Allied Warships

HMS Cutty Sark (FY 007)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 007 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)  
Ordered 
Laid down 
LaunchedMar 1920 
Commissioned 
End service 
History

Displacement: 883 tons.
Completed in June 1920.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty September 1939.
Served in A/S role and later as tender to submarine flotilla's.

Returned in 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cutty Sark (FY 007)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Richard Herbert Mack, RN25 Sep 193918 Apr 1940
2Capt. (retired) Laurence Bernard Hill, OBE, RN18 Apr 194029 May 1940
3Cdr. (retired) Richard Herbert Mack, RN29 May 19404 Feb 1944
4A/Cdr. Eric Alonzo Stocker, DSC, RN28 Feb 1944

5Lt. Hilary John Bartlett, DSC, RN20 Jul 1944Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Cutty Sark include:


5 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Scott (Cdr. E.H.B. Baker, RN). (1)

11 Dec 1939
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.F. Jenks, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

6 Nov 1940
HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Holy Loch in company with HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) and escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (3)

8 Nov 1940
With repairs to her Starboard engine completed HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) departed from Milford Haven escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) to resume her 4th war patrol. (3)

16 Nov 1940
HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (4)

20 Nov 1940
At 0600 hours, HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

30 Nov 1940
HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed Holy Loch for Halifax, Canada. Porpoise was escorted until 1740/1 by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (6)

2 Oct 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) arrived at Oban. She departed later the same day for Portsmouth. Near Oban she made rendez-vous with her escort, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN), and the submarine

HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.deB. Kershaw, RN) that was to proceed to Gibraltar. (7)

5 Oct 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) and her escort, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN), parted company at 1415 hours. H 32 then proceeded unescorted towards Portsmouth.

HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.deB. Kershaw, RN) had already parted company at 0617 hours. (7)

22 Nov 1941
At 0830 hours (zone -1), HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) made rendez-vous with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) off Wolf Rock. Cutty Sark was however unable to proceed northwards owning to the weather conditions. It was decided that Rorqual would proceed alone and that Cutty Sark would catch up later which was done at 1730 hours near Trevose Head. (8)

30 Nov 1941
HMS Turbulent (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with P 611 / Oruc Reis (Lt. P.S. Skelton, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (9)

1 Dec 1941
HMS P 511 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) failed to arrive at her rendez-vous with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). P 511 was uncertain of her position as it had not been possible to take sights for several days in the heavy weather. (9)

2 Dec 1941
At 1845 hours (zone -1), HMS P 511 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), reported her position. She was ordered to make rendez-vous with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) at 0900/3 off Skerrymore. They were to proceed to Londonderry if fuel did not permit passage to the Clyde. (9)

5 Dec 1941
HMS P 511 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) departed Lough Foyle for Holy Loch escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). Her sailing was delayed as P 511 had grounded at Lough Foyle. (9)

10 Nov 1942
HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from the secret area of Port H.H.Z. (at Loch Cairnbawn) for Malta. She is equipped with two containers on deck behind the conning tower. The containers houses Chariot 'human torpedoes'. For security reasons she does not stop at Gibraltar as her new silhouette would certainly be noted by Italian spies.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (10)

11 Nov 1942
At 1319 hours HMS Unbeaten (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) was ordered to report her position as it is feared she might have been attacked by friendly aircraft (an RAF Wellington of No. 172 Squadron, Coastal Command). She did not respond and failed the show up the next day at her rendez-vous position of Bishops Rock (with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN). The report of the friendly aircraft attack was unfortunately correct and resulted in the loss of HMS Unbeaten. There were no survivors.

28 Nov 1942
At 0720 hours, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (11)

28 Jul 1943
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (12)

4 Nov 1943
HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of the trip to the Far East. Escort was provided for the passage South through the Irish Sea by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

11 Nov 1943
With repairs, refit and trials finally completed, HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN), departed the Yarmouth roads for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted initially by the Vichy French submarine chaser Chasseur 5. HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) later took over the escort for onwards passage northwards through the Irish Sea. (13)

17 Nov 1943
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (14)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) and HMS Venturer (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (15)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15690
  2. ADM 173/15699
  3. ADM 199/1845
  4. ADM 199/1849
  5. ADM 199/1864
  6. ADM 199/1877
  7. ADM 173/16742
  8. ADM 199/1878
  9. ADM 199/400
  10. ADM 173/17618
  11. ADM 173/17668
  12. ADM 173/18285
  13. ADM 173/18146
  14. ADM 173/18096
  15. ADM 173/18094

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


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