HMS Kittiwake (L 30 / K 30)
Patrol vessel of the Kingfisher class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 30 / K 30|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||21 Jan 1936|
|Laid down||7 Apr 1936|
|Launched||30 Nov 1936|
|Commissioned||24 Apr 1937|
HMS Kittiwake is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
Sold to China on 30 September 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Kittiwake (L 30 / K 30)
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|1||Cdr. Edward Reignier Conder, RN||5 Jan 1939||late 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Graham Tucker, OBE, RNR||7 Dec 1940||1 Mar 1942|
|3||Lt. Derek William Austin, RN||1 Mar 1942||Oct 1942|
|4||Lt. John Stafford Hough, RNR||Oct 1942||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Kittiwake include:
20 Sep 1939
At 18.52 hours on 20 September 1939 HMS Kittiwake (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN) was damaged by a British mine in the defensive barrage between Goodwins and Ruytingen in the Strait of Dover, 2 nautical miles east of South Goodwin Light vessel. Five ratings were lost. The commander was blown off the bridge and later rescued by a trawler. 39 crewmen were taken off by HMS Harrier, which towed the vessel to Dover. On 7 October, she was towed by the British steam tugs Gondia and Simla to Sheerness where the ship was under repair until 18 Jan, 1941.