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1 9 4 8
Carried out First of Class harbour and Sea Trials
to (Note: First of
the conversions to Survey Ship to be completed
April. Manned by
Trials complement and after extensive trials consequential repair work
was completed by HM Dockyard.)
4th Commissioned for foreign service in the Far East
. (Note: Seven Assistant Hydrographers
were included in complement.)
Commanding Officer: Captain K. St.B Collins,
(Later Rear Admiral, KBE,.DSC and Hydrographer
1957 to 1960).
First Commission 1948 - 50.
18th Took passage from Chatham and on completion of D/F
calibration sailed for Devonport.
22nd Sailed from
Devonport for foreign service.
26th Emergency repair
work carried out at Gibraltar after rough passage
Resumed passage on completion.
July Passage in Red Sea and Indian Ocean with call at Aden.
(Note: Oceanographic measurements and shoal examinations
were carried out on passage.
27th Searched for B29
aircraft which crashed when taking off at night from Khormaksar, Aden,
(Note: No survivors found.
Wreckage located by radar and buoyed.
Diverted to Colombo to land rating for medical
Joined BPF at Singapore (August).
September Carried out Malayan Coasts Survey based at Singapore.
to (Note: These
included Kelentan (East) and Bintulu
(West). Klang Strait,
October and Port Swettenham.
On completion took passage to Hong Kong
December Under refit and docking at Hong Kong
(Note: Work done included replacement of Starboard Danforth anchor by 34cwt Stockless
type and Hawse pipe modified.
1 9 4 9
January Refit in continuation
to New Commanding
Officer: Commander SJ Hennesey, RN (19/01/49)
April Carried out Survey in Borneo area.
to (Work included Batang Sadong and Labuan (Ship and Detached parties)
June Brunei Bay (Ship) and Brunei River (Detached Parties)
July Docking and
Essential Defects at Singapore
deployed for survey on East coast of Malaya
(Note: Work included Sermut Abi; Kota Bahru area and Kelentan.
August Despatched to Hong Kong for special new requirement.
Carried out Deep Bay local survey
with protection provided by RM Commando unit.
September Deep Bay survey in progress
7th Typhoon conditions experienced
with winds of up to 100 mph which enforced
move from normal anchorage to a better position off TAINKEN Island.
(Note: Two dinghies were wrecked on quarterdeck.
Flooding caused due to poor fitting
of scuttles and superstructure doors.
Commanding Officer reported overall behaviour to be reassuring . ).
to Pratas Reef to repair damaged Meteorological
Equipment but unsuccessful.
Returned to Singapore to continue
East Coast survey.
October East Coast survey in
to (Note: Work
included Perhentian Island to Sungei
Continuous sounding and 'least depth' determination recorded over wrecks
China Sea on passage to
and from survey area.
December Taken in hand for Annual Refit
and Docking at Hong Kong
1 9 5 0
January Under refit
to (Note: Work
included fit of Electrical driven davits.
April Repair of Hall structure damage sustained on
Funnel height extended by 6 feet which later proved fully worthwhile and
effect of fumes and heat haze in bridge area.
completion took passage to Borneo
May Carried out survey
between Labuan and Gaya Bay
Returned to Singapore to re-commission
(Note: New Ship's Company from Chatham Depot travelled in HM
Light Fleet Aircraft
Carrier OCEAN and transferred with ships
lying in adjacent berths.
20th Survey work was
resumed off North Borneo between Labuan and Gaya Bay
1950 - 54
June Survey carried out at Victoria Harbour
commercial Timber development facilities were well in hand)
July Carried out survey
of Tioman Exercise area.
August Transferred for further
Malayan coast work including Cibu Channel to Blair Harbour,
to Klang Strait and Penang)
Passage to Hong Kong for annual refit.
Shoal examination, least depth assessment of wrecks and continuous soundings on
passage with Bathythermograph measurements.
1 9 5 1
January Under refit
to (Note: Local shoal
examination work was undertaken at Hong Kong.
April Detached party was
deployed on DG Range survey at Singapore.
Commanding Officer: Commander RH Connell (16/03/51).
May Resumed Borneo East
Coast survey work including Tanjong Batu to Batang Tatau)
to (Note: Extensive
use of Detached Parties for setting up Marks, Triangulation and Tide
Body of civilian Manager taken to Miri at
request of Timber Company.
July Passage to Singapore for Docking period.
Extended because of replacement of bearings in "A"
31st Dockyard work
August Resumed NE Borneo coast survey at Kuala Similajou
to Detached Party
October Passage to continue Malayan coast survey.
carried out at Singapore and Penang
November On completion took passage to Hong Kong for annual refit.
During passage affected
by Typhoon AMY with
wind speeds up to 80 knots and heavy seas.
(Note: Commanding Officer reported:
'Behaviour beautiful in a sea way with dry foc'sle but very wet quarterdeck.’
'Little pounding but needed to keep Revolutions for 9 knots
to hold required
‘Damage to hull structure below waterline added to Defect
December Taken in hand for refit by HM
Dockyard, Hong Kong.
1 9 5 2
January Under refit
to Local survey work
April Passage to resumed
survey on West coast Borneo survey
May Survey in continuation
including periods at Tanjong Pandaras
to (Note: Extensive
liaison established with shore survey authorities in Borneo.
Identified need for US co-operation during future work
Ship and Detached parties used for Sandakan - Marudu Bay area.
of Japanese tanker using A/S and E/S equipment (May)
Returned to Singapore to re-commission and for
Third Commission 1952-54.
15th Commissioned for service
September Under refit
Parties carried out work in Pulau Tioman.
Resumed survey including Burong, To Kong Bara,
Sirbuat, Hariman and Sembilang.
November Deployed on West Coast Malaya continuation
Detached Parties at
Penang and Georgetown.
Diverted for special wreck investigation in Brunei Bay.
Passage to Hong Kong for refit with calls at Manila and at US Navy Base at Subic Bay
for US equipment. (12 December)
Taken in hand for annual refit period and docking.
(Note: Extensive preparation of Charts was carried out
during these periods)
1 9 5 3
January Under refit
to Dockyard work
Replacement of Tail
Shaft bearings by new type.
Engines re-aligned in accordance with 1952 Directive from Admiralty.
New Bottom Search Asdic, Type 162 fitted.
