Rorqual (S02)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: P2
Fate: March 1977 sold for scrap to Davies and Cann Ltd. Left under tow on May 5th 1977 for Plymouth.

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She was built by the Vickers shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The boat was named for both the Rorqual whale and the earlier Second World War-era submarine of the same name.

In 1958, Rorqual experienced a fire.

In 1963, she was caught in a trawler's net.

In 1966, Rorqual was off the coast of Mozambique en route to Singapore whan an explosion killed two crew members and injured twenty.

In 1969, Rorqual rammed a moored minesweeper, USS Endurance (MSO-435) while docking at River Point pier in Subic Bay, Philippines. The collision punched a large hole in Endurance's hull but did not damage Rorqual. At the time of the incident, Rorqual was commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Gavin Menzies who retired the following year and later published the controversial book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.

In 1973, Rorqual won the SOCA Efficiency trophy.


15-01-1955 : Laid Down
05-12-1956 : Launched
24-10-1958 : Completed


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