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Thames (N71)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: River 1
Fate: Struck a mine and sank off Norway on 2nd August 1940.
Starboard Engine of HMS Thames in works
The Barrow-built Thames which held the record surface speed for the period - 22.5 knots

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Roll of Honour

W Abrams  Petty Officer
F Arnold  Stoker 1st Class
W Baker  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
H Balshaw  Leading Steward
W Bantick  Stoker 1st Class
W Barford  Able Seaman
H Beach  Leading Seaman
E Bell  Leading Stoker
F Bird  Leading Seaman
C Blyth  Stoker 1st Class
R Clark  Petty Officer Telegraphist
A Cummings  Stoker 1st Class
H Cunningham  Leading Stoker
H Curtis  Petty Officer
E Dean  Leading Stoker
G Dennison  Able Seaman
B Dowling  Stoker Petty Officer
W Dunkerley  Lieutenant Commander
A Dyer  Able Seaman
L Edwards  Stoker Petty Officer
H Flower  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
F Geard  Stoker 1st Class
P Godtbill  Stoker 1st Class
L Hall  Leading Stoker
H G Harbert  Able Seaman
J Harker  Stoker 1st Class
L Harris  Able Seaman
J Hewett  Leading Telegraphist
J Hindson  Stoker 1st Class
W Howard  Able Seaman
D Irvine  Stoker 1st Class
A Johnston  Stoker 1st Class
F Kane  Stoker 1st Class
H Keyzar  Chief Engine Room Artificer
J Lee  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
R Millson  Able Seaman
E Moody  Able Seaman
F Morris  Lieutenant
H Mott  Chief Petty Officer
S Murgatroyd  Petty Officer
D Newell  Lieutenant RNR
R Owen  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
B O’Brian  Lieutenant Commander (E)
C Painter  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
J Parker  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
M Parratt  Able Seaman
A Peterson  Leading Signalman
T Ryan  Stoker 1st Class
G Shephardson  Able Seaman
A Southwell  Petty Officer Cook
J Stokes  Stoker 1st Class
W Stribbling  Telegraphist
F Talbot  Lieutenant
A Taylor  Stoker 1st Class
N Taylor  Telegraphist
E Tindall  Petty Officer Telegraphist
R Trebilcock  Leading Seaman
F Waite  Stoker Petty Officer
C Weeks  Able Seaman
J Worrall  Lieutenant RNR



06-01-1931 : Laid Down
26-01-1932 : Launched
14-09-1932 : Completed
26-07-1940 : HMS Thames torpedoes and sinks the German torpedo boat Luchs in the North Sea.
02-08-1940 : HMS Thames was on her first war patrol when she went missing. She had sailed from Dundee on 22nd July to patrol in the North Sea. On the 22nd July Thames successfully attacked the German torpedo boat Luchs just west of the Skagerrak. The Luchs was acting as part of a screen for the battle cruiser Gneisenau, which is believed to been her original target, and that the Luchs had manoeuvred between the submarine and the battle cruiser just as the former fired her torpedoes. The shortened range and the ensuing explosions may have been the cause of the loss of the Thames although the favoured opinion is that the submarine struck a mine on the night of 2nd/3rd August.


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