Taku’s last captain dies

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THE most famous captain of Spalding’s warship – HMS Taku – died on Tuesday aged 95 in his adopted home of Australia.

Capt George Hunt sank more warships than any other British submariner. His success earned him a DSC and Bar and a DSO and Bar. He was twice mentioned in dispatches.

During Warships Week in March 1942, the people of Spalding and district raised £353,151 to adopt Taku – equal to £10-£12 million at today’s prices.

Terry Carter, of Spalding Royal Naval Association, said Capt Hunt was the “deadliest submarine captain” and was Taku’s last commander before the submarine was withdrawn from service in 1945.

The RNA has the Taku ship’s bell and other artefacts in safe keeping. Its ensign and ‘jolly roger’ is kept by Spalding Gentlemen’s Society.