Outfit Type 767 to replace E/S Type 765 not available.)
work using ship's boats was carried out.
New Commanding Officer: Commander JC Grattan, DSC* (05/03/53)
April. On completion of
dockyard work carries out Full Power Trial
(Note: Speed - 18 knots after many problems rectified
Took passage to resume North East Borneo continuation.
Survey in continuation including Labuan area and Kennedy Bay for shoal examination
using newly installed
Work included Sibuang to Billean; Darvel Bay; Kudat
Ship and Detached Parties were used for these
June Work suspended to attend
Coronation ceremonies at Sandakan with Parades and visits
by Tribal dignitaries. Ship was illuminated and Open to
8th Returned to
of Stores Petty Officer carried out relating to
deficiency in Cash Clothing
Account. Result: Disrated and deprived of
GC Badges and LS Medal.
July Borneo survey tasks in continuation.
August On completion took passage to Singapore for Docking period
At Singapore for hull examination and
essential defect repair by HM Dockyard.
period local reef examinations were carried out.
On completion resumed Malayan East Coast survey.
to Motor Launches were deployed to
assist using portable Echo-sounding equipment
Detached parties were landed for Tidal and other observations.
November Transferred to West Coast of
Malaya including survey work at Penang with ship
anchored at Pulau Jerejak for extensive Boat work.
(Note: Royal Malayan Navy trainees embarked for sea
Passage to Hong Kong for annual refit
examination carried out off Jesselton.
11th Ship forced to
Hove to for 48 hours in excess
(Note: Upper Deck fittings broken and flooding of
compartments on Lower Deck.
Damage to underwater Asdic transducer fittings and hull structure.
Army personnel embarked for this trip accustomed themselves well !)
On arrival taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard.
1 9 5 4
January Under refit
to Work undertaken
included replacement of parts of Funnel Deck and Midships
March due to excessive corrosion.
Conditioning Unit fitted in Survey Chartroom
unit was had previously been fitted in Sick Bay.)
After trials took passage
to Singapore for Annual Inspection.
Resumed North East coast Borneo survey based at Labuan
Recommendation made that urgent need existed for improved navigational aids
August to be
provided around this coast.
Implementation was felt difficult because of financial constraints.
detached parties engaged in Billean - Kukuban area: where a 40 foot
sited on summit of Tigabu for a Beacon to be
installed with local
assistance and much effort required.
injured in swimming pool accident and evacuated by air with neck
vertebra fracture (May)
Queen's Birthday Parade at Sandakan with HMS NEWFOUNDLAND
(Flag officer 2nd
in Command, Far East Station
embarked) (5th and 6th June)
unsuccessful search with Mosquito aircraft for a pirate vessel after raid on
Island (24th June).
Visited Indonesia port of Tarakan. (16th-18th July).
(Note: Sluggish start but eventually hospitable conclusions
Carried out shoal
examinations on passage to Singapore for routine
September In hand for hull examination by
HM Dockyard, Singapore.
in accident with motor vehicle in Dockyard.
On completion resumed
East coast Malaya survey tasks in Aur - Tioman area
assistance provided at Paula Tioman.
with Motor Launch assistance sent to Penang to prepare for future work.
14th Deployed on
West coast Malaya at Penang.
Navy trainees embarked for sea experience
23rd Passage to Singapore to recommission
Notes on 3rd Commission
Contemporary documentation suggests a higher number of warrants for punishment
than would be expected. These included Leave breaking,
Drunkenness, and in one Neglect of
duty involving deficiency in cash accounting.
Embarkation of Royal
Malayan Navy personnel
(Commissioned Bos'n and 25 ratings)
very successful. Future Arrangements were made to include ME
and Supply Branch ratings in
Fourth Commission 1954-56
November Resumed West coast Malaya
survey based at Penang and included included
observations and an Oropesa Sweep
of Southern approach channel.
from HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE embarked.
December Passage to Hong Kong via Singapore for Annual
examination carried out in South China Sea using Taut Wire Measuring Gear for
Beacon laying. Bathythermograph measurements made.
On arrival at
Hong Kong taken in hand
for refit by HM Dockyard.
1 9 5 5
January Under refit.
to (Note: This was
marked by disciplinary problems some of which had to be dealt with by
Court Martial (See below).
included fitting of Echo-sounding Outfit Type 76? fitted.
Commanding Officer: Commander CRK Roe,
April Completion delayed
till 4 April by replacement of fuel pipework found to
completion took passage to Singapore during which Shoal examinations were made.
12th After arrival
despatched in emergency diversion to carry out search for missing civilian
aircraft KASHMIR EXPRESS near Natuma Island.
quickly and sailed with some libertymen still ashore.
13th Three survivors and three bodies
recovered and taken to Singapore
was later suggested that this was a result of sabotage as aircraft was carrying
representatives to an 'Afro-Asian' conference at Bandung).
14th Courts Martial
held (See above.)
Able Seaman charged with 'An act prejudicial ' -
Found Guilty and sentenced to 15 months
charged with 'Behaving with contempt' and other lesser charges - Pleaded Guilty
and sentenced to 9 months detention, 9 days pay stopped and
Deprived of 2 Good Conduct
Able Seaman charged with 'Using insulting language'
and other lesser charges.
and sentenced to 6 months detention and deprived of 1 Good Conduct Badge.
charged with 'Wilful disobedience', Striking a superior
officer, Actual bodily
harm and using insulting language. Pleaded Guilty and
sentenced to 30 months cells and
Dismissed the service.
Carried out Local survey in Singapore area.
parties for tide watching sent to Banaggi and Tigarbu.
May North Borneo survey in continuation in Mallawali Channel area.
parties carried out tidal observations and triangulation work.
Main Camp at Patanunma Island.
engaged in sweeping and sounding operations.
located at Tanjong Datu. whilst based at Sandakan and at Kudat
for R&R periods.
local fire-fighting at Jesselton (May)
June Attended Queen's
Birthday Parade at Sandakan
examination in Balabac Strait and Miri
Radar fixing used due to poor weather.
July Local harbour
survey work undertaken at Sandakan for SHELL petroleum
Magnetic observation using recently supplied
OHM and BMZ instruments.
Passage to Singapore.
Carried out survey in Singapore Roads survey before Docking Period.
Carried out Local surveys at
Woodlands and for planned jetty at Boom Defence Depot.
Docked at Singapore for routine Hull examination.
