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On This Day - October 22

1917C32Based at Rogekul to operate in the Gulf of Riga, the submarine was seriously damaged during attack on German naval forces in October 1917. Deliberately ran aground and destroyed by her crew near Pernau, Gulf of Riga.
19191882 - 1919: HebeSold
1939P511HMS Undine departed Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Denmark and in the Heligoland Bight.
1941Urge (N17)Urge was patrolling off Kuriat Island, Tunisia when he sighted a Merchant Vessel which he fired three torpedoes. They were seen and avoided by the target but a fourth torpedo hit and sank the 1,407 ton MARIA POMPEI. On the same day another attack resulted in the sinking of the 5,996 ton MARIGOLA.
1941Rorqual (N74)HMS Rorqual lays 40 mines off Capo Ferrato, south-east Sardinia.
1942Thule (P325)Launched
1942Totem (P352)Laid Down
1943Unseen (P51)HMS Unseen torpedoes and sinks the German barge F 541 off Imperia, Liguria, Italy.
1944Tantivy (P319)While operating in Makassar Strait HMS Tantivy sinks the Japanese Communications Vessel No. 137. Tantivy also sinks 6 small vessels that are unidentified with gunfire.
2003Ambush (S120)Laid Down
2010Astute (S119)HMS Astute grounded in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye just after 8am.

The vessel was on the surface conducting a personnel transfer when her rudder became grounded when its rudder apparently became stuck on a shingle bank in the Kyle of Lochalsh, near the Skye road bridge.

During the operation to tow Astute clear, there was a collision between the rescue tug and the submarine, which resulted in damage to her starboard foreplane. The submarine returned under its own power to Faslane, where the damage incurred in the grounding and afterward was described as minor.

Lastest Comments
07.09.17 on page Cheese Ush
Malcolm Wheeler wrote:
    Made my day, asked a modern day RN Chef and other x RNers for a cheese Ush recipe only to be greeted with blank looks. Don't feed em like they did in my day. Just one question I take it arries are a tiffs word for taties? How much is needed?...
07.08.17 on page Wadding - Escape from 603ft
Hamish Jones wrote:
    the world record set in 1987 was completed by WO. Norman Cook MBE and PO. Hamish Jones BEM Can't find any reference to this world record ...
02.08.17 on page P36
carol clare wrote:
    My father was chief engineer on P36 and was one of the men left in charge whilst she was in Silema creek in April 1942. He has written about her sinking in his memoirs, a copy of which is in the Submarine museum in Gosport. His name was Kenneth Harcourt England, and his book is "All at Sea" - memoi...
02.07.17 on page Explorer
Andrew Coulthard wrote:
    Thank you for this interesting and detailed account of the HTP experimental submarine programme. Capt. O. J. Coulthard, my grandfather, was master of the RFA Spabeck from April 1961 and this tells us more about his career at sea....
23.06.17 on page Disaster Beneath the Waves
Keith Hallam wrote:
    Snort masts had a snort mast locking pin on the side of the fin some way above the casing, certainly higher than the 3ft height of the break off point. So this means that the locking pin wasn't engaged? This leads me to three scenarios.... 1. They had forgotten to engage the locking pin after raisi...