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On This Day - July 19

1909C30Launched
19281928 - 1942: Medway (F25)Launched at Vickers Armstrongs, Barrow
1940P611Launched
1940Umbra (P35)Laid Down
1941Umpire (N82)HMS Umpire left Chatham on 19th July 1941 bound for the Clyde prior to joining the 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Dunoon. Having stopped over night at Sheerness she joined up with a northbound convoy, although she was not part of the convoy escort.

Umpire developed mechanical problems and began to fall behind the convoy which was kept informed of the submarines progress by radio. At midnight the northbound convoy passed a southbound convoy as expected but Umpire following behind was surprised to see the convoys pass starboard to starboard rather than the normal port to port. Umpire altered her course to port as the first few vessels passed to Umpire's starboard side but the trawler Peter Hendriks remained on a collision course.

As the two vessels came together a gash was torn in Umpire's side sending her to the bottom. 22 of her crew went down with the ship
1941Tuna (N94)HMS Tuna fires 6 torpedoes at the German tanker Benno escorted by the German minesweepers M 18, M 25, M 27 and M 30 60 nautical miles north-west of the Gironde estuary. Although six detanations were heard all torpedoes missed their target.
1942Traveller (N48)HMS Traveller departed Haifa for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. En-route to her patrol area she is to patrol along the North coast of Crete.
1943Safari (P211)HMS Safari sinks the German barges Maria, Paula and the Italian armed yacht Margherita with gunfire in the port of Favone, Corsica, France.
1943Sickle (P224)HMS Sickle sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper V 131/Amgiola Maria C. with gunfire off Porto Vecchio, Italy.
1943Unshaken (P54)Near Malta HMS Unshaken is missed by four torpedoes fired by ORP Dzik. The Poles thought they were attacking an enemy submarine, luckily the torpedoes missed.
1943Veldt (P71)Launched
1944Vampire (P72)While on patrol off Milos, Greece HMS Vampire fires four torpedoes at the German merchant Pelikan and the German torpedo boat TA 19. All torpedoes miss.
1944Vivid (P77)HMS Vivid sinks a Greek fishing vessel with gunfire off Santorini Island, Greece.
1945Thule (P325)HMS Thule sinks a Japanese coaster with gunfire of the north coast of Java, Netherlands East Indies.

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