|HMS Spirit (P245)|
|Class and type:||S class submarine|
|Builder:||Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||27 October 1942|
|Launched:||July 20, 1943|
|Commissioned:||25 October 1943|
|Fate:||broken up 1950|
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
HMS Spirit was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on July 20, 1943. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Spirit.
She survived the Second World War, spending most of it with the Eastern Fleet, where she sank four Siamese sailing vessels, the Japanese ship Ryushin Maru and the Japanese coaster Ryuho Maru. She also sank another unidentified enemy vessel. Spirit also claimed to have damaged a small Japanese oiler with gunfire to the north of Sumatra.
Spirit was eventually paid off, arriving at Ward, of Grays on July 4, 1950 for breaking up.
- HMS Spirit, 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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