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Truculent (P315)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: T Group 3
Fate: Sank after a collinsion with MV Divina in the Medway estuary 12th January 1950. Salvaged in March 1950. Scrapped in September 1950 at Grays.

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The Sinking of the TruculentRead
On the 12th January 1950, HM Submarine Truculent spent the day at sea off the Thames Estuary carrying out trials, following a long refit. Apart from the full crew, there were 18 civilian dockyard officials on board to make any last minute adjustments, as she was due to sail for Scotland the next day. As she made her way up to the Medway Approaches, the Officer of the Watch conned the submarine on the surface. Traffic in the river was heavy and the steaming lights of many ships on their way into and out of the Port of London were clearly visible on all sides.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Alexander, Ernest William  Ship Fitter  Civilian   
Austin, Edward  Electrician  Civilian   
Bailey, Philip John  Electrician  Civilian   
Barnden, William E  Electrician  Civilian   
Brookes, Ernest  Stoker Mechanic  P/SKX 8341    20
Campbell, Eric  Stoker Mechanic  C/SKX 7712    20
Child, John George  Steward  C/LX 61075    24
Daw, Leonard Albert  Stoker Mechanic  D/SKX 7904    21
Denny, John Hughes  Electrical Mechanic  C/M 769280    24
In CWGC as Engineering Mechanic
Dighton, Warren Ekins  Able Seaman  C/JX 16346    26
Donnelly, Patrick  Electrical Mechanic  MX 804577    27
In CWGC as Engineering Mechanic
Dorn, Alfred  Stoker Mechanic  P/SKX 7702    21
Dring, Gordon Richard  Leading Seaman  C/JX 29256    24
Edwards, Kenneth K  Ship Fitter  Civilian   
Edwards, Thomas Claude  Leading REM  D/MX 76606    23
Eldridge, George Thomas  Petty Officer  C/JX 15615  DSM  27
Ellis, Frederick George  Stoker Mechanic  C/KX 80423    24
Farman, Nigel  Lieutenant      21
Firbank, Walter James  Leading Seaman  D/KX 16125    26
Fox, Francis Richard  Leading Seaman  D/JX 15162    28
Frost, Ronald Arthur Crawford  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 70161    25
Gutridge, Maurice Frederick  Able Seaman  C/JX 77812    20
Gutteridge, George  Electrician  Civilian   
Hancock, Donald A  Constructor  Civilian   
Harling, Robert W  Engine Fitter  Civilian   
Harrison, George William John  Able Seaman  P/JX 58198    22
Head, Percival Arthur Thomas  Leading Seaman  JX 777808  DSM  30
Also as P/SSX 29670
Helliwell, Ronald Walter  Stoker Mechanic  P/KX 78684    23
Higgins, Leonard Charles  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX 24601    25
Hindes, Frederick Joseph  Lieutenant    DSM  26
Hine, Francis Walter  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/MX 47321    37
Holmes, Arthur A T  Ship Fitter  Civilian   
Ingle, William  Able Seaman  P/SSX 7479    21
Jenner, Albert E  Electrician  Civilian   
Johnson, Robert  Leading Signalman  P/JX 15815  MID  27
Johnston, Mervyn Baptist  Petty Officer Stoker  C/KX 85491    36
Jones, Harry Gwylfa  Stoker Mechanic  D/KX 66398    23
Likely, Michael John  Stoker Mechanic  P/SKX 7885    21
Mackenzie, Gordon Edward  Steward  D/LX 70224    23
Manley, Jack Steven  Electrical Artificer  D/MX 57836    30
McIntyre, John Figg  Chief Electrician  P/JX 75906  DSM*  35
McLaughlin, John  Shipwright  Civilian   
Melville, John E  Draughtsman  Civilian   
Mills, Norman Albert  Draughtsman  Civilian   
Murphy, Michael Albert  Able Seaman  C/JX 37190    22
Also as M/X 759066
Myatt, Francis George  Petty Officer  C/JX 16188    26
Neighbour, Russell Albert  Chief Petty Officer SM  P/KX 83137    38
Noon, Kenneth Charles Ernest  Able Seaman  C/SSX 8374    20
Oliver, William Alfred  Able Seaman  C/JX 32574    26
Phillips, Edward George Lampla  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 16213    26
Phillips, Terence Paul  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  C/MX 64343    25
Potts, Charles W S  Ship Fitter  Civilian   
Powell, Denis Norman  Able Seaman  C/SSX 7892    21
Prouse, Kenneth Roy  Able Seaman  P/SSX 8320    21
Purkiss, Brian Sydney  Leading Seaman  P/JX 71268    21
Read, John Lynton  Leading Seaman  C/JX 24647    23
Richardson, Tom  Leading Stoker  P/KX 16420    25
Robinson, Peter Robert  Stoker Mechanic  C/SKX 7895    21
Smith, Anthony Richard  Stoker Mechanic  D/KX 81794    20
Strickland, Robert H  Engine Fitter  Civilian   
Swire, William  Able Seaman  P/JX 76047    20
Taylor, Clifford  Stoker Mechanic  SKX 803297    22
Tester, Herbert G  Electrician  Civilian   
Wood, Edward Graham  Stoker Mechanic  D/KX 84102    20


04-12-1941 : Laid Down
12-09-1942 : Launched
31-12-1942 : Completed
04-06-1943 : HMS Truculent torpedoes and sinks the German submarine U-308 in the Norwegian sea north-east of the Faeroes.
28-03-1944 : HMS Truculent torpedoes and sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Yasushima Maru in the Strait of Malacca
01-04-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks the small Japanese vessel Mantai with scuttling charges in the Strait of Malacca.
17-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the southern part of the Malacca Strait.
24-06-1944 : HMS Truculent lays mines in the Strait of Malacca.
25-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
26-06-1944 : HMS Truculent torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant cargo ship Harugiku Maru about 60 nautical miles south-east of Medan, Sumatra.
27-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
28-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
29-06-1944 : HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with demolition charges in the Malacca Strait.
12-01-1950 : HMS Truculent sank with the loss of 64 lives

On 12th January 1950 HMS Truculent sailed from Chatham to carry out trials, having just completed a refit; in addition to her normal compliment she was carrying an additional 18 dockyard workers. The trials complete she set a course for Sheerness, which would take her through the Thames Estuary hat night. At 7 o'clock a ship showing three lights appeared ahead in the channel. It was decided that the ship must be stationary and as Truculent could not pass to the starboard side without running aground, the order was given to turn to port. At once the situation became clear as the cargo ship Divina came out of the darkness: the extra light indicated that she was carrying explosives. A collision was unavoidable. The two vessels remained locked together for a few seconds before the submarine sank.


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