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On This Day - April 14

1881885 - 1920: ThamesLaid down
188NordenfeltBarrow's first Submarine 'Nordenfelt' was launched, 14 April 1886.
191TitanicTitanic hits an iceberg and sinks around midnight
191S2Launched
192Olympus (N35)Laid Down
192Orpheus (N46)Laid Down
194Snapper (N39)While operating in the Skaggerak HMS Snapper torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Florida.
194Sunfish (N81)HMS Sunfish torpedoes and sinks the German Schiff 35/Oldenburg in the Kattegat.
194Upholder (N99)On the 12th April HMS Upholder was ordered to form a patrol line with HMS Urge and HMS Thrasher to intercept a convoy. It is not known if this signal was received and the submarine failed to return to harbour on her due date. A number of theories exist as to the fate of Upholder, the most likely is that she fell victim to a depth charge attack by the Italian anti-submarine vessel Pagaso on 14th April east of Tripoli although no debris was seen and the position of the attack would have put Upholder some 100 miles out of position, however, this can be explained by the submarine changing position to find richer pickings.

A second theory is that the submarine struck a mine near Tripoli on the night of 11th April, supported by the fact that a submarine was sighted approaching a minefield.
194Turbulent (N98)HMS Turbulent sinks the Italian sailing vessel Franco with gunfire off Sebenico, Yugoslavia.
194Trident (N52)HMS Trident attacks the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2202 with gunfire south-east of Capo Mele, Italy.
194Tuna (N94)HMS Tuna attacks the German submarine U-302 with 4 torpedoes south of Jan Mayen Island. The torpedoes miss their target.
194Taurus (P339)HMS Taurus sinks the small Italian tanker Alcione C. with gunfire off the east coast of Corsica, France in position.
194Ultor (P53)HMS Ultor torpedoes and sinks the French Penerf off Nizza, southern France.
194Scythian (P237)Launched

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