|HMS Satyr (P214)|
|Class and type:||S class submarine|
|Laid down:||8 June 1940|
|Launched:||September 28, 1942|
|Commissioned:||8 February 1943|
|Renamed:||to French navy February 1952 to August 1961 as Saphir|
|Fate:||broken up April 1962|
814-872 tons surfaced|
990 tons submerged
|Length:||217 ft (66 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft (3.4 m)|
14.75 knots surfaced|
8 knots submerged
|Complement:||48 officers and men|
6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft|
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun
Career[edit | edit source]
Satyr spent much of her wartime career serving in home waters, where she sank the Norwegian merchant Nordnorge, and the German submarine U-987. She also torpedoed the wreck of the German merchant Emsland which was aground off Stadlandet, Norway after being heavily damaged by British torpedo bombers on 20 January 1944. On 11 February the wreck was hit again by aerial torpedoes. Satyr also unsuccessfully attacked the German merchants Bochum and Emma Sauber, and a German convoy off Egersund, Norway.
During 1944-1945 Satyr was disarmed, streamlined and given more powerful batteries to serve as a high speed target submarine.
She was lent to the French navy between February 1952 and August 1961, and renamed Saphir. After 20 years of service, she was broken up in April 1962 at Charlestown.
References[edit | edit source]
- HMS Satyr, Uboat.net
- 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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