September On completion resumed East Coast Malaya survey between Telak and Kuala Rompin with
October Shallow Water Diving Team
Fixed position of Pulau Rosin in Gulf of Thailand.
Transferred to West Coast
Malaya for continuation of work including
November Work included southern approaches to Penang.
provided for Remembrance Ceremonial occasions at Penang
observations made at Pulau Rimau
and inshore surveying
observations carried out at Rimau Island
Beacons were lost in this period
completion of season’s work took passage to Hong Kong
for annual refit with call at
December Taut Wire Measurements,
soundings and shoal examinations in South China Sea on
passage to Hong Kong for refit.
caused damage and prevented completion of planned work
Taken in hand for by HM Dockyard, Hong Kong for refit and
1 9 5 6
to Work included
modernisation of Messdecks
February Installation of DECCA Track
Plotter Unit loaned for future work (See Below).
work undertaken at Hong Kong.
Commanding Officer: Commander ND Royds,
March On completion took
passage to Singapore to re-commission.
Fifth Commission 1956-1958
May Resumed North Borneo coastal
to Extensive use of
July Tide watching party
established at Mantanam Island and Rajang (Sarawak).
sited at Tawau by HMS MERLIN in 1910 found to have been
moved and had to
placed by HMS HERALD not found and datum remade by transfer from
New temporary DECCA Chain checked using
beacons and Track Plotter which proved to
proved be a great asset especially for soundings work.
(Note: One result of the work done during this period was to
establish that the shorter route
from Tawau to ports on NE coast
could be used safely.
This was adopted later by timber ships when improved Wallace Bay Saw
facilities had been brought into use.)
of Kumpit (Local craft) which was on passage to Philipines from Tawau and
wrecked on reef 10 miles north of Sempora.
Survivors were landed at Sempora and met by
shaft fractured and replaced by new sent from Singapore.
destroyed at Labuan at request of local authorities.
August Temporary DECCA Chain
set up for oil exploration removed and to no longer available
for RN use (August)
Increase of leave
breaking offences was noted during this period.
party landed at Mjara in Brunei Bay to continue work whilst ship in
Passage to Singapore for
Measured Mile in Singapore area surveyed
to check least clearance over reefs.
September Resumed North Borneo coastal survey continuation.
to Lack of local DECCA Chain made necessary
greater shore clearance work by shore parties to
October set up Marks.
(Note: This task was not popular.
Kudat used as base for collection of support requirements
always provided a good
reception and made ship's company welcome.
Labuan also used for R&R.
Detached Party in North West approaches to Mallalawi Channel. Mjara
November Transferred to west coast of Malaya to carry out small survey tasks in Port Swettenham area
and in Malacca Straits
party sent to Tanjong Kling work.
December On completion took passage to
for refit after call at Singapore.
Carried out Shoal examinations
on Macclesfield Bank.
Consort Island Lighthouse
fixed by intersection.
Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard on arrival.
1 9 5 7
January Under refit.
to During this
period the usual harbour tasks for hydrographers to
prepare charts from the results
March of the surveying work were carried out.
April On completion of
refit took passage to resume East coast of Malaya
May This period
required extensive use of Shore Parties for tide observations and of ships’
for setting up survey datum Beacons.
(Note: Despite lack of
entertainment the duty in isolated sites for tide measurement was very
as the extent of the tasks was not
overwhelming and little supervision was
Screw of one
boat was fouled by wire and barriers erected to protect divers from sharks
. A Slight 'Flu
epidemic occurred on board (May)
June Mail delivery was
carried out by RAF Sunderland aircraft (June)
to Kuala Pahang for Sultan's Jubilee but this proved disappointing.
July Leave during
R&R period restricted by lack of berth (July).
passage to Hong Kong soundings were made in Paracel Islands area.
Paid off into Dockyard control on arrival.
refit commenced by HM Dockyard.
work done was the installation of two Range DECCA Navigational; Aid
Equipment to improve accuracy of position fixing of survey datum
Beat parties were employed to re-survey at Singapore and also in Hong Kong
undertaken included: -Installation of Two Range DECCA equipment.
carried out by ship's staff during this period to become familiar with the
and handling of the equipment.
with Radio communication between Slave Stations and ship using US radio set
were not fully satisfactory as this equipment is not easily transported.
were made to accommodation by provision of bunks instead for use instead
Provision of Cafeteria
messing facilities was provided by changes to Galley arrangements.
1 9 5 8
January Under refit
Sixth Commission 1958 - 60.
Commissioned 18th July 1958
Officer: Commander EW Haslam, RN (20/05/58).
(Later Rear Admiral, CB, QBE and Hydrographer 1975
Army personnel from GREEN HOWARDS embarked
during sea trials.
Survey Ship HMS COOK
in company briefly before leaving Hong Kong
(Note: This was the first time two survey ships had been
together on Far East Station
August Machinery trials not
totally satisfactory but ship sailed to conform with survey programme.
Passage to Singapore with examination Helen Shoal in
at Singapore difficulties were experienced
in arranging the return of survey boats
repair in Singapore Dockyard.
SMASHEX exercise with HM Sloop CRANE, HM Destroyer CAVALIER and
Zealand Frigate ROTOITI to simulate emergency requirements for submarine
party sent to Pulua Tionan.
Carried Survey in Fleet Exercise areas K & L
measurement made from Pulau Aur
to 10 Beacon positions off shore
4th Survey Launch SEALARK lost off
Pulau Aur (4 Sept.),
Passage to West Coast
of Malaya to resume survey work using newly installed Two Range
October Slave Stations
equipment landed using lighter (5 ½ tons).
(Note: GREEN Station site
30 miles south of Butterworth on Chernose Estate.
Transfer proved difficult and involved difficult access by ferry and
RED Station site 6 miles south of Penang
on Dindings Estate)
Presence of snakes presented problems but easy access.
TCS used for
DECCA used for fixing with Survey Boats on either beam.
Some ‘ Lane Slipping ‘ experienced possibly due to chosen Slave sites.)
parties used for re-survey of Didings River approaches and left to continue
during forthcoming docking period.
18th Formal visit paid to Penang.
November Survey in continuation
Survey carried in area north of Cape Racchado for proposed new oil terminal
associated power station near Penang.
Position not recommended because of limited depth making costly dredging likely
Ground for breakwaters was also believed unsuitable (December 1958).
