Allied Warships

HMS Marauder (W 98)

Rescue Tug of the Brigand class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
PennantW 98 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched9 Nov 1938 
End service 

Sold into mercantile service on 20 October 1958 and renamed Emerson K. Capsized at Capetown, South Africa on 10 August 1965 and scrapped there starting on 16 March 1966.


Commands listed for HMS Marauder (W 98)

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1T/Lt. Walter James Hammond, RNR24 Dec 19398 Nov 1941
2T/Lt. Frank Jennings, RNR8 Nov 1941mid/late44

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Notable events involving Marauder include:

3 Jul 1940
HMRT Marauder (T/Lt. W.J. Hammond, RNR) takes the damaged Dutch merchant Amstelland in tow to Falmouth, where they arrived on 5 July. The Amstelland was torpedoed and damaged on 1 July by German U-boat U-65 about 380 nautical miles south-west of Lands End in position 47°53'N, 13°23'W. During the tow the ships were escorted by the British corvette HMS Calendula (Lt.Cdr. A.D. Bruford, RNVR).

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.

23 Sep 1940
HMRT Marauder (T/Lt. W.J. Hammond, RNR) takes in tow the British merchant Scholar in position 55°10'N, 17°49'W. The Scholar was torpedoed and damaged the previous day about 340 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°11'N, 17°58'W by German U-boat U-100. On the 24th the tow was abandoned in position 54°38'N, 16°40'W and the crew of the Scholar was taken off by the British destroyer HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN). HMS Skate also scuttles the wreck of the Scholar.

4 Dec 1943
HMS Umbra (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Milford Haven for Plymouth. She was towed by HMRT Marauder (T/Lt. F. Jennings, RNR). (1)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Umbra (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Plymouth for Portsmouth. Again she was towed by HMRT Marauder (T/Lt. F. Jennings, RNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18335

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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