Allied Warships

HMS Buccaneer (W 49)

Rescue Tug of the Brigand class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
PennantW 49 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Sep 1937 
CommissionedFeb 1938 
Lost26 Aug 1946 

HMS Buccaneer was sunk on 26 August 1946 by an accidental hit from a shell during target practice.


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Notable events involving Buccaneer include:

24 Aug 1940
HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 1230 hours to go to the assistance of the damaged British merchant vessel Beacon Grange (10119 GRT, built 1938) that ha been damaged by bombs from German aircraft in position 58°39'N, 02°27'W the day before. The merchant vessel had been taken in tow by the rescue tug HMRT Buccaneer which was later relieved by her sister ship HMRT Marauder which took the ship to Kirkwall where she was beached.

HMS Kipling returned to Scapa on the 25th.

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