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HMS Olympus
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Laid Down:14-04-1927
Builder:Beardmore (Clyde)
Build Group:O Grp2
Fate:The boat was used for magic carpet trips to and from Malta. On 8th May she was detailed to evacuate survivors from the bombed submarines, P36, P39 and Pandora. Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.

Roll Of Honour
W Arnold  Stoker Petty Officer
S Ashton  Leading Signalman
H Bayley  Able Seaman
P Beale  Able Seaman
A Best  Leading Seaman
R Boothroyd  Stoker 1
G Bulmer  Lieutenant
W Burton  Chief Petty Officer
P Butterfield  Stoker 1
R Butterworth  Engine Room Artificer 2
F Carty  Able Seaman
E Codral  Signalman
J Collinge  Petty Officer
A Collins  Able Seaman
F Collins  Engine Room Artificer 4
F Crowe  Leading Seaman
A Davey  Petty Officer
W Davis  Stoker 1
H Dymott  Lieutenant Commander
H Edmonds  Lieutenant DSC (P36)
H Edmunds  Engine Room Artificer 3
G Ellis  Able Seaman
A Fox  Able Seaman
G Freeth  Supply Asisstant
G Garston  Stoker 1
J Goodier  Engine Room Artificer 4
W Graham  Telegraphist
W Guest  Chief Engine Room Artificer
M Gumbrell  Telegraphist
A Hadley  Telegraphist
A Hale  Petty Officer
H Hall  Leading Seaman
S Hammond  Petty Officer Telegraphist
P Harrison  Able Seaman
J Highmore  Petty Officer
P Hill  Able Seaman
J Hoath  Stoker 1
F Holt  Able Seaman
H Howes  Weapons Engineer
A Hurlock  Able Seaman
J Jackman  Leading Stoker DSM
R Jarvis  Able Seaman
K Jones  Leading Steward
A Knott  Able Seaman
G Laister  Leading Seaman
N Law  Stoker Petty Officer
L Leigh  Stoker 1
R Lethbridge  Telegraphist
J Lindsell  Lieutenant
N Marriot (P39)  Lieutenant DSC
S Martin  Telegraphist
P Milne-Thompson  Lieutenant
F Mowbray  Leading Stoker
A Neale  Petty Officer
G Newland  Supply Asisstant
W Over  Stoker 1
E Pearson  Stoker 1
W Pearson  Leading Stoker
G Peck  Able Seaman
G Pike  Leading Seaman
R Piper  Leading Stoker
I Price  Stoker 1
E Puttick  Chief Engine Room Artificer
P Rayner  Engine Room Artificer 4
B Reeve  Stoker 1
R Regan  Petty Officer Telegraphist
J Rescorla  Able Seaman RNVR
J Ripley  Stoker 1
W Robertson  Able Seaman
J Smith  Telegraphist
J Staff  Telegraphist
E Stovell  Able Seaman
F Talbott  Engine Room Artificer 2
F Thompson  Leading Stoker
R Thorpe  Writer
F Trueman  Able Seaman
W Walton  Able Seaman
D White  Leading Seaman
R White  Petty Officer
J Wilford  Lieutenant RNVR
F Wilson  Leading Cook

From 1931 to 1939, the Olympus was part of the 4th Flotilla on the China Station, a historical formation of the British Royal Navy. Before being deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, the boat was part of the 8th Flotilla, Colombo, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), in 1939 and 1940.

An Italian aircraft hit and damaged the submarine on July 7, 1940.

On her way to Gibraltar, submarine hit a mine on May 8, 1942. 89 crew and passengers were lost with the ship; the survivors had to swim 7 miles back to Maltese shores.

A team of divers from Malta and Great Britain originally claimed the discovery of the wreck in 2008 at approximately 35°55'N, 14°35'E, 377 feet  below the ocean surface. However, the identity of the submarine was not confirmed until a team from the Key Largo based Aurora Trust was able to re-locate and capture images of the wreck using an ROV in 2011.

07-07-1940:HMS Olympus bombed & damaged by Italian aircraft while in dock at Malta
28-07-1941:HMS Olympus torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Monteponi about 10 nautical miles north of Cape Comino, Sardinia, Italy.
29-07-1941:HMS Olympus is damaged by a near miss from an Italian aircraft east of Isola dei Cavoli, Italy.
09-11-1941:HMS Olympus attacks the Italian merchant Mauro Croce with torpedoes and gunfire in the Gulf of Genoa. The target escaped without damage.
08-05-1942:Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.

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Length overall  283ft 6in
Beam  29ft 10¾in
Depth  16ft 11 7/8in
Displacement   1781 tons (surface) / 2038 tons (submerged)
Diving Depth  500 feet
Speed  Surface 17 to 17.5 knots (design) 17.5 knots (service) / Submerged 9 knots (design) 8 knots (service)
No. of shafts  2
Propeller  3 blades, 6ft 5in dia
Armament  6 21-inch bow tubes, 2 21-inch stern tubes (14 torpedoes carried). 1 4-inch gun
Endurance  Surface: 14000 miles at 8 knots (design) 11400 miles at 8 knots (service) / Submerged: 60 miles at 4 knots (design) 8 miles at 8 knots, 52 miles at 4 knots (service)
Complement   53

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