|HMS Salmon (N65)|
|Class and type:||S-class submarine|
|Builder:||Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||15 June 1933|
|Launched:||30 April 1934|
|Commissioned:||8 March 1935|
|Fate:||Sunk on 9 July 1940|
670 tons surfaced|
960 tons submerged
|Length:||208 ft 9 in (63.63 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
13.75 knots surfaced|
10 knots submerged
|Complement:||39 officers and men|
6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes|
one three-inch gun
one .303-calibre machine gun
On 12 December 1939, Salmon sighted the German liner SS Bremen. While challenging Bremen, an escorting Dornier Do 18 seaplane forced Salmon to dive. After diving the Salmon's commander, Lieutenant Commander E. O. Bickford, decided not to torpedo the liner because he believed she was not a legal target. Bickford's decision not to fire on Bremen likely delayed the start of unrestricted submarine warfare in the war.
On 13 December 1939, Salmon sighted a fleet of German warships. She fired a spread of torpedoes which damaged two German cruisers (one was German cruiser Leipzig, the other, her younger sister ship, German cruiser Nürnberg). Salmon evaded the fleet's destroyers, which hunted her for two hours.
She was lost, probably sunk by a mine, on 9 July 1940.
References[edit | edit source]
- Huchthausen, Peter A. (2005). Shadow Voyage: The Extraordinary Wartime Escape of the Legendary SS Bremen. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 164, 227. ISBN 0-471-45758-2. OCLC 55764562.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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