Thread: HMS Abel Tasman
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Old 29-12-2012, 15:41
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Default Re: HMS Abel Tasman

ABEL TASMAN was a Dutch coaster, built at Groningen 1937; 314 tons; 126.6ft x 24ft

In May 1940 she was taken over by the Admiralty to assist with the evacuation of troops from northern France with a small naval crew under the command of Lieutenant Edward Terence Mudie. She took part in Operation Dynamo, (evacuation from Dunkirk), and was then assigned to Operation Cycle, (the lifting of troops from other French ports). She sailed from Poole on 11 June to proceed to St Valery in company with several other naval manned coasters, but became detached from the main force in fog. Attempting to return to Poole, she was in the Swash Channel when she detonated a mine and sank. There were no survivors, with all twelve men onboard killed
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