HMS Cricket (T 75)
River gunboat of the Insect class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||9 Feb 1915|
|Laid down||Mar 1915|
|Launched||17 Dec 1915|
Heavily damaged on 30 June 1941 off Mersa Matruh by an air attack. Towed to Port Said but declared a total loss.
Commands listed for HMS Cricket (T 75)
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|1||Cdr. Harold Thomas Armstrong, RN||28 Oct 1938||mid 1939|
|2||Cdr. (emergency) Herbert Victor Creer, RAN||Aug 1940||5 Oct 1940|
|3||Lt. John Lane Goatley, RN||5 Oct 1940||11 Jan 1941|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Edwin Beadnell Carnduff, RN||11 Jan 1941||mid 1941|
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Notable events involving Cricket include:
7 Oct 1940
HMS Durban (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN) made rendezvous with the river gunboats Cricket (Lt. J.L. Goatley, RN) and Tern (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN) off the Yangtse estuary. They then set course for Hong Kong. (1)
20 Nov 1940
HMS Capetown (Capt. P.H.G. James, RN) and Cricket (Lt. J.L. Goatley, RN) departed Nancowry for Penang. Weather conditions in the Bay of Bengal were unsuitable for the shallow draft river gunboat for the passage to Colombo. (3)
HMS Capetown departed again later the same day to return to Nancowry. (3)
7 Dec 1940
The light cruiser HMS Dauntless (Capt. G.D. Moore, RAN), river gunboat Tarantula (Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C.F. Creer, RAN) and the the merchant vessel Gurna (British, 5248 GRT, built 1919) arrived at Penang.
They departed later the same day to continue their passage to Colombo. The river gunboat Cricket (Lt. J.L. Goatley, RN) had joined them at Penang for the passage to Colombo.
On the 9th, shortly after noon, they briefly stopped off Nancowry Island. Both river gunboats then secured alongside HMS Dauntless and then were supllied with oil, stores and water before the passage was continued. (4)
- ADM 53/112110
- ADM 53/111700
- ADM 53/111700 + ADM 199/383
- ADM 53/111943 + ADM 199/374
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.