Note: Wilful disobedience charges against five
ratings necessitated Warrant
Passage to Singapore for docking.
repair in AFD 11 at Singapore
Port shaft bushes refitted to correct earlier work at Hong Kong.
Starboard Steam Generator rewired.
Boat winch defect repaired.
completion deployed for East Coast survey.
1 9 5 9
January Resumed West Coast
Malaya Two Range DECCA survey continued between Kuala Gula
to and Tanjong Hantu area (35 mile south
February R&R at Penang with children's parties.
Dindings Detached Party reported discrepancies with earlier
survey by HM Sloop in 1920’s
Crest presented to
Lumut Museum and accepted by Rajah.
Extensive use of boats
(Note: Significant wear on shafts since September 1958 noted.)
survey work to be resumed in November 1960.
24th Present during visit by HRH The Duke of
Edinburgh to Singapore Dockyard.
party for Borneo whilst Passage to Hong Kong (March).
Hong Kong with call in Borneo to disembark passengers
March At Hong Kong for Royal Visit
shoal investigation in Kowloon Bay for check on South Channel
not fully achieved because weather conditions prevent astro
3rd Present at departure of
Royal Yacht after visit by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Note: Recommendation made that Local Leave in Hang Kong for 7 days plus a
Long Weekend should be given to all ships companies of survey vessels in
in middle of each commission was made by
Commanding Officer HMS DAMPIER.
provide compensation in a better climate for hard work necessary
during hydrographic activities. In this period £7000 was withdrawn from
POSB facility with only £45 paid in.)
April Sailed from Hong
Kong for routine Hull examination and carried out
programme arranged during stay.
May Deployed for
continuation of East coast Malaya survey using Two Range DECCA
to Sites for
Slave Stations established with assistance from Army Landing Craft for
(Note RED Station sited 4 miles south of Mersing.
GREEN Station sited at Tanjong Datok, Johore.
During Special survey of Exercise areas off Palau Tioman. GREEN
transferred to position north of Kuantan (22
Work included Coastal area and inshore waters Kuala Pahang - Tanjong Gelang
and Tangjong Sirik -
Investigation of shoals discovered delayed
completion of programme.
mail deliveries were received
possible on 28 days out of 92 on task.
Boat work during R&R at Kuantan difficult in poor weather and at low water.
year of Commission 830 man-days lost through sickness ashore.
August Docking and Annual
Inspection at Singapore (August)
Ship won Far East Fleet Soccer Trophy.
work included extensive boiler re-tubing.
whalers unserviceable and repaired
sentenced to local detention for leave breaking offences.
September Deployed for joint survey tasks off Borneo with Sarawak Hydrographic
to Detached parties for Tide
Watching and Marking.
October Visits paid to Kuching and Miri for R&R.
23rd Diverted briefly to cross the
Equator for first time (23 October)
(Note: Night Leave given on
only seven nights during 52 days on
November Resumed survey tasks on West coast Malaya including Dindings River area and approaches
R&R week-ends at Penang.
sharing discussed with Malayan Director of Marine.
set-up for simultaneous observations at Port Swettenham
surveys carried out at Pintu Gedong
Bar, Kuala Batu and Port Dickson.
made in Klang Strait before return for to
re-commission at Singapore
December Passage to Singapore.
5th Arrived at Singapore
Statistics for commission ending December 1959 - 5,300 hours of boat survey
Taken in hand
for refit by HM Dockyard Singapore
Seventh Commission, 1960-61
1 9 6 0
Commanding Officer: Commander DW Haslam, RN (20/05/58).
February Under refit
to (Notes: Detached
party deployed in entrance to Johore Strait.
March One officer
narrowly escaped serious injury when he fell into a submerged trap whilst
carrying out coastal survey tasks.
of the new Survey Radar (Type 979) and TELLUROMETER equipment
279 was specifically designed for hydrographic use.
Radar Type 979 fit incomplete at end of
refit (Transformer required)
TELLUROMETER equipment designed in South Africa had
specifically for precision measurement of distance for surveying use.)
A&A to reduce high temperatures in Radar and DECCA compartments
Extensive hull maintenance and some deck plates renewed
2 Range DECCA
Equipment checked by manufacturer.
Propulsion Engine stripped and both Boilers partially re-tubed
6th Ship ready for new ship's company
for new season 6 April 1960.
Army Air Corps
party embarked during sea trials.
tasks off west coast Malaya
special survey of Port Dickson area to establish whether further commercial
existing facilities for use by Royal Malayan Navy was feasible
out of Perak River.
May Carried out shoal
examination in Java Sea in position where ss SOGNEFJELL had grounded
and Least Depth
established over two shoals which were fixed.
coast of Borneo survey
examination and clearance of entrance into KUNAK (Mostyn
area) with coastal
compare with previous work dated 1891/2.
done in the Darvel Bay area was later proved to be
Invaluable during the
Confrontation with Indonesia between 1962 and 1966 when
British forces were very
active in suppression of infiltration by sea in this region.)
June Borneo survey in continuation
to Birds Nest Caves
Queen's Birthday celebration at Sandakan with HM Depot Ship WOODBRIDGE
parties sent to East Coast of Malaya to set up 2 Range DECCA equipment
next major survey task.
(Note: It was
hoped that by re-siting Slave Stations, performance
could be improved.
July Passage to Singapore
for routine docking.
4th New Commanding
Officer; Commander JD Winstanley, RN
at Singapore included repair of fuel tank
and rewiring of electrical circuits in
after small fire due to short-circuit
27th Submarine SUBSUNK exercise
August Docking period.
September On completion carried out
examination of Howard Shoal off Borneo by search using Anti-
to submarine outfit
October Least depth 34 feet.
not carry out sweeping operation because of fishing ground markers.
Resumed tasks off East Coast
Malaya Two Range DECCA Survey including Tanjong
Gelang - Dungun; Selar Sinki - Pulo Blankang
parties landed for Slave Stations and coastlining
equipment returned by road to Singapore.
November Returned to Singapore.
Surf Boat won
Round the Island Race.
Took passage to
for Local Survey task.
carried out Delineation of 100 fathom line south of Hainan for National Institute
December Deployed at Hong Kong
Shore line survey in preparation for local redevelopment and reclamation work
Passage to Singapore during which shoal examination
made in Carimata Strait.
