The Yangztee incident 1949

Wednesday 13 July 2022


Michael Sewell

In 1949, the HMS Amethyst was caught in the middle of the Chinese Civil War between the Nationalists and the Communists.  Coming under heavy fire by the communists, the ship became grounded.  After help from HMS Consort, HMS London and HMS the Black Swan, the Amythest eventually sailed to safety.  All ships involved suffered casualties. 

Although Michael Sewell is no expert in post war history, his connection to the Black Swan comes through his grandfather who served as an engineer onboard.  Michael will provide us with a brief insight into the events from that fateful few months and give us an insight into what happened in 1949.