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Swordfish (N61)

Built By: Chatham Dockyard (Medway)
Build Group: S Group 1
Fate: 7 November 1940 - Mined of St. Catherine's Point Isle of Wight

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Roll of Honour

Apps  Able Seaman
Blackmore  Able Seaman
Bush  Chief Petty Officer
Buttress  Leading Stoker
Cox  Leading Seaman
Crean  Leading Stoker
Dando  Petty Officer
Davies  Leading Signalman MID
Fry  Lieutenant RNR
Grattan  Able Seaman
Hollingworth  Leading Seaman
Jarret  Stoker
Jones  Able Seaman
Kellet  Petty Officer
Kennard  Stoker Petty Officer
Langley  Lieutenant DSC
Lee  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
Loines  Leading Seaman
McMann  Leading Telegraphist
Millerick  Stoker 1st Class
Morrison  Leading Stoker
Nichols  Able Seaman
Northwood  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Owen  Engine Room Artificer
O’Neill  Stoker 1st Class
Plested  Stoker 1st Class
Preddy  Leading Stoker
Ratcliffe  Lieutenant
Selway  Weapons Engineer
Shipley  Able Seaman
Souris  Stoker 1st Class
Sproat  Stoker 1st Class
Spurgeon  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
Stacey  Lieutenant
Stapley  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Tonks  Leading Telegraphist
Ward  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class MID
Williams  Able Seaman
Wood  Telegraphist
Young  Leading Seaman


01-12-1930 : Laid Down
10-11-1931 : Launched
28-11-1932 : Completed
20-04-1940 : HMS Swordfish fires 6 torpedoes against the German merchant Santos about 17 nautical miles south-south-east of Larvik, Norway. All torpedoes fired missed their target.
28-07-1940 : HMS Swordfish comes across the Norwegian yacht Maski in the North Sea. The four Norwegians aboard the yacht were trying to flee to the United Kingdom. After the Norwegians were taken aboard and the Maski was sunk with gunfire.
01-10-1940 : HMS Swordfish attacks the German torpedo boats Falke and Kondor with torpedoes in the English Channel about 12 nautical miles north-east of Cherbourg, France. All torpedoes missed their target.
07-11-1940 : Believed sunk by mine

HMS Swordfish sailed from Portsmouth on 7th November 1940 for a patrol in the North Sea. Nothing was heard from the Swordfish after her departure despite efforts on the 15th and 16th to have her report her position. It was believed at the time that she had fallen victim to a German destroyer in the vicinity of Brest. This belief remained until 1983 when her wreck was discovered off the Isle of Wight at a depth of 150 feet. It is now clear that the submarine struck a mine shortly after sailing from Portsmouth.


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