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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 1997

HMS PETEREL - Peterel-class River Gunboat

HMS Seamew, similar to HMS Peterel (Photo Ships, click to enlarge) return to Contents List   
 

Replacement River Gunboat ordered from Yarrow Ltd with HMS GANNET and launched on 18th July 1927 as the 5th RN ship to carry the name. It was introduced in 1777 for a Survey  Sloop (Ex   DUCHESS OF MANCHESTER) and was last used for a destroyer built in 1899 which was sold in 1919. After completion in 1928 the ship was disassembled and shipped to Hong Kong for re-assembly before being  deployed in the with the Yangtse Flotilla at Shanghai to provide a British  presence for the protection of British flagged shipping and British nationals.

 

B a t t l e   H o n o u r s

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H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge:  On a Field Silver, a  peterel in flight Black.

 

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Reck not:    'Care notí.

 

 

D e t a i l s    o f   W a r   S e r v i c e

 

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1 9 3 9

 

September                    Deployed with Yangtse Flotilla.

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December

 

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                                      Deployment with Yangtse Flotilla in continuation.

 

1 9 4 1

 

January                          Yangtse duties in continuation.

to                                    The ship was disarmed during this period and  remained at Shanghai.

November

 

December

                     8th              Japanese cruiser IDZUMO threatened ship at Shanghai.

                                        She refused to surrender and was sunk by gunfire.

                                        (Casualty List - note on casualties)

 

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