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HMS Shakespeare
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Shakespeare 

(P221)
Laid Down:13-11-1940
Launched:08-12-1942
Completed:10-07-1942
Builder:Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group:S Grp3
 
Fate:Scrapped Briton Ferry 7/46

Ex P221 Ex P71

Events
13-05-1943:HMS Shakespeare sinks the Italian sailing vessels Sant' Anna M. and Adelina with gunfire off the north-east coast of Sardinia.
06-08-1943:While on patrol north-west of Ustica, HMS Shakespeare fires three torpedoes at what is identified as an Italian light cruiser. All torpedoes missed their target.
07-09-1943:HMS Shakespeare torpedoes and sinks the Italian submarine Velella about 18 nautical miles east of Licosa Island, south of Salerno, Italy. There were no survivors.
26-10-1943:HMS Shakespeare sinks the Greek sailing vessel Aghios Konstantinos 23 nautical miles north-east of Andros, Greece.
03-11-1943:HMS Shakespeare sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire off Kos, Greece.
03-12-1943:HMS Shakespeare sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire off Kos, Greece.
31-12-1944:HMS Shakespeare torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant cargo ship Unryu Maru east of Port Blair, Andaman Islands.
03-01-1945:HMS Shakespeare and the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 1 engage each other with gunfire off the Nancowry Strait, Nicobar Islands. Both ships are damaged in the engagement.

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Specification

Length overall  217ft
Beam  23ft 6in
Depth  11ft
Displacement   872 tons (surface) / 990 tons (submerged)
Diving Depth  350 feet
Speed  Surface 15 knots (design) 14.75 knots (service) / Submerged 10 knots (design) 9 knots (service)
No. of shafts  2
Armament  (i) 6 21-inch bow tubes, 1 21-inch stern tube (13 torpedoes carried). 1 3-inch gun, 3 0.303-inch machine-guns, 1 20mm Oerlikon cannon
Endurance  Surface: 6000 miles at 10 knots (design)
Complement   48
Note  The armament of submarines of this class varied considerably. For example: 23 boats were fitted with the six bow tubes only; 18 vessels, intended to operate in the Far East, had their 3-inch guns replaced by 4-inch guns; whilst, in some boats, the Oerlikon cannon replaced, rather than supplemented, the three machine-guns.

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