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SUBMARINES

"S" War Emergency and 1941 Programs" submarines (P211) (1942 - 1945)

Spiteful 1945

Scotsman 1963

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
War Emergency program
P211, 1/1943- Safari P211 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1940 18/11/1941 3/1942 lost 8/1/1946
P212, 1/1943- Sahib P212 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1940 19/1/1942 5/1942 sunk 24/4/1943
P213, 1/1943- Saracen P213 - P247 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1940 16/2/1942 6/1942 sunk 14/8/1943
Satyr P214 - S84 Scotts, Greenock 6/1940 28/9/1942 2/1943 to France 2/1952 - 8/1961 (Saphir), BU 4/1962
Sceptre P215 Scotts, Greenock 7/1940 9/1/1943 4/1943 BU 9/1949
1940 program
P216, 1/1943- Sea Dog P216 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 12/1940 11/6/1942 9/1942 BU 8/1948
P217, 1/1943- Sibyl P217 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 12/1940 29/4/1942 8/1942 BU 3/1948
P222 P222 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 8/1940 20/9/1941 5/1942 sunk 12/12/1942
P223, 1/1943- Sea Nymph P223 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1941 29/7/1942 11/1942 BU 6/1948
Sea Rover P218 Scotts, Greenock / Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 1/1941 18/2/1943 7/1943 BU 10/1949
P219, 1/1943- Seraph P219 - S89 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 8/1940 25/10/1941 6/1942 BU 12/1965
P221, 1/1943- Shakespeare P221 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 11/1940 8/12/1941 7/1942 BU 7/1946
P224, 1/1943- Sickle P224 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1941 27/8/1942 12/1942 sunk 14/6/1944
P225, 1/1943- Simoom P225 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1941 12/10/1942 12/1942 sunk 15/11/1943
Sirdar P226 - S76 Scotts, Greenock / Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 4/1941 26/3/1943 9/1943 BU 5/1965
Spiteful P227 Scotts, Greenock 9/1941 5/6/1943 10/1943 to France 1/1952 - 11/1958 (Siréne), BU 7/1963
P228, 1/1943- Splendid P228 Chatham DYd 3/1941 19/1/1942 8/1942 sunk 21/4/1943
P229, 1/1943- Sportsman P229 Chatham DYd 7/1941 17/4/1942 12/1942 to France 1951 (Sibylle)
1941 program, riveted pressure hull
Scythian P237 - S137 Scotts, Greenock 2/1943 14/4/1944 8/1944 BU 8/1960
Shalimar P242 Chatham DYd 4/1942 22/4/1943 4/1944 BU 7/1950
Spark P236 Scotts, Greenock 10/1942 28/12/1943 4/1944 BU 10/1949
Spirit P245 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 10/1942 20/7/1943 10/1943 BU 7/1950
Statesman P246 - S46 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 11/1942 14/9/1943 12/1943 to France 1952 - 11/1959 (Sultane), BU 1/1961
Stoic P231 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1942 9/4/1943 6/1943 BU 7/1950
Stonehenge P232 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 4/1942 23/3/1943 6/1943 sunk 20/3/1944
Storm P233 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1942 18/5/1943 8/1943 BU 9/1949
Stratagem P234 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 4/1942 21/6/1943 10/1943 sunk 22/11/1944
Strongbow P235 Scotts, Greenock 4/1942 30/8/1943 12/1943 BU 4/1946
Stubborn P238 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 9/1941 11/11/1942 2/1943 sunk as target 30/4/1946
Surf P239 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 2/1941 10/12/1942 3/1943 BU 10/1949
Syrtis P241 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 10/1941 4/2/1943 4/1943 sunk 28/3/1944
1941 program, welded pressure hull
Scotsman P243 - S143 Scotts, Greenock 4/1943 18/8/1944 12/1944 BU 11/1964
Sea Devil P244 - S44 Scotts, Greenock 5/1943 30/1/1945 5/1945 BU 12/1965

 

Displacement standard, t

715

Displacement normal, t

842 / 990

Safari, Scotsman, Sea Devil: 814 / 990

Length, m

66.1

Breadth, m

7.24

Draught, m

4.22 - 4.47

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Admiralty diesels / 2 electric motors

P222, Seraph, Shakespeare: 2 Vickers diesels / 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

1900 / 1300

Max speed, kn

14.75 / 9

Fuel, t

diesel oil 67, later 92

Safari, Scotsman, Sea Devil: diesel oil 45, later Scotsman Sea Devil: 85

Endurance, nm(kts)

