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1930s HMS Tamar - Receiving Ship

1930s HMS Tamar - Receiving Ship

1947 HMS Tamar - Receiving Ship

HMS Tamar was scuttled in Victoria Harbour in December 1941 during the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong. News story dated 20 December 1947.







Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1933


The mast belonging to HMS Tamar stands next to Murray Building in Stanley.

HMS Tamar Mast

I read somewhere that the main doors to St John's Cathedral were made of wood from the ship after the war to replace the ones damaged by the Japanese.

The story of St John's Cathedral by Doreen King says 'the entrance doors are said to have been made from the wood of the naval receiving ship HMS Tamar'. But it does not provide a time frame.

St John's Cathedral Entrance Doors

These stories all mumble about because of various muddles. One is over the material the Tamar was built from - she was riveted iron, so had timber only for deck planking in interior furniture (bulkheads, doors, etc.) so, whence the doors? Another  with respect to the door is how the timber for it was 'rescued' from a wreck that had spent 6 years submerged in muddy, sewagey, fuel slicked Victoria Harbour, and that had to be salvaged by a private contractor in around 6 months flat mid-1947-31.12.1947, some of which salvage he did by explosive demolition. Perhaps the most common muddle is over which Tamar - the mast came from the 1960s Tamar, not the ship (as a ten second comparison of photos would indicate); the anchor at the HKMCD is probably a gunboat leftover hanging around the dockyard stores when the dockyard shut up shop in 1959 - it is far too small for one of the base depot ship Tamar's (again a thoughtful photo inspection would provide the answer); the doors again (only hearsay anyway - no record of any such gift in either the restoration donations lists or in any news story about the restoration programme - the only "Tamar" gift was organized by my father, of a newly made, carved teak altar made by the chippies (from who knows what wood) and given by Holy Trinity (the Dockyard) Church, in the old Wellington Barracks of which he was 'vicar' as Senior Chaplain to the British Pacific Fleet.)

Stephen D 

Some interesting details and findings http://www.wd2.gov.hk/document/Final_PAIA_Report.pdf