(Note: Requirement had been
reported by HM Destroyer CARYSFORT and Least Depth of
feet found lower than marked. Core samples were take by Shallow Walter Divers.
Taken in hand
for Annual refit and docking by HM Dockyard Singapore.
1 9 6 1
January Under refit during which outstanding defects in Radar Type 979 were
Required improvement of Range and Bearing accuracy was established later.
parties continued survey of western approaches to Singapore.
Least depth was
established over four wrecks
target reached due to increased speed of soundings and night operation
February On completion of dockyard
work 18 students from Singapore Polytechnic were embarked.
on West coast Malaya including Perak River.
R&R at Pangkor
Deployed off west coast Malaya. Visited
Took passage to
April Deployed at Singapore during official visit to Far
East Station by the First Lord of the
sites established for next series of surveys off east coast Malaya
survey tasks on completion of visit.
performance of Two Range DECCA noted, possibly due to unsatisfactory siting of
New radar (979)
used with Beacons to check Deccometer Lanes provided by DECCA to
10th Assisted in search for sailing craft run
down by ss LEEDS CITY. but only wreckage found
East coast Malaya tasks in continuation.
to resume tasks off North West Borneo continuation
June Deployed off Borneo.
contamination problems on passage to work between Usakan Bay
and Bisa Island
and tidewatching delayed by weather.
R&R at Jesselton. Attended Queens Birthday Parade at Jesselton with Australian Arm
to Singapore to re-commission. and routine
Taken in hand
for docking and essential defects by HM Dockyard Singapore.
Eighth Commission 1961-62
Commissioned: June 1961
work carried out using ships boats in Western Approaches to port.
position for Satellite Tracking Station established at Sembawang.
Security Platoon and other specialised
training carried out in shore facilities.
July Under refit and
annual docking for hull inspection
Officer: Commander JD Winstanley (04/07/60).
resumed survey tasks off NW Borneo.
August North West Borneo survey in continuation
to Visited Kuching to discuss arrangements with shore authorities
November Deployed in Darvel Bay and Lamak Bay, North Borneo.
triangulation work linked with 1958 surveys.
survey time lost by weather conditions and replenishment
Extensive Coastlining, Tide Watching and
sounding work was carried out.
Significant effort deployed in setting up Marks on shore sites at Pulau Gaia and
Tarma Balu involved clearance of
paths through virgin jungle and at one time
required use of 103 men
periods at Sibuan Island and Sandakan.
ORIENT EXPLORER Oil Rig fixed using survey Marks and 979 Radar.
investigate anchorage at
Pura Pura Island (Labuk Bay) for ships loading
during NE Monsoon season. Full survey recommended
storm caused error in Magnetic Compass and required unusual repair.
Passage to Singapore on completion of tasks for
During General Drill a 'Real fire' alarm was activated by an overheated fan.
Resumed tasks on West Coast Malaya continuation including NW approaches
979 with Beacons incorporating reflectors.
Trilateration carried out by day and night.
(Note: The procedures used
were prompted extensive discussion
and recommendations to improve efficiency.
23rd At Christmas and New Year at Penang.
1 9 6 2
January Sailed from Penang to resume tasks
from Kuala Muda
northward along Kedah coast.
established at Pulau Bidau
R&R at Penang.
Machinery defects occurred but did not cause
continued between Kedah Pier and Pulau Bidau
carried out by ships and boats
soundings carried out between Kuala Mjdah and Sungei Sala Kachil
(Note: Progress was slow due to access difficulties, mud and snakes.)
Under refit and docking by HM Dockyard, Singapore
to Work undertaken included:
March Replacement of davits
and winches for Survey boats
mounted Saluting guns replaced by portable version.
Three new survey boats
fitted with modern E/S equipment provided.
April Under refit
of two Stores ratings held following accounting discrepancies.
dismissed the service.
9th New Commanding Officer
appointed for next commission: Commander J Pryor, RN.
May Dockyard Completion date delayed till 27 May
Additional Hull repair work.
Ship's Company Galley on 20th May when Deep Fat Fryer
electrical supply was
(Note: Emergency feeding by HM Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier BULWARK.
Modification required to enable new Davits to be used with new survey
of mechanical defects found during sea trials.'
Warping was found in tops of tables in Chart Drawing Office. Possibly caused by
On completion of trials took passage to Hong
June Carried out soundings over proposed Commonwealth
telephone cable route during passage and
Station work including water sampling and temperature measurements.
July (Note: Bottom
sampling work failed.)
carried out Local Survey of harbour and
western approaches at Hong Kong.
Territorial waters task completed.
accident involving shallow water diver.
Work was interrupted by
in survey motor boat caused by poor design arrangements of exhaust pipework.
Wiring repaired and all boats modified.)
Re-investigated Helen Shoal area to
check earlier 1953 survey.
Work in Western
approaches to Hong Kong progressed.
August Took passage to continue
North Borneo tasks and carried out further Oceanographic
to Stations work
on passage from Hong Kong.
On arrival relieved HM Destroyer CAESAR as SO Anti-Piracy Duty, North Borneo.
(Note: Piracy was rife in these
waters and has even increased since 1980)
Labuk Bay area completed by ship and
periods at Sandakan.
Assessment made of TanJong Niug area in Labuk Bay for use as Terminal for palm
Darvel Bay approaches survey with detached
parties at Lahad Datu.
October Returned to Singapore for repair of
condenseritis and bearing defect.
Whilst at Singapore undertook preparatory work for
forthcoming survey of Singapore Straits
. and had discussion with representative of
Indonesian naval authorities to establish liaison
arrangements during planned survey in Indonesian waters.
This subject had been raised at 1962 International Conference in Monaco.)
Borneo Survey and carried out Shoal investigations in Exercise area as well as
determination of Least Depth of pinnacle south of Natuma Island.
Deployed off shore
at Lahad Datu and landed
detached party inshore.
R&R period at Tawau demolished underwater
obstruction at for new wharf.
Admiralty for shoal investigation at proposed timber ship anchorage in
Soai Solalum Bay, west of Darvel Bay)
to discuss 1963 survey work with Geological Survey Department.
29th Took passage to Singapore for re-commissioning and DED
period at Singapore.
Ninth Commission 1962-64
November Deployed at Singapore
December Commanding Officer:
Commander J. Pryor, RN
routine hull inspection.
