all the branches of men in the Forces, there is none which shows more devotion
and faces grimmer perils than the submariner.
Great deeds are done in the air and on the land; nevertheless, nothing surpasses your exploits." Winston Churchill.
"Only in attack does a submarine reveal herself, before creeping away to the concealment of the deep"
HM Submarine Safari: L-R: Lt Ward; Commissioning
Engr Harris; Cmdr Bryant; Lt Devlin; Sub Lt Blackburn
S Class Subs
S Class engine room
Loading a "Fish" onto Token
Johnny Blackman - Token
Token - Bell
Italian Cruiser Muzio Attendolo in port after a
single torpedo hit from Unbroken. Autumn 1942.
Unbroken 1943. Wardroom on arrival at
I recently asked if these following two images could be identified. Here is an answer from Arthur Dyson:
The photo with civilian workmen on deck" is without doubt one of the later group 3 'S' class which were fitted with a 4 inch deck gun and its surrounding breastwork. Owing to the additional weight of the 4inch gun the external stern torpedo tube was not fitted in these later boats. All the earlier 'S' class boats were fitted with a 3 inch gun and most of the group were fitted with the external stern torpedo tube. The photo shows the submarine in the fitting out basin at Cammell Lairds. There were seventeen 'S' class fitted with the 4 inch gun, five were built at Scott's of Greenock and twelve were built at Cammell Lairds. The last photo is correctly identified as an 'S' class. She is in fact one of the early group 1 'S' class, either "Starfish" or "Seahorse".
An S Class
HMS Exmouth with HMS Tuna alongside at Scapa Flow. Captain David Barnes sent me this. Image is owned by HMS Worcester Archives. He added in his email: "one thing we are very short of is details of the HMS Exmouth at Scapa Flo as depot ship to submarines and Minesweepers.....she was ex training ship Exmouth and destined to become HMS Worcester in 1946 when she returned from Scapa Flo. The attached photo shows HMS Tuna alongside her. We would be delighted if anyone who was aboard HMS Exmouth, a sub or minesweeper or knows where she was moored up there could contact me please." If you have information for David, please contact him on d.barnes -at- xtra.co.nz - remove the -at- and insert @ for his email address. He then goes on:
Then we move on to HMS Oswald .... lost in action after being rammed by an Italian destroyer in the straits of Messina or thereabouts. Our Chief Executive Officer on Worcester was in commend of her. "Frosty" was much admired by us all, he commanded our utmost respect, always the twinkle in his eyes as he dressed you down and we only ever knew him seriously annoyed once when someone chucked a cadet overboard in stupid circumstances .... phew he spat cool hard fire !!! We are looking for anyone who was in the PoW camp from which Frosty tried several escapes one disguised as a pregnant woman pushing a pram.... he was caught at the border.!!
Another image from Captain David Barnes, property of HMS Worcester Archives:
From David: We had a visit during my time of one of the midget subs ... HMS Sprat .... I have searched everywhere for a photo of her and recently one of the Old Worcesters came up with one as she came alongside ..... you can see one of our racing gigs on a mooring top right. A rare image of a midget submarine.
and following, also from David, is HMS Sea Scout alongside HMS Worcester (property of HMS Worcester Archives).
Following an international competition the MoD, together with partner nations France and Norway, has placed a £47m contract with Rolls Royce for a new high-tech rescue system to help crews escape from sunken submarines. The project – The NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) - will be based around a 10-metre, 27-tonne submersible, operated by a crew of three, which can dive down to a stricken submarine and dock with it, bringing the crew up to the surface in batches. As well as a rescue submarine the contract will provide for an unmanned craft which will locate the sunken submarine, decompression chambers, medical facilities and other support equipment. The contract also covers support and operation of the system for the first ten years of its life. The new system will replace the current rescue submarine based on the LR5 submersible, which is reaching the end of her design life. The project will help sustain around 85 jobs across the country. Minister for Defence Procurement Lord Bach said: “This system will give us and our partners the most effective submarine rescue system available. Our submarines are painstakingly designed with safety in mind and their safety record is impeccable, but they operate in the harshest of environments and it is vital we have an effective rescue capability for our submariners. “This project is a fine example of how working with partner nations can bring great benefits by sharing both cost and expertise.” The NSRS will be based in HM Naval Base on the Clyde, where it will be able to respond to emergencies anywhere in the world within 72 hours. The new system is scheduled to enter service at the end of 2006 and will have a life of 25 years.
May 30th 2007: I received an email from a Ron Thomas who is researching the work of a Czech civilian who was taken by the Nazi's to the South of France to undertake work there for them. He was contacted by the French Resistance who took him on a fishing trip off the coast of Brittany from which he was collected by a British sub and taken to Scotland, possibly Woodhouselee POW Camp. He recalled that the journey took about an hour from coast to camp. Ron is desperately trying to find out the name of the submarine that collected this gent?
Ron can be contacted at ElCrthomas at aol.com - replace at with @ to use email address.
Sub Memorial at Carlingford, suburb of Sydney Australia. Image: Bob Appleton
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