Allied Warships

HMS Bandit (W 69)

Rescue Tug of the Brigand class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRescue Tug
PennantW 69 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched15 Feb 1938 
CommissionedMay 1938 
End service 

Bandit was based in Simonstown, South Africa for part of the war. In 1947 she was renamed Briton. From 15 June until 29 June 1948 Briton was docked for the last time in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown prior to her return to the U.K. In 1960 Briton was sold to commercial use.


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Notable events involving Bandit include:

10 Jul 1940
HMRT Bandit tries to salvage the Dutch merchant Alwaki that had been torpedoed by German U-boat U-61 in convoy OA-180 about 10 miles north-east of Cape Wrath, but the ship foundered in the evening.

27 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 24th war patrol at Lerwick having proceeded there from Sullom Voe escorted by HMS Bandit. (1)

23 Feb 1944
HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch in tow of HMS Bandit. They were escorted by HNoMS Narvik. (2)


  1. ADM 199/1836
  2. ADM 173/18857

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

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