1 9 6 3
January Carried out Shakedown
and survey work-up on completion of docking (January 1963)
investigation of sinking position of ss KIEUNG in Malacca Strait abandoned.
resume west coast Malaya survey tasks
party resumed Port Swettenham inner area.
commenced between Penang and Langawi Langkawi
with 2 Range DECCA
Type 979 extensively used during ship sounding work.
Slave sited at at Kuala Muda
GREEN Slave sited at Kuala Sanglang
(Note: This is inaccessible by sea).
watching camps with boat sounding used for inshore tasks.
February West coast Malay tasks
March On completion
returned to Singapore
Hydrographer of the Navy (Rear Admiral Irving.)
Hong Kong carried out survey of cable route
April At Hong Kong for
planned local survey work.
to Deployed for
investigation of tidal stream in a\ Wan Island prior to use by vessels of
June deep draught.
Landed detached parties.
accident in W/T Office. Prompt action saved life of Petty Officer.
Navigational aid (DAS2) fitted.
to Borneo to avoid Typhoon TRIX and continued Cable route survey
to join HMS MANXMAN and other ships to search for missing SEA VIXEN
belonging to HMS HERMES
This was unsuccessful.)
and took passage to Singapore for repair of machinery defect
July On completion deployed in Borneo for planned
to Work included:
September Brunei River
survey with detached party.
Survey of Continental Shelf in South China Sea in conjunction with SHELL Company
and Kuching Survey unit. Visited Spratly
Island and Amboyan Cay.
Darvel Bay survey work continued
Ship Survey work resumed between Sibaum Island
(Note: Only six days in harbour during this
Carried out pre-refit machinery trial
during passage to Singapore for refit.
October Under refit including
docking for inspection of underwater fitting
party to set-up 2 Range DECCA’equipment at Port Swettenham
for planned survey work on West
Coast of Malay
Ship undocked until strike by dockyard workers was settled.)
of results of recent survey work was not well attended.)
1 9 6 4
January Refit in
to Commander Pryor
attended Court Martial of commanding Officer HMS COOK
February as a Member.
HMS Cook has been damaged after grounding.)
completion of Post Refit sea trails took passage to re-commence work off
March Carried out
planned work between Penang and Langkawi using 2 Range
proved to be most satisfactory
watching and boat sounding parties were landed.
(Note: The Slave stations were inaccessible by sea.)
planned work was completed
station DECCA equipment was dismantled and returned to Singapore.
Meningitis case airlifted to VICTORIOUS
(Note: Recovered later)
Passage to Singapore.
April Sailed for
Hong Kong to resume survey tasks in eastern Approaches
No berth available on arrival due to Fleet
(Note: Inspection of survey area by
helicopter from CENTAUR.
Advance party joined for
. Eastern Approaches work resumed and
included ship sounding and coastlining by
Obstruction located west of
Aberdeen after some difficulty.
15th Work completed.
Trial carried out using prototype sideways-looking Sonar developed by Hong Kong
Transducer unit streamed from
starboard derrick with receiver and display in
During passage to Singapore to
re-commission. Fuel pump defect was followed by
in No 1 Boiler Room.
Steam feed heater pipe fractured
and filled the compartment with steam and boiling
water Fortunately no one was
injured and after a delay of an hour the other boiler
was brought into service and ship
was able to proceed.
Tenth Commission 1964
June Deployed at Singapore.
Officer: Commander MJ Baker, RN (09/04/64).
10th Carried out work-up NW of
Sumatra to practice survey and ship safety requirements.
Local survey work in Singapore area
(Note: Tide poles set up in Boom Defence
Benchmark made by HM Survey Ship WATERWITCH set down in 1910 found.)
from local survey to go to Gan in Maldives Island
Group to assist in a combined
July Whilst on passage
to Gan further diversion necessary to deal with
medical emergency on
(Note: Intended passage direct to Colombo to land patient was avoided by
provision of an air
lift by helicopter to HM Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier CENTAUR.
successful operation was carried out on board.
attended Briefing meeting prior to commencing new task
(Note: Gan area Survey.
was intended to cover islands in the Chagos
Archipelago with special attention
to Diego Garcia.
UK team included representatives
from Ministry of Defence and the Colonial Office.
US Team consisted of 11 uniformed and civilian personnel.
Triangulation work using buoys with measurements by radar, TELLUROMETER
Taut Wire Measuring Gear to be carried out.
Diego Suarez has since been developed as a United States Base in the Indian Ocean)
August Deployed for Gan area survey.
completion reported that suitable anchorages were available.)
passage to Singapore
local survey work
September Routine docking and
Emergency Defects carried out by HM Dockyard at Singapore.
October Deployed for special
task on east coast Malaya.
position fixing near Pulau Aur
using 979, TELLUROMETER and Taut Wire gear
completion took passage to resume Hong Kong survey
Approaches work using boats and detached parties resumed.
East Lamma Channel survey commenced using ship and boat
Tide watching parties
landed on Stanley Jetty.
November Hong Kong deployment in continuation
child rescued by tidewatcher
on board when Seaman fell from boat at davit head in swell.
Transferred to British Medical Hospital and recovered.
TELLUROMETER equipment extensively used for local survey work.
deployment in continuation
work completed by 8 December.
leak discovered in Flour Store.
1 9 6 5
January Deployed at Hong Kong
defect dealt with by local contract as Dockyard facilities not now available
examination and soundings work continued during this period.
February Deployed at Hong Kong
check sweep made for Commodore Hong Kong off KUN TUNG Jetty.
Darvel Bay to resume Borneo survey work and carried
at Darvel Bay NW Borneo
camps set up at Bakungan Island and Mataking Island.
effort had to be made on clearance work to set up Marks essential for
A Triangulation Point set up by HM Survey Ship HERALD in 1937 found.
Some delays experienced during extension of triangulation in order to
Reef and Matakingi.
Tidal stream measurement
work was carried out by ship
March NW Borneo survey in
measurements made during shore survey work.
Defective anchor windlass
shaft repaired by ship's staff.
Visited Manila for R&R and to collect
Philippine Liaison Officer.
April NW Borneo work in
6th New Commanding Officer
appointed: Commander MJ Baker, RN
area sounding work completed before departure.
Safe use of coastal passage via Malawi Channel now assured.)
passage to Singapore and carried out Oceanographic
work at ten Stations including
Bathythermograph measurements and surface water sampling.
