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Anchorite (P422)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: A 2
Fate: Scrapped in August 1970 at Troon.

Ordered late in the Second World War and built by Vickers Armstrong ready for launching on January 22 in 1946. The intention was to name the boat HMS Amphion but it was changed shortly before the launch.

In 1960 HMS Anchorite hit an uncharted rock in the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, New Zealand. The rock is now known as Anchorite Rock on the nautical charts of the area at a depth of 16m.

Also in 1960 Anchorite was the first Royal Navy submarine to visit Tonga since the end of the Second World War.

Surviving boats, including HMS Anchorite, were modernised between 1955 and 1960. Both forward and aft sections were rebuilt, fin modified and the external torpedo tubes were removed.


Events

13-08-1945 : Laid Down
22-01-1946 : Launched
18-11-1947 : Completed
13-10-1956 : Anchorite went aground in Rothesay Bay and was stuck for 2 days before being pulled free.
03-10-1960 : Anchorite was damaged striking an uncharted rock now known as Anchorite rock in the Gulf of Auraki, New Zealand.


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