HMS Cricket


The gunboat HMS Cricket was laid down by Barclay Curle & Company in Glasgow, and was launched in December 1915 for Royal Navy. She did service in Mesopotamia under First World War, and in the Russian Civil War she participated as support for the British Intervention forces in 1919 to 1920. She was sent to China Station three years later. After the outbreak of World War Two she was transferred to Alexandria. Under an Italian air attack from 9º Gruppo Caccia 12. July 1941 she was heavily damaged and declared a total loss. The following year she was stripped for parts and weapons and towed to Cyprus where she was used as a target ship for RAF pilots. The wreck rest today upside down on a depth of 25 to 30 meter outside Xylofagou in the bay of Larnaca.

Former names:
HMS Cricket
T 75
237,0 x 36,0 x 4 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
645 displ
Glasgow ( UK ) 1915
( UK )

GPS (WGS84): 34 58′ N 33 49′ E
( Source: Proscuba Divers )

Picture: HMS Cicala, sister ship of Cricket
Courtesy of Royal Navy
, Public domain

Last updated: December 2020