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HMS Cyclops

   HMS Cyclops was built as merchant ship Indrabarah by Laing and was launched 27th October 1905. She served during the Great War and was used as a a Submarine depot ship in the Mediterranean.

During the Second World War she served as the depot ship for the Royal Navy's 7th Submarine Flotilla and was based in Rothesay. A number of Wrens worked on board, mostly performing administrative duties.

HMS Cyclops was scrapped in 1947 at Newport.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Cyclops

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Drury Maurice Leslie. Able Sea.
  • Loveland Montague William James. CPO.
  • Mitton Leonard Henry. Ldg. Signalman (d.11 Nov 1942)
  • Pickett George William. L.Sig.

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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Cyclops  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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L.Sig. George William Pickett HMS Cyclops

Not a lot is known about George Pickett's sevice days. He was on HMS Renown and He said whilst on HMS Renown, they brought Winston Churchill from Nova Scotia to the United Kingdom. On George's 21st Birthday in 1944, his address was 101 Mess, HMS Cyclops. In February 1946, in St. Rodeaux, he joined the Atheling as crew and sailed to Australia.

Michael Gilmore

Able Sea. Maurice Leslie Drury HMS Cyclops

In August 1944 my mother, Ivy, took my brother and I to spend a month at Rothsay while my father, Maurice Drury, was a member of the crew of HMS Cyclops, then moored in the Bay. I was only seven years old but do remember going aboard the ship for a religious service, and afterwards being shown (what I now think will have been 4") shells in lockers on deck. After that my brother and I were taken aboard a submarine moored alongside. We were not able to visit the torpedo compartment (where my father, a Torpedo man, presumably frequently worked) as the crew were sleeping there before setting off on their next patrol. I also remember seeing the Cyclops from the shore with varying numbers of submarines moored alongside. According to his Certificate of Service, Maurice served on Cyclops from 8th September 1943 to 8th October 1945.

David Drury

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