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Traveller (N48)

Built By: Scotts (Clyde)
Build Group: T Group 2
Fate: Lost cause unknown in the Gulf of Taranto on or around 4th December 1942.

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Roll of Honour

S Astley  Stoker 1st Class
C Baker  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
V Bartlett  Chief Engine Room Artificer DSM
J Berry  Stoker 1st Class
D Bolton  Able Seaman
A Brown  Stoker 1st Class
H Byiast  Leading Stoker
T Christopher  Chief Stoker
C Davis  Stoker Petty Officer
A Dean  Petty Officer
W Deller  Leading Seaman
R Dickinson  Leading Stoker
H Ellgood  Able Seaman
V Finn  Petty Officer Telegraphist
A Groves  Able Seaman
W Groves  Stoker 1st Class BEM
W Hardwick  Lieutenant RNVR
P Hedges  Able Seaman
F Hewlett  Stoker 1st Class
H Hills  Able Seaman
A Holman  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
W Hooton  Able Seaman
W Hubbard  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
W Hulbert  Lieutenant
R Hunter  Stoker 1st Class
J Hutchings  Telegraphist
N Hutton  Leading Seaman
W McBride  Telegraphist
J McGuire  Stoker Petty Officer
A Meikle  Able Seaman
E Mills  Stoker 1st Class
R Moncrieff  Leading Seaman
T Morrow  Petty Officer MID
L Nelson  Leading Seaman
J Nicholson  Leading Telegraphist
S Odham  Leading Stoker
B Owen  Able Seaman
C O’Brien  Able Seaman
S Palmer  Stoker Petty Officer
F Paris  Stoker Petty Officer
P Parkinson  Able Seaman
P Payne  Chief Petty Officer DSM
S Pickvance  Leading Stoker
H Pinkney  Stoker 1st Class
R Price  Stoker 1st Class
R Ramsay  Stoker 1st Class
E Reed  Able Seaman
G Reid  Leading Stoker
W Rush  Able Seaman
J Scholes  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
G Smith  Able Seaman
D St Clair-Ford  Lieutenant Commander
W Taylor  Stoker 1st Class
S Tolson  Yeoman of Signals
R Verner-Jeffreys  Lieutenant (E)
C Wickenden  Petty Officer
J Wild  Lieutenant RNR
R Wilson  Petty Officer Cook



17-01-1940 : Laid Down
27-08-1941 : Launched
10-04-1942 : Completed
14-05-1942 : After a work up period in the Clyde area HMS Traveller departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She makes the first part of the passage through the Irish sea together with P211 and P43. They were escorted until Bishops Rock by the British minesweeper/escort vessel HMS La Capricieuse (former French)
24-05-1942 : HMS Traveller arrived at Gibraltar
02-06-1942 : HMS Traveller conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with P42 and P43
03-06-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Gibraltar for her 1st war patrol. This is a work-up patrol in the Alboran Sea.
11-06-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 1st war patrol at Gibraltar.
19-06-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Gibraltar for Alexandria where she is to join the First Submarine Flotilla. While on passage she was diverted to Haifa.
19-07-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Haifa for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. En-route to her patrol area she is to patrol along the North coast of Crete.
28-07-1942 : While in transit through the Otranto Straits to her patrol area HMS Traveller is detected on the surface by an Italian destroyer. Traveller dived and a few depth charges were dropped but these inflicted no damage.

Later on the same day she attacks the Italian merchant Ezilda Croce, on passage from Bari to Valona, in the Otranto Strait. The torpedoes fired however miss their target. An escorting aircraft dropped bombs on the submarine.
30-07-1942 : The conning tower of an Italian submarine was sighted at a range of 10,000 yards but HMS Traveller could not close the range. This was most probably the Italian submarine Topazio on passage from Fiume to Naples.
31-07-1942 : While operating in the Adriatic HMS Traveller fires 6 torpedoes at the Italian gunboat Cattaro. The torpedoes however missed their target.
03-08-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked the German merchant Pluto with two torpedoes off Mulo Island. No hits were obtained. The coastal battery at Scoglio Mulo fired three shells at the submarine.
05-08-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked the Italian submarine Porfido in the Adriatic Sea, about 25 nautical miles North-East of Pescara. Two torpedoes were fired which missed astern. Traveller then surfaced for gun action. 15 rounds were fired before the target dived as soon as Traveller opened fire and suffered no damage.
07-08-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked an Italian submarine in the Otranto Strait. Three torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained.
14-08-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 2nd war patrol at Beirut.
30-08-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Beirut for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the North-African coast in the Tobruk area. Later she was ordered to patrol North of Crete.
03-09-1942 : HMS Traveller HMS Traveller was off Tobruk, patrolling at periscope depth when she was bombed by an unseen aircraft. There was no damage.
05-09-1942 : HMS Traveller torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Albachiara about 30 nautical miles North-East of Derna, Libya.

Later on the same day two torpedoes were fired against a merchant vessel about 50 nautical miles North-West of Derna, Libya.
17-09-1942 : 2.5 miles south of Cape Archangelo (Rhodes), HMS Traveller picked up Lt. David Sutherland and Marine Duggan of the SBS (Special Boat Service, operation ANGLO), ten other members of the party failed to make the rendezvous and were captured.
20-09-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 3rd war patrol at Beirut
04-10-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Beirut for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Crete.
09-10-1942 : HMS Traveller attacks the Italian tanker Proserpina that is escorted by the Italian torpedo boats Castore and Ciclone, with four torpedoes west of Crete. None of the torpedoes fired hit the target.
11-10-1942 : HMS Traveller attacked the German auxiliary minelayer Bulgaria with two torpedoes to the West of Crete. No hits are obtained.
15-10-1942 : HMS Traveller attacks an Italian convoy to the West of Crete. 4 torpedoes were fired against the Italian merchant Anna Maria. No hits were obtained.
26-10-1942 : HMS Traveller ended her 4th war patrol at Port Said. She is almost immediately put into dry-dock for the fitting of petrol tanks to enable her to transport petrol to Malta.
13-11-1942 : HMS Traveller departed Port Said with a cargo of aviation spirit for Malta
23-11-1942 : HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Malta with a cargo of aviation spirit.
28-11-1942 : HMS Traveller sailed from Malta for her 5th war patrol. She was to carry out a preliminary reconnaissance of Taranto for Special Operation Principal (projected attacks on Italian ports by Chariot human torpedoes).
04-12-1942 : HMS Traveller sunk

On 28th November HMS Traveller was carrying out a reconnaissance patrol of the coast of Taranto as part of operation Portcullis (an attack on Italian battleships in Taranto Harbour using chariots) The submarine did not return from the operation and was probably mined on or about 4th December.


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