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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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.

Roll of Honour

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


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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