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Olympus (N35)

Built By: Beardmore (Clyde)
Build Group: O Group 2
Fate: The boat was used for magic carpet trips to and from Malta. On 8th May she was detailed to evacuate survivors from the bombed submarines, P36, P39 and Pandora. Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.

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Roll of Honour

W Arnold  Stoker Petty Officer
S Ashton  Leading Signalman
H Bayley  Able Seaman
P Beale  Able Seaman
A Best  Leading Seaman
R Boothroyd  Stoker 1st Class
G Bulmer  Lieutenant
W Burton  Chief Petty Officer
P Butterfield  Stoker 1st Class
R Butterworth  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
F Carty  Able Seaman
E Codral  Signalman
J Collinge  Petty Officer
A Collins  Able Seaman
F Collins  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
F Crowe  Leading Seaman
A Davey  Petty Officer
W Davis  Stoker 1st Class
H Dymott  Lieutenant Commander
H Edmonds  Lieutenant DSC (P36)
H Edmunds  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
G Ellis  Able Seaman
A Fox  Able Seaman
G Freeth  Supply Asisstant
G Garston  Stoker 1st Class
J Goodier  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
W Graham  Telegraphist
W Guest  Chief Engine Room Artificer
M Gumbrell  Telegraphist
A Hadley  Telegraphist
A Hale  Petty Officer
H Hall  Leading Seaman
S Hammond  Petty Officer Telegraphist
P Harrison  Able Seaman
J Highmore  Petty Officer
P Hill  Able Seaman
J Hoath  Stoker 1st Class
F Holt  Able Seaman
H Howes  Weapons Engineer
A Hurlock  Able Seaman
J Jackman  Leading Stoker DSM
R Jarvis  Able Seaman
K Jones  Leading Steward
A Knott  Able Seaman
G Laister  Leading Seaman
N Law  Stoker Petty Officer
L Leigh  Stoker 1st Class
R Lethbridge  Telegraphist
J Lindsell  Lieutenant
N Marriot (P39)  Lieutenant DSC
S Martin  Telegraphist
P Milne-Thompson  Lieutenant
F Mowbray  Leading Stoker
A Neale  Petty Officer
G Newland  Supply Asisstant
W Over  Stoker 1st Class
E Pearson  Stoker 1st Class
W Pearson  Leading Stoker
G Peck  Able Seaman
G Pike  Leading Seaman
R Piper  Leading Stoker
I Price  Stoker 1st Class
E Puttick  Chief Engine Room Artificer
P Rayner  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
B Reeve  Stoker 1st Class
R Regan  Petty Officer Telegraphist
J Rescorla  Able Seaman RNVR
J Ripley  Stoker 1st Class
W Robertson  Able Seaman
J Smith  Telegraphist
J Staff  Telegraphist
E Stovell  Able Seaman
F Talbott  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
F Thompson  Leading Stoker
R Thorpe  Writer
F Trueman  Able Seaman
W Walton  Able Seaman
D White  Leading Seaman
R White  Petty Officer
J Wilford  Lieutenant RNVR
F Wilson  Leading Cook


From 1931 to 1939, the Olympus was part of the 4th Flotilla on the China Station, a historical formation of the British Royal Navy. Before being deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, the boat was part of the 8th Flotilla, Colombo, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), in 1939 and 1940.

An Italian aircraft hit and damaged the submarine on July 7, 1940.

On her way to Gibraltar, submarine hit a mine on May 8, 1942. 89 crew and passengers were lost with the ship; the survivors had to swim 7 miles back to Maltese shores.

A team of divers from Malta and Great Britain originally claimed the discovery of the wreck in 2008 at approximately 35°55'N, 14°35'E, 377 feet below the ocean surface. However, the identity of the submarine was not confirmed until a team from the Key Largo based Aurora Trust was able to re-locate and capture images of the wreck using an ROV in 2011.


14-04-1927 : Laid Down
11-12-1928 : Launched
14-06-1930 : Completed
07-07-1940 : HMS Olympus bombed & damaged by Italian aircraft while in dock at Malta
28-07-1941 : HMS Olympus torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Monteponi about 10 nautical miles north of Cape Comino, Sardinia, Italy.
29-07-1941 : HMS Olympus is damaged by a near miss from an Italian aircraft east of Isola dei Cavoli, Italy.
09-11-1941 : HMS Olympus attacks the Italian merchant Mauro Croce with torpedoes and gunfire in the Gulf of Genoa. The target escaped without damage.
08-05-1942 : Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.


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