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)

7 Dec 1939
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.A.S. Wise, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) V. Searles-Wood, RN) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

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). (3)

21 Dec 1939
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) departed her builders yard for trials the Clyde area. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (4)

5 Jan 1940
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) departed her builders yard for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

24 Jan 1940
HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, RN) departed her builders yard for for trials in the Clyde area. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (6)

18 Feb 1940
HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Mills, RN) was to depart Greenock for Portsmouth escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). But the sailing has to be postponed as Tetrarch developed problems with her after hydroplanes. (7)

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. (8)

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. (8)

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). (9)

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). (10)

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). (11)

17 Dec 1940
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 16th war patrol. She is to patrol off Punta Delgada in the Azores as a German invasion of the Azores is feared.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) until 0001/19/

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trident during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Trident 16th war patrolclick here for bigger map (10)

20 Dec 1940
At 0650 hours, HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN), arrived at the rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) (12)

2 Jan 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Holy Loch. During the passage north through the Irish Sea, Tuna had been escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (13)

10 Jan 1941
At 0840, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (8)

28 Jan 1941
At 1300 hours HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) made rendez-vous off Yell Sound, Shetland Islands with her escort HMS Wastwater (T/Lt. A.C. Munro, RNVR). They then proceeded towards Holy Loch. At 0900/29 HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) took over the escort. (14)

3 Feb 1941
During 3 and 4 February 1941, HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN), conducted exercises in Inchmarnock Water. These included night exercises. Several practice attacks were made on HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (15)

5 Feb 1941
HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to lay a minefield off Norway. The position was to be signalled later.

She was escorted north by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) until 1200/7 when HMS Stella Pegasi (T/Lt. E. Steedman, RNR) took over the escort until 0200/8.

As no log for this period is available no map can be displayed. (14)

9 Feb 1941
At 1615 hours, HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), made rendez-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (11)

20 Feb 1941
Off Cape Wrath HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) took over the escort of HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) from HMS Thirlmere (T/S.Lt. R.C.R. Mortimore, RNVR). (14)

6 Mar 1941
HMS Talisman (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) and HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Halifax, Canada. They were escorted out by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) until 2034/7 when they parted company in position 57°57'N, 10°59'W.

En-route she was ordered to several patrol positions to hunt the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau who are operating against Allied sipping in the North-Atlantic.

No map of this passage can be displayed as there are no logs available for HMS Talisman for this period. (9)

21 Mar 1941
HMS Cachalot (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay and to lay a minefield there.

During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) until 2245/22.

As no log for this period is available no map can be displayed. (14)

1 Apr 1941
HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed her builder's yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (16)

26 May 1941
HMS P 32 (Lt. D.A.B. Abdy, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She was escorted South through the Irish Sea by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS P 32 during this passage see the map below.


HMS P 32 passage Holy Loch - Gibraltar click here for bigger map (17)

28 May 1941
After having been recalled following the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN), made rendes-vous at 1200 hours with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) for onward passage to Holyhead. (18)

31 May 1941
At 0530 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (8)

29 Jul 1941
At 1957 hours (zone -2), HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN), made rendez-vous off the Lizard with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) that was to escort her north through the Irish Sea towards Holy Loch. (19)

28 Aug 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (20)

9 Sep 1941
HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (16)

30 Sep 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) that was to proceed to Malta. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (16)

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. (21)

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. (21)

10 Oct 1941
HMS Una (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Sheerness for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cottesmore (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN) towards Dungeness.

From Dungeness she proceeded unescorted to Lizard Head where she joined HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) for onward passage to Holy Loch. (22)

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. (23)

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). (16)

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. (16)

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. (16)

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. (16)

16 Dec 1941
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay.

She departed later the same day for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage through the Irish Sea was made together with the HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (24)

18 Dec 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) is forced to abandon her war patrol due to a serious leak aft and several other defects. Course is set to return to Rothesay escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (25)

23 Dec 1941
At 1145 hours, HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), made rendez-vous with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) off Bishops Rock. Course was then set for Milford Haven. (26)

26 Dec 1941
With her engine repairs completed, HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN), departed Milford Haven to resume her 3rd war patrol. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN) until 0035/27. (26)

6 Jan 1942
Murat Reis (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for the Clyde area where she was to undergo a work-up programme. During this passage she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (27)

28 Jan 1942
HMS P 42 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (27)

29 Jan 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN).

These were followed by night exercises with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (28)

30 Jan 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (28)

3 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (29)

4 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (29)

5 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). These included night exercises. (29)

8 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (29)

9 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (29)

11 Feb 1942
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (29)

18 Feb 1942
HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Barrow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Graph (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (30)

