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Old 27-03-2009, 16:51
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Was there ever a warship in the Royal Navy called the "Afrikander", or have I got it mixed up with some other ship with a similar name... George,,
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Old 27-03-2009, 17:03
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George, indeed there was..

She was an old screw gunboat initially Hms Flora and renamed Afrikander in 1933. There is a badge for Afrikander passed as a pattern in 1937 the year she was sold.


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Old 27-03-2009, 17:14
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Cheers Alan, that would have been a sleepless night. I can recall seeing the badge on the thread. But somehow I still have this name in the back of my head, of a ship with a similar name...once again Alan many thanks for clearing that problem up.... George.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:53
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There was an earlier vessel by this name, a Cape Town-based steam tug called the Ludwig Wiener, which the British Admiralty took up for war service in 1914. Armed with one 12-pounder and one 6-pounder gun and additional searchlights, she became the armed patrol vessel HMS Afrikander. She served under the White Ensign for a mere seven months before being returned to the South African Railways and Harbours Administration, reverting to her original name.

Later in the war, another merchant vessel - a Norwegian-owned (but German-registered) whalecatcher called Bismarck (a prize of war) - was pressed into service as HMS Afrikander (ii), which served as a base ship at Simon's Town between 1917-19.

There was also a Royal Navy shore establishment named HMS Afrikander in Youngsfield, Cape Town, which eventually closed in 1976.

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Old 09-06-2009, 11:00
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Many thanks for that information Glyn. Comes in handy.. Very much appreciated............. George
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Old 11-06-2009, 17:07
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'Youngsfield' was a satellite of Afrikander, which was the name of the naval base at Simons Town, 45 mins up the road from Cape Town. Some more info as follows: The R.N. Base at Simon's Town was H.M.S. AFRIKANDER with a variety of nominal depot ships including the hulk THAMES (formerly a light cruiser and S/M Depot Ship and then the civilian T.S. GENERAL BOTHA), a 60 ft. HL(D) and, finally, a 44 ft. fast motor boat. There were about six shore bases named AFRIKANDER (Nos. I to VI or so) in various places during World War II.

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Old 11-06-2009, 18:37
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Cheers Mik, that's great info...Thanks a lot..... George
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Old 12-06-2009, 16:21
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Old 13-06-2009, 20:19
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George

If you want the full chapter and verse on Afrikander let me know and I'll gladly dig the info out for you.

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Old 19-01-2018, 22:40
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My dad Stan Robinson was stationed at Afrikander 1942-1943 he was a radio operator. Prior to South Africa he was on HMS Newcastle for a couple of years
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I'm a child of the stone frigate HMS Afrikander. Born in the Peninsula Maternity Home in Cape Town's District 6 and lived in Simons Town until the age of 3 while my Dad was working in the signals section of CinC South Atlantic. Looking at Google Streetview, the buildings where he worked are still there. There's photos on the other post here...

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