|HMS Spiteful (P227)|
|Class and type:||S-class submarine|
|Builder:||Scotts - Greenock|
|Laid down:||September 19, 1941|
|Launched:||June 5, 1943|
|Commissioned:||October 6, 1943|
|Decommissioned:||July 15, 1963|
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
Commander[edit | edit source]
Her pennant number was originally P77. She was commanded by a Canadian, Lt Cdr "Freddy" Sherwood DSC RCNVR, the first Volunteer Reservist to be given a command in World War II, (slightly pre-dating Edward Young's command of HMS Storm) from the time she was built until she was lent to the French. Sherwood was also Benjamin Bryant's 1st Lieutenant in both HMS Sealion and HMS Safari, 3rd Flotilla. She travelled to HMS Forth, Holy Loch for her work-up.
Career[edit | edit source]
Her first war patrol was in the North Atlantic, from 29 December 1943 to 12 January 1944. She returned to Lerwick, in Shetland, where a battery was replaced and a "singing" screw was repaired. She sailed for Ceylon, arriving in April 1944. She was assigned to 8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone. She made two patrols, then transited to Fremantle. She sunk a number of Japanese vessels with gunfire, on June 30, July 2 and December 14.
Another incident involved USS Gabilan, when the American ship almost fired upon her, before recognising her as a friendly ship. Spiteful then bombarded installations on the Andaman Islands and Christmas Island. She made three further patrols, totalling 109 days at sea - the three longest patrols by any 'S' class submarine - 34, 38 and 37 days (Sirdar achieved one of 49 days) - with little luck. She returned to the UK in April 1945 for a refit. She was loaned to France as Sirene from 1952 to 1958. On 1 July 1963 she arrived at Faslane to be broken up 15 July 1963.
References[edit | edit source]
- HMS Spiteful, 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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