22 Jun 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (31)

1 Jul 1942
HMS P 51 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

Lt. Crawford had been Wanklyn’s First Lieutenant on HMS Upholder. (27)

27 Jul 1942
HMS P 51 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS P 247 (Lt. M.G.R. Lumby, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack). (27)

27 Aug 1942
HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). These included practice attacks on HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN), HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR). (32)

28 Aug 1942
HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). Following these exercises HMS Unique conducted gunnery exercises. (32)

4 Sep 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) departed Holy Loch with HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) for Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (33)

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). (34)

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). (35)

16 Jan 1943
HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed from Lerwick bound for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN), HMS P 55 (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (36)

19 Jan 1943
HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Plymouth where she is to be taken in hand for repairs at the Devonport Dockyard.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) and HMS P 339 (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

22 Jan 1943
HMS P 219 (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, RN) departed Falmouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (36)

27 Jan 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (37)

30 Jan 1943
HMS P 31 (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in Loch Goil with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (38)

10 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Portsmouth for Holy Loch. She was to make rendez-vous the next morning with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and the US submarines USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson, USN) and USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III). During the passage from Portsmouth to the rendez-vous position HMS Severn was escorted by the Free French submarine chasers Chasseur 11 and Chasseur 15. (39)

13 Feb 1943
HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS P 315 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) and HMS P 229 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (40)

1 Mar 1943
HMS Trespasser (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) and HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) both departed from Holy Loch bound for Scapa Flow to participate in A/S exercises. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (41)

4 Mar 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) arrived at Dundee.

She departed later the same day for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with ORP Dzik (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (42)

14 Mar 1943
HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (36)

4 Jun 1943
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

The next morning they were joined by HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). (43)

21 Jun 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (44)

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). (45)

6 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (46)

25 Sep 1943
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) and HMS H 44 (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Falmouth for Holy Loch. During the passage north through the Irish Sea they were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (47)

19 Oct 1943
HMS H 43 (Lt. C.A.J. Nicoll, RN), HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) and HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (48)

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. (49)

15 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (50)

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). (51)

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). (52)

18 Dec 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (36)

27 Dec 1943
HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Gibraltar. This was the first leg of the trip to the Far East.

Passage towards Bishops Rock was made together with the British submarines HMS Viking (Lt. Rawdon Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) and HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR). They were escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN).

1 Jan 1944
HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (53)

29 Jan 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN), HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) and HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. They are escorted by the armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (36)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (54)

10 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (55)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) departed Holy Loch to return to her builders yard to make good several defects. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (56)

19 Feb 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch together with HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) They are escorted by the armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (57)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (55)

27 Feb 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She was escorted until Scapa Flow by HMS Crowlin (A/Skr.Lt. A. Smith, RNR). Off Scapa Flow HMS Cutty Sark took over the escort. (53)

29 Feb 1944
HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) arrived at Stornoway. She departed again later the same day with HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) and HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR). HMS HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) was now their escort. (58)

9 Mar 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage South together with HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (53)

10 Mar 1944
HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (59)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

She is to proceed with dispatch to Lerwick and then to patrol off Southern Norway. The British are under the impression that the German battleship Tirpitz will return to Germany for repairs. (53)

25 Mar 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, M.B.E., RN) departed Holy Loch for the U.S.A. where she was to refit at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) until 2033/26 when they parted company in position 57°05'N, 13°00'W.

No logs are available for this period so no map can be displayed. (60)

6 Apr 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) departed from Lerwick for Holy Loch. She is escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (61)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (62)

20 Apr 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). The next day, off Scapa Flow, they were joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) and the British submarine HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN). (63)

21 Apr 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN).

The submarines were escorted by the armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark. (64)

3 May 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (65)

6 May 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay off Northern Spain.

She was escorted South through the Irish Sea until 0650/8 by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Sceptre during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Sceptre 8th war patrol click here for bigger map (66)

9 May 1944
HMS Thule (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (67)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (68)

8 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Shakespeare (Lt. D. Swanston, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (69)

10 Oct 1944
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN). (53)

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  36. ADM 199/627
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  41. ADM 173/18253
  42. ADM 173/18348
  43. ADM 173/18317
  44. ADM 199/1823
  45. ADM 173/18285
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  51. ADM 173/18096
  52. ADM 173/18094
  53. ADM 199/1385
  54. ADM 173/18665
  55. ADM 173/18636
  56. ADM 173/18816
  57. ADM 173/18919
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  61. ADM 173/18997
  62. ADM 173/18818
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  67. ADM 173/19025
  68. ADM 173/19419
  69. ADM 173/19250

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


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