HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association

 

FAQ 23

What part did the gunboat Uruguay play in the action?

 

A small naval vessel of the Uruguayan navy, Uruguay's duty was to enforce the integrity of territorial waters claimed by Uruguay. She bravely interposed herself between the two opposing forces as Graf Spee entered the River Plate estuary.

 

As Harwood later said “A very correct but very brave gesture particularly as at about that time the Graf Spee was handing out occasional 11 inch salvoes against both Ajax and Achilles”.

 

Gunboat Uruquay

Gunboat Uruquay