Lagoon
including use of detached party.
relations were established with shore
communities of Beito
Additional task to fix island
made by party embarked in Government
Continuation work at Vanau Levu
(Note: Need for future
alongside berthing for SMP at Suva
Maintenance Period at Levuka
Island coincided with 'Cession Day' to
the transfer to Britain in 1874.
part in parade and later Dancing
Advance Party sent for
reconnaissance of Tasman Strait between
TAVEUNI and NGAMEA
Large Scale survey at Savu
Note: Impressive local
Due to weather conditions
sampling and water
activities were unprofitable
in Remembrance Parade at
Suva before leaving Fiji.)
to Auckland (November).
out Harbour survey at Vila, New
Medical case evacuated by RNZAF
good weather damage to paintwork and
fittings at Bay of
Islands before entry.
Docking and annual inspection
were carried out at Auckland (December)
Return Passage to Fiji (January
Hydrographic work at Vila, New Hebrides
resumed and harbour survey completed.
(Note: Divers and 70 Ton pump
assisted Swedish mv
CARLA with leak.)
Continuation Survey in Fijian
Waters (February – April
LAMBDA assisted survey with
boat work in approaches to RINGGOLD
CHANNEL, NE of Vanua Levu.
(Note: At Fijian Government
request in anticipation of increased
Bauxite export requirements.
Green Slave Station established
Red Slave position at Ihikombia
Island (North of
Group) proved unsatisfactory
as natives unfriendly.
Alternate site at Wailangilala used.
Both stations operational by 23
February but Green Slave resited
party with two boats at Wainunu
Survey in Fijian Waters (February –
(Note: Two calves presented by French Consul.
Mat RE party
working on blasting of reefs at Savu
Social visit to Somo-Somo
dancing displays and return school
Dangerous situation due to Steering
failure near Undu
Point avoided by quick response to
'Full Astern' demand.
Report made "Constant state of alertness has to be
maintained in these waters
this the 'Gypsies Warning' for 1 October
Survey completed (700 Square
miles) and Slaves dismantled (April).
Easter spent at Levuka, Ovalau
discovered in survey boats gave
rise to concern.
Gilbert Islands survey (May -
Detached parties landed with
boats at Tamana
with ship sounding between islands.
Marakei Island found to be 5 miles West of
landed at Tamana
local feast and dancing.
canoes overturned with
many wet grass
skirts as a result
married at Suva during
Captain addressed Fijian Society on hydrographic work in Fijian
Detached party landed at Arorae for
stellar observations and ship carried
in Queens Birthday Parade.
(Note: New Union Flag presented
.Sketch Survey carried out at Maiana
to Singapore (June - July).
Large crowd with Police band
attended departure from Suva after 12
months duty (20 June).
All on board had good cause to
recall with pleasure the generous
hospitality of the local people who had
contributed so much to assist the work
Called at Port Moresby for fuel
and thence via Carimati
Note: Ship under surveillance
by Indonesian aircraft
Oceanographic measurements made including
magnetometer and gravimeter readings in
New Hebrides area
and subsequently (July 1962).
Refit Period (August -
Officer: Lieut. Cdr. MJ Stumbles
Refit began on 20 July and new
ships company joined
(Note: 11 Junior Seaman Ratings
and Chinese Galley staff
had all joined by end August.
items other than survey boats all
Date which was most unusual.
All trials completed by 24
Engine Room equipment results
were satisfactory but aging electronic
equipment required further attention.
Seventh Commission 1962- 64
6 October 1962
Officer: Commander FW Hunt, MBE
Host to visiting Dutch Survey Ship SNELLIUS during this visit
Passage to Tarawa to Gilbert
& Ellice Islands (October -
suspicious vessel off Kiadat.
Note: James Cooks’ birthday
observed on board.
water sampling in Mindanao Trench for
Passage to Tarawa to Gilbert
& Ellice Islands (October -
New measurement recorded - 6297
(Note: This reading was later
considered suspect due to use of
- See below). Bathythermographic
work restricted after loss of
Passage to Tarawa to Gilbert
& Ellice Islands (October -
Extent of LYRA Reef determined
and variations in depth between 20 and
2000 fathoms measured.
(Note: Work continued day and
taken for British Museum.
During this task accuracy of deep
water Sounding measurements was suspect
thus putting in doubt the
obtained in October for the Mindanao
and Ellice Continuation (November 1962
- February 1963).
After arrival at Tarawa
detached parties landed at NONOUTT,
KURIA and BUTARITARI.
Ship soundings as well as Gravitoneter
and Magnetometer measurements made
Carried out position fixing of
(Note: Radar used extensively as
TELLUROMETER not available.
Echo Sounder outfit E/S 771 not
satisfactory for deep soundings
(November - December).
Christmas spent at at Suva with
alongside secure berthing and workshop
Preparations made for Street
Lining during Royal visit
VSO civilians embarked (2 male and 1
for work on islands.
Water (Fiji) Survey continuation work
(January - March
Two Range Decca Stations
established at Viti
passage in anticipation of Royal Yacht
(Note: Fijian and Indian
community welcome ceremonies at Port
Ellington and Vaileka.
Over 2,000 visitors despite 8 mile
journey to ship.
Met Royal Yacht at LAUTGKA and
accompanied her to Suva.
before arrival due to delay of Royal
(Note: Street lining party not
used (2 March 1963)
Detached parties remained to
Visit to New Zealand (February -
Attended Waitangi Day ceremony
and provided 60 ratings for crowd
Auckland with his Broad Pennant in HMNZ
is an annual ceremony to
commemorate the signing of the Treaty
between the Maori Chiefs
Ships illuminated (5-7
During passage to Auckland with
HM Submarine TAPIR, some exchanges of
ratings went overland.
