HMS Amethyst U-16 / F-116
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May 9, 1945: The whale boat from HMS Amethyst U-16 is seen approaching the German submarine U-249 to
accept her surrender off Portland, England. The Coxswain of the whaler was Able Seaman William James from Glyncorrwg, South Wales. The officer about to board U-249 was the navigating office of HMS Amethyst Lt. John Palmer (later Sir John Palmer), he was the only person on board who could speak fluent German.
(Photo courtesy of Charlie Chivers, R.N.)



HMS Amethyst U-16 seen in 1946.



HMS Amethyst U-16 seen in 1946.
(Photo courtesy of Charlie Chivers, R.N.)



HMS Amethyst F-116 seen in 1949.



Some of the damage HMS Amethyst F-116 received during the Yangtze Incident.
(Photo courtesy of Lt. Commander K. Stewart Hett, M.B.E., R.N. Ret.)





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