HMS Dauntless sailors pay tribute to men lost on former ship

Picture: Malcolm Wells

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SAILORS from HMS Dauntless have paid tribute to their Victorian predecessors during a visit to Barbados.

The Type 45 destroyer, which recently spent time in the Falklands, has called into the Caribbean island and visited a memorial to the frigate Dauntless, which arrived in Barbados in 1852 with yellow fever on board.

The warship’s crew of 330 was badly affected by the disease which killed 85 men.

The kindness and assistance offered by islanders towards the ship at that time is immortalised by the Dauntless memorial in Bridgetown.

‘Our visit to the memorial was very humbling and served as a stark reminder of how lucky we are in the modern Royal Navy, when we have state-of-the-art medical facilities and the means or ability to get our sailors to hospitals and specialist assistance quickly,’ said Lt Cdr El Stack, the ship’s operations officer.

‘I would much rather serve in the modern version of HMS Dauntless than have had to endure what those sailors did in those days,’ she added.

The ship is now doing drug smuggling patrols before returning home next month.