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On This Day - November 22

1916E30Lost in the North sea. Possibly mined off Orford Ness. E30 left Harwich on November 15th. The minefield was not located until 25th November.
1918G11G11 ran aground off Howick in Northumberland in adverse weather conditions (navigation having only been possible via dead reckoning)

As the crew abandoned ship, two men fell in the water. The body of Stoker Foster was never recovered but Tel Back was recovered and buried in St Peter's Longhoughton.

One further casualty, Lt Richard Sandford VC (who had been admitted to Eston hospital suffering from typhoid fever) died the day after learning his beloved submarine had been lost.
1939Unbeaten (N93)Laid Down
1941Sea Wolf (N47)HMS Sea Wolf sinks the German merchant ship off the Syltefjord.
1943Torbay (N79)HMS Torbay torpedoes and sinks a German floating dock north of Skiathos Island, Greece.
1944Stratagem (P234)Sunk in Malacca Straits

HMS Stratagem sailed from Trincomalee on 10th November 1944 with orders to patrol in the vicinity of Malacca where it was believed the Japanese were loading ships with bauxite ore. On the afternoon of the 18th Stratagem attacked and sank the tanker Nichinan Maru. On 22nd November a Japanese aircraft spotted the submarine and directed a destroyer to where it had dived. Just after midday the destroyer attacked, the first depth charge causing the submarine's bow to strike the bottom. The submarine was plunged into darkness and the forward part began to flood. Attempts to shut the watertight door to the forward compartment failed and the crew were forced to make their escape.
1944Thorough (P324)HMS Thorough sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca
1956Scorcher (P258)Suffered a fire during exercises.
1999Vengance (S31)Completed
Lastest Comments
18.11.19 on page Andrew (P423)
    in the early 1950's I came across the HMS ANDREW,at ROTHESAY BAY,Isle of BUTE,where it was moored next to the then resident Submarine Supply ship HMS MONTCALME, my Father who was in the ROYAL NAVY during the second World War as a Radar Operator on HMS ULSTER QUEEN,a converted CRUISER,which operated ...
11.11.19 on page Upstart (P65)
Michael Griffiths wrote:
    P 65 Upstart was transferred to the Greek Navy as Y 11 Amfitriti. It was P 59 Untiring that transferred to the Greek Navy as Y 10 Xifias. Sources based on Jane's Fighting Ships tend to get the two boats muddled up as JFS 1954-1955 (maybe others too) got it wrong. Hool & Nutter "Damned Un-Engl...
05.11.19 on page Thunderbolt (N25)
Andrew Barnes,formerly Cook wrote:
    Please note Stanley Cook was an Electrical Artificer...
16.10.19 on page Rorqual (S02)
Andy Anderson wrote:
    Served on this broken down death trap from 1973 to 1974. Too many break downs when dived and when surfaced. The scars of the poor sole that lost his life when the lub oil separator disintegrated were still on the engine room door. What was outstanding was the comraderey oh how I miss it 40 years on...
01.08.19 on page G8
Knud Jakobsen wrote:
    Sea War Museum Jutland, Denmark, has found the submarine in Skagerrak in 2019. It lies at a depth of 100 meters with the bow pointing towards Tees, indicating that it was heading home, when it sank. The wreck is heavily corroded, and in several places it is possible to look into the submarine. Ther...