British seaman served as helmsman aboard HMS Amethyst during Yangtse Incident in China, 1949
REEL 1 Enlistment in Royal Navy, 1946. Recollections of period as helmsman aboard HMS Amethyst during Yangtse incident in China, 1949: duties aboard ship; impressions of previous voyage up River Yangtse, 1948; Chinese Communists opening fire on ship, 4/1949; casualties caused by shelling; reasons for staying on board ship; laying out of dead; arrival of Commander John Keran's; role in charge of wheelhouse during siege; methods of passing time during siege; conditions on board ship during siege; arrival of fuel oil; preparations for break out; break-out and dash for sea; reception by HMS Concord; reception in Hong Kong and GB.
REEL 2 Continues: opinion of Commander John Kerans; opinion of Sub-Lieutenant Keith Hett; lack of navigation charts of River Yangtse; reaction to escape; opinion of Chinese propaganda about HMS Amethyst's escape; arrival of Short Sunderland flying boat with medical aid; tending of wounded; rescue attempts by Royal Navy warships; question of HMS Amethyst's presence in River Yangtse; burial of ship's dead; infestation of rats. HMS Amethyst's patrols off Malayan coast during Malayan Emergency, 1948. Impressions of Hong Kong, 1947.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.