Narwhal (S03)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: P2
Fate: 1983 towed to a position off Falmouth and scuttled for use as diver training in salvage exercises. still in use

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Paid off and placed in reserve 1977. Taken in hand during 1980 and sunk off Portland for Smashex exercise. Salvaged and towed to Devonport.



15-03-1956 : Laid Down
25-10-1957 : Launched
04-05-1959 : Completed


My late father was CERA Dickie on HMS Narwhal until he left the Navy in 1972 and moved to South Africa.
   Dave Dickie Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Was an OEM1 on Narwhal in the Seventies. Can't remember to many names but can see the faces of the lads. Wacker Payne was the POEL, Ollie Windle was the skipper and we had a stoker called Basil who had a chopper motor bike. I think we did a trip to northern Norway at some stage and a round Britain tour to Sunderland, Newcastle, and through the Pentland Firth in a force 12 to Portree on the Isle of Skye. we then took her into drydock in Chatham dockyard for a refit..These were great times and our ships company were left to our own devices mainly. Myself and a stoker called Wingent (Wingnut) did the cooking. I remember there was a production line going putting ships in bottles for the local pubs. I was drafted to HMAS Platypus in Sydney for 12 months as spare crew for HM/SM Odin. Life's a beach. When I got back to the uk I left the RN and joined the Merchant Navy with Blue Star Line sailing mainly to North and South America, Australia and New Zealand via South Africa or the west coast of the USA. I also spent time in the Falklands in 1982 on a reefer ship being used as a supply ship for the task force.
Like your site. Keep up the good work.
   Graham(George) Bourne Thu, 9 May 2019

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