On arrival carried out
Singapore Local Survey work. with Harbour area boat sounding.
May Deployed at Singapore including establishment of
Clearance depth over existing wrecks.
to (Note: Discussions with US scientist (Dr. JC Rose, Hawaii University) about future Pacific
work were carried out.)
for patrol duty in Singapore Straits associated with current KONFRONTASI
Inspection carried out by Captain of HM Light Aircraft Carrier TRIUMPH.
July Taken in hand for
Annual refit by HM Dockyard Singapore
to (Note: Hull condition considered generally
satisfactory in view of age of ship.
August Some holes in
Coarse Grained Physical Survey (HI 1)
Eleventh Commission 1965-66
September Nominated for special duty
Officer: Commander MJ Baker, RN (06/04/64).
completed after delay due to completion of work in Cold and Cool Rooms.
Took passage to SW Pacific Ocean via Malawali
and Sibutu Channels to Manus.for
Coarse Grained Physical Survey (HI 1).
Rose was embarked with specialist equipment.
October Port stem gland leak
discovered and repacked after arrival at Manus.
corrections made to Gravimeter were unsatisfactory due to weather conditions.
tasks in Coral
area North of Savo Island.
detached parties with three Boats in 1,000 Ships Bay in British Solomon Islands.
made to record Geophysical measurements between Russell Island to-Guadalcanal
land patient with appendicitis at Honiara.
work between Santa Catalina Island to Santa Cruz Basin
survey in Western part of Torres Trench between Venicoro Island and Torres
between Rennell Island and Indispensable Reefs
1st Diverted to assist HM New
Zealand Cruiser ROYALIST that was stranded without motive
to boiler water contamination.
Ship was drifting towards Bellona Island about 90 miles away from survey
went to render assistance with feeding and to provide fuel but could not remain
because swell conditions were causing structural damage.
ROYALIST in tow for over 100 miles into clear water to safely wait until
arrived from Brisbane.
4th Lack of fuel obliged departure for Port Moresby, with the cheers of ROYALIST
ringing across the Coral Sea in acknowledgement of the assistance given.
refuelling took passage to recommence scientific work.
carried Traverses across Planet Trench in the Solomon Sea to make Gravimeter
at Manus before return to 1000 Ships Bay to resume Physical Survey work.
Fixed Sable Island and Nugurias
Group and made shoal examinations during passage
discrepancies found with existing charts.
Only Starboard Shaft in use except in restricted waters.
traverse of Trench SE of Ulawa Island.
measurement restricted by weather conditions.
Passage to Port Moresby to refuel
November Gravity and Magnetic profile measurements across Solomon and Coral Seas
after refuelling to Honiara via 1000 Ships Bay.
December Carried out Final leg of Survey Task HI 1with Easterly traverses across Vitiaz Trench
between Malaita Island and Charlotte Bank.
Suva, Fiji to land gear for Xrnas
passage to Auckland, New Zealand.
1 9 6 6
January Routine docking and
essential defect work carried out in HM New Zealand Dockyard.
shaft alignment and structural work.
February Carried out sea Trials on
completion of dockyard work.
from sea trials collided with Jetty
Inquiry convened in Auckland Naval Base before return to survey work in SW
leaving New Zealand eight members of the ship's
company were absentees)
for survey in South Pacific.
parties landed at Vila, New Caledonia for setting up Marks and Tide
March Commenced ship
sounding and shoal examination between Malekula and
Delayed by defect in
port main engine pump.
April Repair effected at Suva after spares received from New Zealand.
survey area on completion.
21st New Commanding Officer: Commander PGN Cardno, RN. appointed and to join in
detached parties in New Hebrides and New Caledonia
Carried out ship
and boat soundings with tidal work in Norsup Bay
and in Erromanga area
party in Dillons Bay.
for joint survey work with French Coastal Mineweeper
LA DUNKERQUOISE at
This French warship was permanently stationed in this area.)
May Deployment for
Fiji Survey continuation of earlier work by HM Survey Ship COOK.
to (Note: The
esteem of HMS COOK was found as revered as ever)
June Planned tasks at
VANU LEVU completed.
(Note: Farewell celebrations to thank
villagers living near camp site included exchange of
and competitive sports as well as Fijian style meal.
established at Nanduri.
party landed and TELLUROMETER measurements made across Channel.
ship sounding in Vatu Ira Channel and Mali Passage.
Ship at Malau for
Queen's Birthday ceremonial at Labasa.
(Note: Whole period affected by spasmodic winds.
July Fiji work in continuation.
Visitors on final visit to Suva included Raymond Burr (TV's '
Perry Mason' )
Passage to Singapore during which position of Petri
Reef near Erronanga, New Hebrides was
(Note: This had been in
dispute since 1834.
sampling and Shoal examination with beacons were carried out in Bligh Water.,
Fuelled at Darwin.
Whilst at Darwin met British couple in Trimaran.
Much hospitality was enjoyed.)
sampling took place during passage to Singapore
August Deployed at Singapore and prepared for planned
Oceanographic Exploration work.
(Note: This included
use of new equipment required for special acoustic trial and a
Velocimeter which incorporated a Temperature/Salinity
Bridge to be streamed
overboard and an analogue tape recorder unit.)
September Passage to South China Sea.
trials in company with RAN Survey Ship HMAS DIAMANTINA and an RFA
Measurements were made for analysis after explosive charges were dropped by
consort at predetermined
intervals and ranges. Core samples and photographs taken
of seabed with water temperature and salinity recorded after each
Naval Base at Subic Bay and continued trial during passage to Hong Kong with
conditions due to Typhoon ELSIE.
signal intercepted from Ore Carrier AUGUST MOON aground on Patras
. Diverted for
rescue of personnel which were airlifted to safety by US Navy helicopter.
Wreck fixed. 37 people taken to Hong Kong.
passage to Hong Kong.
26th Assistant Manager of Great
Southern Steamship Company presented a Cup to ship in
of the extent of help provided.
October Taken in hand for
routine docking at commercial shipyard.
Docked at Kowloon during which leak in Engine
Room. was repaired.
completion took passage to Singapore to re-commission,
Twelfth Commission 1966 - 68.
