from Yarrow Shipbuilders at Scotstoun
Glasgow on 16th January 1933. Laid down
year she was designed by the shipbuilder and
one of six other warships of this type
replace the INSECT Class built during WW1
and still in
service. See the General
Information. The ship was launched on 7th
March 1934 and the build components had been
designed to enable sections to be dismantled
for transportation to Hong Kong by ship for re-assembly
locally. She was the fourth RN ship to bear
this name, which was introduced for
Gunboat also built by Yarrow’s in 1897 and
sold in1928. It had
also been borne
by a trawler and
a Drifter requisitioned during WW1. Build of
this ship was completed on 23rd
July 1934 and
after acceptance from the builder the ship
was dismantled and prepared for
shipment on a
merchant ship to Hong Kong.
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Contractors trials and
Build completion and commenced
On completion Sections dismantled
and prepared for shipment.
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embarked in merchant ship for transit to
Sections taken to commercial shipyard at
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in Taikoo Dockyard
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for service and carried out Acceptance
was overseen by personnel from HM
for service in West River Flotilla.
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with HM River Gunboats TARANTULA,
trade protection and aid to any
subjects in the event of a local
Refits were carried out by HM Dockyard,
Local Leave to Ship’s Company.
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West River deployment in
continuation with Flotilla.
Nominated for War Station as
Depot Ship for Boom Defence
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West River Flotilla deployment in
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Took up service as
Boom Defence Depot Ship at Hong
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Deployed as Boom Defence Depot
After Japanese declaration of war deployed
for assistance with
RN ships remaining
in Hong Kong for defence of the Colony.
Colony under first
of Japanese air attacks which continued.
Personnel from mainland evacuated
to Hong Kong Island.
Japanese troops began landings on Hon Kong Island
Deployed in support of landing
party on west coast of Hong
island and under
sustained and heavy air attacks.
party including men from HM River Gunboat
were attacking Japanese troops attempting to
Bennetts Hill area.
attacks and unable to provide further
after destruction of classified documents.
landing party were evacuated by Motor
Kong Flotilla which took them to Mirs Bay. After the
were scuttled some of the RN personnel made
to Rangoon where they arrived on 14th
may well have included some personnel from