Sir Hastings Anderson 1934 - Target Towing Vessel

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Sir Hastings Anderson 1934 - Target Towing Vessel

Post by Woody » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:38 am

Sir Hastings Anderson
Target Towing Vessel - War Department
Launched by Harland & Wolff Ltd Govan, Yard No 935, on 16/6/1934 and sunk by Japanese air attack in 1942
Designed for Target towing and the carriage of freight and passengers

Completed 12/9/1934 as the last of the Steam Towing Vessels and regarded as one of the Army’s handsomest vessels
Stationed in Singapore
1942 towards the end of the Malayan campaign she was crewed by personnel from the combined Water Transport Depot as the local crew had left. She was engaged in destroying amunition dumps on the Islands and left the day before the Japanese Army arrived but was destroyed in a Japanese air attack

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Re: Sir Hastings Anderson 1934 - Target Towing Vessel

Post by davidships » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:28 pm

Wrongly described (including in Reg Cooley's The Unknown Fleet: The Army's civilian Seamen in War and Peace) as "last of the Steam Towing Vessels".
She was diesel-powered. 8cyl 4-stroke 400 x 750mm 750bhp 12½kn 1-screw
B&W trunk-type, made by H&W Belfast.
David Asprey

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