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On This Day - November 19

1909C31Completed
1909C32Completed
1914W1Launched
1918H32Launched
1918H47Launched
1941Rorqual (N74)HMS Rorqual lays 50 mines in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle, France.
1941Dolfijn (P47)Laid Down
1941Unruly (P49)Laid Down
1942Porpoise (N14)HMS Porpoise fires a torpedo against the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39/Fertilia off the Libyan coast. The torpedo missed.
1943Simoom (P225)HMS Simoon believed lost by mines near the Dardanelles. No survivors

HMS Simoom sailed for a patrol in the Aegean on 2nd November 1943. On the 5th she received a signal to divert to the entrance of the Dardanelles. Ten days later she was sent orders to return to port. The submarine never arrived. On 15th November German radio broadcasts stated that a submarine had been destroyed in the Aegean and that several of the crew had been rescued. It is unlikely that this was Simoom, as it would have put her miles out of position. None of the claimed survivors stated that they were from Simoom. It is more likely that the submarine struck a mine or was lost through an accident.
1943Sibyl (P217)HMS Sibyl sinks a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Saloniki, Greece.
1943Sickle (P224)HMS Sickle torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant (in German service) Giovanni Boccaccio off Monemvasia, Greece.
1944Stratagem (P234)HMS Stratagem torpedoes and sinks the the Japanese tanker Nichinan Maru in the Malacca Strait.
1944Thorough (P324)HMS Thorough lays mines in the Strait of Malacca.
1948Sidon (P259)19th November 1948 Taken in hand at Portsmouth for fitting ballast.
1969HMCS GrilseHMCS Grilse (ex-USS Burrfish) sunk as a target off San Clemente, California by USN

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