Kudat's sister ship Raub
This 1,725 grt ship was sunk in
December 30, 1941 when she was berthed at Port Swettenhham ( now Port Klang
). She was been attacked and bombed by Japanese dive bombers.
This ship was a
based depot for new "Eureka" fast boat which just been brought
from US and supposed to attacked any Japanese landing on the west coast of
Malaya. But all of them were sunk or driven ashore by Japanese
Kudat was built
in 1914 and owned by Singapore Straits Co. Ltd. where her active duty
transporting supplies in Far East. When war broke out, she was enlisted in
Royal Navy and renamed HMS Kudat.
She was been put to Perak
Flotilla and been stationed with other destroyer and some light ships. She
was armed with light automatic guns as armed traders ship.
On December 30,
1941, she was been strafed, caught fire and sunk when berthed near Port
Swettenham ( Now Port Klang ). Her light machineguns manned by Auxiliary
Merchantmen could not stop Japanese dive bombers from attacking.
For 50 years,
she was forgotten and then when authorities want to clean up the Port Klang
straits for make a safe and clear journey for ship to berth at Port Klang,
she was found and post danger to ship.
1993, for 82 days, she was been
removed and send for scrap. Sad to hear that when some of her parts can be
saved for museums but no one from museums seems interested with her. Poor