Allied Warships

HMS Tern (T 64)

River gunboat of the Tern class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRiver gunboat
PennantT 64 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)  
Ordered14 Jan 1926 
Laid down 
Launched29 Aug 1927 
CommissionedNov 1927 
Lost19 Dec 1941 

Scuttled at Hong Kong on 19 December 1941 to prevent her capture by the Japanese.


Commands listed for HMS Tern (T 64)

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1Lt.Cdr. Marcus Henry Reginald Crichton, RN15 Mar 1938early 1941

2T/Lt. John Douglas, RNR194119 Dec 1941

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Notable events involving Tern include:

7 Oct 1940
HMS Durban (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN) made rendezvous with the river gunboats Cricket (Lt. J.L. Goatley, RN) and Tern (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN) off the Yangtse estuary. They then set course for Hong Kong. (1)

10 Oct 1940
HMS Durban (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN), Cricket (Lt. J.L. Goatley, RN) and Tern (Lt.Cdr. M.H.R. Crichton, RN) arrived at Hong Kong. (1)


  1. ADM 53/112110

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

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