Station Leave granted during the six
to Bligh Water survey on completion of
self maintenance. (12 March)
Continuation of Fiji Survey
On arrival landed detached
party on Yanuda
Island. Work delayed by Decca
progressed but Motor cutter damaged on
Later it was salved and repaired)
Passage and Round Island Passage ship
sounding and sweepingcarried
experienced with Two Range Decca
Diverted by Search and Rescue
duty NE Canton Island in Phoenix Group
for Royal Flight to USA (28 March).
Shoal examination work
confirmed 1943 US data.
Bear Admiral Irving (Hydrographer)
and Mr Pascoe (Chief Civil Hydrographic
(Note: Visits were also paid to
and radar failures.
to Suva via Vatui
to disembark party (6 April).
Inspection and Docking at Auckland
(April – May 1963).
GEMINI dinghy supplied which
later proved a valuable asset to survey
Return passage to Suva with NZ
ornithologist and Decca engineer
embarked to investigate LAMBDA problems
Diverted to Suva for medical
case (9 June)
Water Continuation Survey (June).
camp re-established on Yandua
(Note: Decca investigation
resulted in only slight improvement.
Ship sounding work continued
with completion target date of mid-July.
During fuelling visit to Suva
prepared to give
during South Pacific Games.
Visit extended to allow maximum
maintenance effort in view of future
Mr. E.D. Stroup of Baltimore
University for oceanographic
Heavy Duty Bathythermograph
Survey and Oceanographic Work
in Gilbert and ELlice
(July - August)
Detached Party landed at Nonouti with
boat for local repeat survey.
day farewell visit to Tarawa with
sounding at Nonouti
survey at Tabitevea
investigation near Ocean
(Note: Part of an International
project to examine equatorial currents
central Pacific area.)
sampling and current readings down to
400 metres at 50 metre
undercurrents found at 200 metres.)
Ridge investigation carried out
at position between Tarawa and Mainana
measurements made in Mainana
swing and soundings
on passage to Ocean Island.
Carried out Seamount
investigations in Tabituea
Special survey made to prepare
for laying of deep moorings for buoys at
work proved difficult and time
Gilbert and Ellice Islands competitors
for South Pacific
Games at Suva.
period at Suva.
Provided Assistant Camp
Commandants and Timekeepers for Games
(Note: Presentation was made to
ship made for help given (August -
Manned and cheered ship with 17
when HE Governor left in rms
Bligh Water Continuation work
Completed sounding work for
which air photographs proved valuable.
Electrical storm affected operation of 2
Range DECCA. After
SMP at Suva recommenced survey on 1
Grounding of HMS
COOK at Suva 1 October 1963)
At 1737 whilst seeking a
satisfactory anchorage near Vatu - Ra
on a coral head and was badly holed
after 10 hours. Hull examination of hull
showed major flooding.
In order to carry out temporary
repair on slip at Suva, 1300 tons of
carried out included use of divers from
Aftermath of Grounding
Board of Enquiry convened at
Suva on 15 October.
President: Captain BE Turner,
RNZN (HMNZS ROYALIST)
Member - Commander J. S. N. Pryor ((H)
Charge HMS DAMPIER).
Crew accommodated at RNZAF Lauthala
Repair completed and ship refloated
(27 October 1963)
Ready for sea after equipment
refitted (22 November 1963).
During the non-operational
period local survey work was completed
by detached parties and ship's boats at
help was also
provided by the New Zealand
survey vessel HMZNS LACLAN which also
Slave Stations (October)
The ships saluting guns were
landed for use by Fijian Military
Farewell to Fiji (November).
Various tasks were carried out
before departure including
(Note: One of these was the provision:
of assistance to US
Yacht FJORD in which had run aground at
Salvage awards (DCI 1077/65)
for the Captain and less than £1 for the
ship sounding on approaches to Bligh
Swept channel off Labassa, Vanua Levu
depth for safe use by manganese ore
Inspection made of reef passage
(Note: Prior to departure from
Fiji the Vanivalu
of Fiji, Ratu
George K Cakabua,
presented two Fijian War Clubs
NGANDI – a Peace dub and WAKA - a
War Club) for retention by the RN
Surveying Service in
of the close association of the survey
ships with the islands in recent years.
A particularly strong rapport had been
established with HMS COOK which had
become known locally as
to Singapore (December).
sugar and building materials for
delivery to New
stores for use at Tongoa
hurricane during November.
Called at Honiara, British Solomons
(Note: A geologist was embarked
for New Georgia and investigated
eruptions in Blanche
Core samples were obtained.
Shore survey was carried out at
the end of telecommunications cable in
NE New Guinea at Madang.
at Manus for fuel.
at sea followed by refuelling again at
Year at sea.
Arrived Singapore on 3 January
(Note: At a Court Martial held
at Singapore on 10/11 January. Captain
found Guilty of hazarding and stranding
Officer: Lt. Cdr M J Stumbles
on 12 January.
Indonesian Gunboat approached
in Strait but left when Royal Malayan
Navy Motor Launch appeared.
New Captain joined ship at Gan
Officer: Commander RAG Nesbit
Commendations for services
after Grounding were promulgated during
this period: -
Chief Shipwright JF Norris and
Leading Seaman DJ Wilkinson
at sea after leaving Gan
at Aden, Malta and Gibraltar.
F i n
a l P h a s e
On arrival in Home Waters on 24
February 1964 the Hydrographer
of the Navy embarked
the ship wore
his flag for
its return to Devonport Dockyard
for the last time.
HMS COOK was withdrawn from
service and Paid
off on 1st May 1954. The ship was placed
in Reserve and destored.
She was put on the Disposal List and in
1968 sold to
BISCO for demolition. In April that year
she was towed to Zeebrugge