6000(10) /

Safari, Scotsman, Sea Devil: 4000(10) /

Armament

Sahib, Saracen, Satyr, Sceptre: 7 - 533 TT (6 bow, 1 ext stern, 13 torpedoes or 12 2 mines), 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk II, 3 x 1 - 12.7/62

Sea Dog, Sea Nymph, Sea Rover, Seraph, Shakespeare, Sibyl, Sickle, Simoom, Sirdar, Spiteful, Splendid, Sportsman, Shalimar, Spark, Spirit, Statesman, Stoic, Stonehenge, Storm,  Stratagem, Strongbow, Stubborn, Surf, Syrtis: 7 - 533 TT (6 bow, 1 ext stern, 13 torpedoes or 12 2 mines), 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk II, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

Scotsman, Scythian, Sea Devil: 6 - 533 TT (6 bow,12 torpedoes or 12 2 mines), 1 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk XII, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

Safari, P222: 6 - 533 TT (6 bow, 12 torpedoes or 12 2 mines), 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk II, 3 x 1 - 12.7/62

Sensors

submarines completed in 1942 - 1944: type 291W radar, sonars

submarines completed in 1944 - 1945: type 267QW radar, sonars

Complement

48

Diving depth operational, m

95

Scotsman, Sea Devil: 110

Ship project history: Development of Shark class. 5 submarines were built under "Emergency war program", 13 under 1940 program, 15 under 1941 program. In comparison with pre-war boats of "S" class, bulkheads are fulfilled welded and fuel stowage at the expense of storage of part of fuel in specially arranged  ballast tanks is increased. Two last boats of the 1941 program had all-welded pressure hull, that has raised an operational diving depth to 110m.

Majority of submarines had additional seventh TT out of a pressure hull. During or already after completion all ships have even more increased fuel stowage at the expense of improvement of ballast tanks construction: on 40 or 25t.

Modernizations: 1943 - 1944, survived early submarines: + 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1944 - 1945, Strongbow: - 1 - 533 TT (ext stern) (12 torpedoes totally)

1/1946, Safari: 1 x 1 - 76/45 CP Mk V, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Mk IIA S/M, 6 - 533 TT

1/1946, Satyr, Sceptre: 1 x 1 - 76/45 CP Mk V, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Mk IIA S/M, 7 - 533 TT

1/1946, Sea Dog, Sibyl, Sea Nymph, Sea Rover, Seraph, Shakespeare, Sirdar, Spiteful, Sportsman, Shalimar, Spark, Spirit, Statesman, Stoic, Storm, Strongbow, Stubborn, Surf: 1 x 1 - 76/45 CP Mk V, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Mk IIA S/M, 7 - 533 TT

1/1946, Scythian, Scotsman, Sea Devil: 1 x 1 - 102/40 S Mk I, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Mk IIA S/M, 7 - 533 TT

late 1940s, most submarines: - 1 x 1 - 76/45 or 1 x 1 - 102/40

Naval service: 222 was sunk by DCs of Italian destroyer Fortunale at Naples 12/12/1942. Splendid was sunk by DCs of German destroyer ZG3 Hermes at Corsica 21/4/1943. Sahib was sunk by DCs of Italian corvette Gabbiano at Sicily 24/4/1943. Saracen was sunk by DCs of Italian corvette Minerva in Mediterranean sea 14/8/1943. Simoom was sunk 15/11/1943 by German submarine U565 in Mediterranean sea. Stonehenge was lost 20/3/1944 for the unknown reason in strait of Malacca (Indian ocean). Syrtis was lost 28/3/1944 on a mine at Norway. Sickle was lost 14/6/1944 in Mediterranean sea (possibly on a mine). Stratagem was sunk 22/11/1944 by DCs of Japanese patrol ship in strait of Malacca. Stubborn was sunk in 1946 as a target. Seraph in September 1944 was converted to high speed underwater target. Hull and casing were streamlined, new higher capacity batteries, up-rated motors and "T" class propellers were installed. Maximal speed increased up to 12.5kts at periscope depth and 16.7kts surfaced. Later Sceptre, Satyr and Statesman were so converted. Seraph and Scotsman were used for trials after war. Safari foundered 8/1/1946 in unmanned condition being towed to breakers.

Storm 1944

Seraph 1948

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15