HMS Tarantula (T 62)
River gunboat of the Insect class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Wood Skinner & Co. Ltd. (Newcastle, England U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Feb 1915|
|Launched||8 Dec 1915|
|Commissioned||28 Jan 1916|
Sunk as target off Ceylon on 1 May 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Tarantula (T 62)
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|1||Capt. Francis Cyril Flynn, RN||8 Jun 1938||26 Mar 1940|
|2||Cdr. (emergency) Reginald Charles Ferrers Creer, RAN||26 Mar 1940||16 Nov 1941|
|3||T/Lt. Norman Frank Francis, RNVR||6 Nov 1942||early 1943|
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Notable events involving Tarantula include:
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. (2)
- ADM 53/112210
- ADM 53/111943 + ADM 199/374
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.