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HMS Amathyst

Discussion in 'Post War 1945-1955' started by urqh, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

    Dec 23, 2002
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    Nearly got past us....Few days late...The infamous Yangtse incident....

    care of Wiki..
    The Yangtse Incident
    Main article: Amethyst Incident
    On 20 April 1949, HMS Amethyst was on her way from Shanghai to Nanking (now Nanjing) when she was fired upon by the People's Liberation Army, thus starting the Amethyst Incident. HMS Amethyst was trapped in China until 30 July 1949.
    For the 1957 film Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst, Amethystwas brought out of storage to play herself. As her engines were no longer operational, her sister ship, Magpie, was used for shots of the ship moving.Amethyst was scrapped shortly after the filming was finished.

    The ship suffered numerous dead and injured...most escaping ashore...The following months saw her held virtual hostage with all of the China Station looking on. Britains public followed the story until it seemed to be none ending...Then she slipped...And made full steam...and ran like a rocket to Woosung...Splice the Mainbrace. For me the one incident in the Royal Naval history that says it all....God bless her and all who sailed in her.

    Edit....Amathyst was firmly ensconsed in ww2...hence placing it here.
  2. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Cheers, was watching the movie the other week too.
  3. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Jun 20, 2002
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    London, England.
    You forgot the cat ! Simon, who was awarded the Dickin medal ( the 'animals VC' ). The movie is an absolute favourite of mine.....

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