Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.
Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.
Story as told below by Lt. Cmdr Henry Collingwood-Selby's Son Richard.
Lt. Cmdr. Henry Collingwood-Selby was the captain of the Redstart in 1941 and received the order to scuttle her-
My father commanded the Redstart for probably over a year (but I have not found the date of his appointment). I do know that he took the ship from Hong Kong to Singapore embarking on 10th January 1941 and arriving in Singapore harbour on the 17th. He spent the next few months laying and relaying mines at Singapore. Then he took Redstart back to Hong Kong, leaving on 4th April and arriving at Hong Kong on Saturday 12th April.
My father was still in command of Redstart when the Japanese attacked Hong Kong on 8th December 1941. The ship was attacked several times but managed to survive, although its only armament was two Lewis guns.
The ship spent its last few days between Aberdeen harbour and Deepwater Bay. On Friday 12th the crew painted the ship brown and green for camouflage purposes. It was in Deepwater Bay, close in to the shore, on Friday 19th at about 10.30 a.m. when my father received orders to scuttle the ship. He opened the sea cocks and Redstart sank as the crew landed ashore and proceeded to Aberdeen harbour for further orders. A contingent went with my father into the hills, where my father was wounded and taken prisoner two days later.
Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.