Officer: Commander PGN Cardno, RN
completion of shakedown resumed North Borneo Survey.
for survey of Eastern Approaches to Victoria Harbour, Labuan
December Borneo survey in continuation.
to Singapore for Annual refit.
1 9 6 7
January Under refit by HM
to Local survey
work in Langkawi Strait continued by detached party
with some assistance from
February Coastal Minesweeper
from local Squadron
chart to be printed by Royal Engineers for provisionally when work completed
two Boat Camp party at Remunia for soundings work in Johore Strait
March Nominated for
Indian Ocean Oceanographic work.
completion of dockyard work and trials first deployed to carry out ship
Luna Island and Tanjong
Indian Ocean work delayed by radar defect
and engine failure.
from Singapore and called at Penang on passage to first station.
out Traverses and wave observation work in position NW of Sinatra.
(Note: These included Equatorial traverses with extensive
April Paid Official visit to Tanjong
Priok in Indonesia.
Note: This was
made despite machinery defect as situation was politically sensitive.
First visit by RN ship since end of KONFRONTASI).
Same Indonesian Naval Liaison
Officer as during earlier survey (See above).
ormal and Hydrographic exchanges made as well
as social events.
to Singapore on completion of visit for
arrival Detached party landed to continue local survey work.
oceanographic work with RAS support.
Deployed in Sunda Strait, Java
Sea and Caspar Strait.
Indonesian Navy Liaison officer embarked during period at Berakit.
out Malacca Straits Survey between Pair Channel Bankand
Bahu Pahat.with Two
DECCA Slave Stations set up at Batu Pahat.
An extensive task involving ship, survey boats, floating beacons and detached
June Made Local
soundings off Singapore.
party landed in West Johore for shore observations.
17th Visited Royal Malayan Navy
Base at Pintu Gedong
completion carried out A/S and sweep examination of Amazon Maru Shoal and Cape
Station parties and stores collected at Port Dickson.
July Carried out
survey of One Fathom Bank Channel with
Two Range DECCA Stations
sounding and observations made
(Note: TELLEUROMETER measurements unsatisfactory and visual methods used.)
at Port Swettenham.
Sweep of area on completion.
August Transferred to South China Sea to carry out oceanographic
oceanographic work carried out at selected points and shoal examinations.
This task was impeded by Typhoon FRAN, defects and losses of equipment.
paid to Hong
Kong during which machinery defects repaired with
assistance from local
Annual Inspection carried out and presentation made to Side Party for there
during 19 years service on China Station
Oceanographic work during passage to Singapore.
made via Mindoro Strait to land boat party at Senporna,
Borneo for completion of
outstanding work at
Darvel Bay work.
work continued to latitude of Labuan at meeting point with 1966 work.
September Deployed to complete
survey work in Malacca Straits in Cape Rachado area for
of potential hazards to tanker traffic.
sounding and Taut Wire measurements made with Beacons and observations by shore
(Note: Day and night work required.)
from Singapore for return passage to UK via Sunda Strait.
(Note: Oceanographic Traverses to be made at Stations in Indian Ocean.)
out periodic measurements and collected
supporting data at selected equatorial
(Note: Problems with
VELOCIMETER equipment and a winch failure introduced delays
as well as those
due to marginal weather conditions
for fuel replenishment provided by RFA's GOLD RANGER
Shoal examinations made off Rodrigues,
Unscheduled company by Russian ship VASILI
at Mauritius after brief shoal examination
hospitality from RN W/T Station)
November Left Far East Station and
came under operational commmand of CinC Western Fleet
Survey Slip NATAL (Ex HM Frigate LOCH CREE) during passage.
17th Arrived at Simonstown on
Contact made with South African Navy Hydrographer (Captain JC Walters).
Passage in Atlantic with shoal examination which
established least depth was lower than
28th Final Drama
exercise involving use of ships boats and liferafts,
propulsion machinery failed to
propeller. Examination showed starboard propeller shaft was broken. First
was to secure the loose portion of shaft together with the attached propeller
could move ahead in safety at a reasonable speed.
hours work above and below water was needed to devise a satisfactory
Wires and chains were used to stop any movement of the screw which was
chains to the A-bracket
. This extempore rig was secured to existing
bollards with chain blocks and tackles and
to Freetown to be continued on one engine.
request for cutting equipment to be made available on arrival was sent so that
could be removed.
Neptune's 16th attempt to extract due homage was belated achieved successfully
proceedings were somewhat overshadowed by the unknowns which lay
suitable equipment was available at Freetown and the some of extempore
arrangements which had been removed
were reinstated by ships Shallow Water Divers to
final leg of the journey to be made.
importance of ensuring to safe arrival in time for Christmas Leave was the sole
importance and on sailing from Sierra Leone there was less than three weeks
Everything depended on performance of the one engine for 3,000 miles.
offset some of these circumstances a bold decision was made to supplement the
engine power by using sails.
were made from Awnings canvas and hoisted for a trial period.
Concurrently work was begun on the manufacture of a suit of square sails
which would be
required when suitable winds were available.
The lugsails were hoisted on 11th December
remainder were used when following winds were available four days later.
additional features made unusual demands on the ship's company who soon
to practices of earlier seafarers. They became adept in the
trimming, jibing, lowering and
the new accoutrements.
December Under sail in Atlantic.
17th Brief rendezvous was made
with HM Assault Ship FEARLESS for transfer of mail.
Providentially, a fair proportion of following winds and careful
husbandry in the Engine
avoided diversion to Devonport.
poor visibility on arrival in the Channel progress was maintained.
were lowered and the Jury foremast struck before arrival off the Goodwins.
(Note: During an evolution period on 29 October, whilst crossing the Indian Ocean, a
sail had been rigged on the DECCA mast - forward thinking at its best,
up the Medway to Bull Nose, Chatham was achieved on the revised date.
celebrations included the firing of finishing gun by Flag Officer Medway,
(Vice Admiral W J Parker, CB, OBE, DSC)
Hydrographer of the Navy (Rear Admiral G.S. Ritchie, CB, DSC, FRICS) greeted
suitably conclude a long voyage and an even longer career spent in the service
seafarers of all nations.
L a s t D a y s
HMS DAMPIER Paid Off at Chatham on 31 January
1968 and reduced to Reserve. Approval was given for disposal in April and the ship was later placed
on the Disposal List. She was sold to a Belgian shipbreaker and
taken in tow for breaking-up on 17th January 1969.