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HMS Andrew
Amphion Class
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Laid Down:13-08-1945
Builder:Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group:A 2
Fate:Scrapped 04/05/1977

HMS Andrew (P423) is one of n the few Barrow-built boats which can boast about being a film star. It also holds a host of other claims to fame.

The Amphion-class submarine was launched on April 6 in 1946. It was fitted with a 4-inch deck gun in 1964 following service during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation to counter blockade-running junks. The gun was flred for the last time in December 1974 and was preserved after the submarine was sold to be broken up in 1977.

HMS Andrew was the oldest submarine of the Amphion class in service and the last UK submarine to carry a deck gun. She was also the last submarine designed during the Second World War remaining in ser/ice and was the first submarine to cross the Atlantic submerged using the 'snort' in May 1953.

The 2,500-nautical mile trip was made from Bermuda to England and took 15 days in total. It set a new world record for continuous underwater operation.

HMS Andrew was used in the 1959 Stanley Kramer film On the Beach to depict the fictional United States Navy nuclear submarine USS Sawfish because the US Navy did not cooperate in the production of the film.

HMS Andrew also appeared as HMS Trojan in the 1950 submarine disaster story Morning Departure - about a sub entangled by a magnetic mine with her trapped crew awaiting rescue.

10-10-1950:Andrew was involved in a collision.

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Length overall  280ft 6in
Beam  22ft 4in
Depth  16ft 9in
Displacement   1385 tons (surface) / 1620 tons (submerged)
Diving Depth  350 feet
Speed  Surface 18.5 knots (design) / Submarged 8 knots (design)
No. of shafts  2
Armament  6 21-inch bow tubes (2 external), 4 21-inch stern tubes (2 external) (20 torpedoes carried). 1 4-inch gun, 1 20mm Qerlikon cannon, 3 0.303-inch machine-guns
Endurance  Surface: 10 500 miles at 11 knots (design) / Submarged: 16 miles at 8 knots or 90 miles at 3 knots
Complement   61

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