He came to Holyhead as a 17-year-old on one of the Dutch Motor Torpedo boats
and become a Rear Admiral.
During the war, he was sent to sea aboard the Royal Navy's motor torpedo boats
, but contracted polio in Malta and was hospitalised for a year.
This was followed by an attack by three motor torpedo boats
, firing torpedoes and then machine-gunning the ship, its crew and their lifeboats.
Pope, author of the Ramage series, offers a narrative account of the actions of British motor torpedo boats
in the Mediterranean during WWII, based on eyewitness accounts of the officers and enlisted men.
Canadian artist Tony Law, commander of one of the motor torpedo boats
that patrolled the English Channel (and later of the 29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat
Flotilla), came to stay overnight.
They married in Exeter in 1943 while Mr Crook was a chief motor mechanic on Royal Navy motor torpedo boats
laying mines in the Channel to destroy German shipping.
This Victoria Cross is awarded in recognition not only of the gallantry and devotion to duty of Able Seaman Savage, but also of the valour shown by many other unnamed in motor launches, motor gunboats and motor torpedo boats
who gallantly carried out their duty in entirely exposed positions against enemy fire at very close range.
Working on motor torpedo boats
in the Irish Sea, after being rescued from sinking in 1942, he joined the Radar Control Unit at Kingswear, Devon, and equipped all MTBs with 35-mile radius radars.
The RCN provided 110 ships of various types--destroyers, corvettes, motor torpedo boats
and minesweepers--three flotillas of landing craft and the landing ships Prince David and Prince Henry.