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Triumph (N18)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Grp1
Fate: The boat was mined on or around 6th January 1942. She had earlier struck a mine in December 1940 but miraculously survived. There were no miracles the second time.

Roll of Honour

A Biggleston  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class DSM
J Cairns  Leading Seaman
G F Clements  Able Seaman
P Coakley  Leading Telegraphist
A Cochrane  Petty Officer Telegraphist
F Collinson  Petty Officer DSM
E Conner  Able Seaman
G Cross  Able Seaman
R Crummey  Telegraphist DSM
A Davies  Leading Seaman
W Dempster  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
R Don  Lieutenant DSC
C Duffay  Petty Officer DSM
L Esau  Able Seaman
G Gates  Leading Stoker
J Glen  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
W Goddard  Stoker 1st Class
W Hall  Able Seaman MID
G Harrison  Able Seaman
J Hinds  Leading Seaman
J Huddart  Lieutenant
D Hutchinson  Leading Seaman DSM
M Janvrin  Lieutenant DSC MID
L Jones  Able Seaman MID
C Kelly  Leading Stoker
T Kilty  Leading Signalman
F Lancaster  Leading Seaman
W McGee  Stoker 1st Class
R Nott  Chief Petty Officer
C O’Brien  Petty Officer Cook
T Phillips  Chief Engine Room Artificer
W Ranson  Stoker 1st Class
H Regent  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
A Robinson  Stoker 1st Class
E Rosendale  Stoker 1st Class
C Sheldon  Stoker Petty Officer BEM MID
H Stephens  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
W Stockham  Chief Stoker BEM DSM
J Taylor  Able Seaman
R Theobald  Petty Officer DSM
J Turner  Stoker 1st Class
J Underwood  Able Seaman
G Waterall  Midshipman
R Waye  Leading Telegraphist DSM
W White  Telegraphist DSM
W Wickham  Stoker Petty Officer
F Wilkinson  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
E Wilson  Stoker 1st Class DSM
R Wilson  Able Seaman
G Wright  Lieutenant (E) MBE DSC

 

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Events

19-03-1937 : Laid Down
16-02-1938 : Launched
02-05-1939 : Completed
26-12-1939 : Whilst on patrol North East of Heligoland on 26 December 1939, HMS Triumph hit a drifting mine which blew eighteen feet off her bows fully exposing her six internal and two external torpedo tubes. Although all the tubes were loaded, none of her warshots exploded. Unable to dive she was escorted back to Rosyth by Hudson aircraft where repairs were carried out.
05-03-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes sinks the Italian merchants Marzamemi and Colomba Lofaro near Capo dell'Armi, Calabria, Italy.
03-05-1941 : HMS Triumph sinks the Italian auxilary patrol vessel V 136/Tugnin F. with gunfire about 10 nautical miles west of Marsa el Brega, Libya.
30-05-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and damages the Italian armed merchant cruiser Ramb III at Bengasi, Libya.
05-06-1941 : HMS Triumph sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessels Valoroso, V 190/Frieda and V 137/Trio Frassinetti with gunfire in the Gulf of Sirte off Beurat, Libya.
27-06-1941 : HMS Triumph on patrol off the Egyptian coast sinks the Italian submarine Salpa
06-07-1941 : After a long gun battle HMS Triumph sinks the Italian merchant Ninfea and the Italian tug Dante de Lutti off Ras Tajunes, Libya. During this battle Triumph is also damaged and is forced to abandon her war patrol and retreat to Malta for repairs.
26-08-1941 : As an Italian battlefleet returns from a sortie against Force H, Triumph torpedoes and damages heavy cruiser Bolzano north of Sicily.
18-09-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and damages the Italian tanker Ardor off Capo Colonna.
23-09-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the German merchant Luvsee north-east of Sibenek.
24-09-1941 : HMS Triumph damages the Italian tanker Poseidone and the Italian merchant Sidamo off Ortona, Abruzzi, Italy.
23-10-1941 : HMS Triumph sinks the Greek sailing vessels Panagiotis and Aghia Paraskeva with gunfire in the Gulf of Petali, Greece.
25-10-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Monrosa in the Gulf of Athens, about 3 nautical miles north-west of Patroklou island, Greece.
24-11-1941 : HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the Italian tug Hercules in Iraklion harbour, Crete. Triumph also damages the German merchant Norburg.
06-01-1942 : Lost with all hands

26th December 41, Triumph sailed from Alexandria for a cloak and dagger landing near Athens before patroling in the Aegean, she reports the landing on the 30th Dec but fails to rendezvous back there on the 9th Jan and is presumed mined off the island of Milo, southeast of the greek mainland.

She had earlier struck a mine in December 1940 but miraculously survived. There were no miracles the second time.


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