|Built By:||Scotts (Clyde)|
|Build Group:||T Group 1|
|Fate:||10 April 1940 - Sunk in North Sea by German Q ship Schiff 40 in the Skagerrak following failed attack. Tarpon was probably the first British submarine to be lost to depth charges in WW2.|
In March 2016 the wreck of HAMS Tarpon was discovered 40 metres beneath the waves off the coast of Denmark.
The divers found some of the hatches open, the glass in the periscope shattered and severe destruction below the tower where it appeared to have been hit by a depth charge. There was also evidence of a battle, with two of its torpedo tubes empty. German naval records suggest the Tarpon had fired twice at a German merchant ship before being sunk in a devastating counterattack.
The submarine was discovered in March by a Danish war museum owner, Gert Normann Andersen, and a UK marine archaeologist, Dr Innes McCartney.
McCartney, a veteran submarine finder, who was on board the explorer ship when divers filmed the wreck stated:.
No one even knew it was there, It looked very bad. They had depth charged it on several occasions. The damage was so severe behind the conning tower it would have flooded in seconds.
There was also a crater on the seabed, a rare phenomenon apparently created by one of the powerful depth charges.
The submarine stood almost upright on the seabed and had attracted shoals of cod as well as ocean debris including ropes and fishing nets, some of which had to be cleared before filming.
Roll of Honour
|A Alexander||Able Seaman|
|F Allison||Stoker 1st Class|
|W Andrew||Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class|
|E Banfield||Chief Petty Officer|
|G Barrett||Leading Stoker|
|A Beaumont||Able Seaman|
|C Cadby||Leading Signalman|
|H Caldwell||Lieutenant Commander|
|J Cavaye||Petty Officer Cook|
|S Chilton||Stoker 1st Class|
|L Collins||Chief Petty Officer|
|J Davidson||Able Seaman|
|T Davies||Stoker 1st Class|
|T Davies||Stoker 1st Class|
|S Endersby||Petty Officer|
|G Etheridge||Engine Room Artificer 1st Class|
|J Ferguson||Able Seaman|
|W Fleming||Petty Officer|
|J Gathergood||Leading Stoker|
|S Globe||Stoker 1st Class|
|T Goodall||Able Seaman|
|A Gregory||Petty Officer|
|A Hammersley||Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class|
|T Harrison||Able Seaman|
|G Hart||Able Seaman|
|L Harvey||Leading Telegraphist|
|A Hills||Able Seaman|
|H Hoggett||Chief Engine Room Artificer|
|W Holliday||Leading Steward|
|F Hubbard||Able Seaman|
|W Hussey||Leading Stoker|
|W Jope||Stoker 1st Class|
|R Joss||Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class|
|R Kellond||Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class|
|W Leonard||Leading Stoker|
|R Luff||Stoker 1st Class|
|JGW Paterson||Chief Engine Room Artificer|
|L Perkins||Leading Telegraphist|
|A Raggett||Chief Stoker|
|R Sherry||Lieutenant Commissioned Engineer|
|J Smith||Leading Seaman|
|S Snell||Stoker 1st Class|
|E Spurden||Leading Seaman|
|J Tatlock||Able Seaman|
|G Templeton||Stoker 1st Class|
|W Thomas||Stoker 1st Class|
|P Trott||Stoker 1st Class|
|R Walker||Leading Stoker|
|R Walsh||Commd Engineer|
|C Wren||Lieutenant Commander||RNR|
|05-10-05-193 :||Laid Down|
On 5th April 1940 HMS Tarpon left Portsmouth for Rosyth in company with HMS Severn. The following day they were ordered to Norway. On the 10th Tarpon was signaled to take up a new position. Unknown to the Admiralty the submarine had already been lost.
Post War German records showed that Tarpon attacked the Q-ship Schiff 40 at 0724: the first torpedo missed as did a second. The Q-ship picked up the Tarpon on her sonar and her periscope was sighted, depth charges were dropped. The counter attack went on most of the morning until finally at 1252 a pattern of depth charges brought wreckage to the surface. The Schiff remained on the scene until 0500 the next morning secure in the knowledge that she had sunk the submarine.