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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.

Roll of Honour

E W Alexander  Ship Fitter Chatham Royal Dockyard
E W Austin  Electrician Chatham Royal Dockyard
P J Bailey  Electrician Chatham Royal Dockyard
W E Barnden  Electrician Chatham Royal Dockyard
E Brookes  Stoker Mechanic
E Campbell  Stoker Mechanic
J G Child  Steward
A Daw  Stoker Mechanic
J H Denny  Electrical Mechanician
W E Dighton  Able Seaman
P Donnelly  Electrical Mechanician
A Dorn  Stoker Mechanic
G R Dring  Leading Seaman
K K Edwards  Ship Fitter Chatham Royal Dockyard
T C Edwards  Leading Radio Elec Mech
G T Eldridge  Petty Officer DSM
F G Ellis  Stoker Mechanic
N Farman  Lieutenant
W J Firbank  Leading Seaman
F R Fox  Leading Seaman
R A Frost  Engine Room Artificer
M F Gutridge  Able Seaman
G Gutteridge  Electrician Chatham Royal Dockyard
D A Hancock  Constructor Chatham Royal Dockyard
R W Harling  Engine Fitter Chatham Royal Dockyard
GWJ Harrison  Able Seaman
PAT Head  Leading Seaman DSM
R W Helliwell  Stoker Mechanic
L C Higgins  Leading Telegraphist
F J Hindes  Lieutenant AM
F W Hine  Chief Engine Room Artificer DSM
A A Holmes  Ship Fitter Chatham Royal Dockyard
W Ingle  Able Seaman
A E Jenner  Electrician Chatham Royal Dockyard
R Johnson  Leading Signalman
M B Johnston  Petty Officer Stoker MID
H G Jones  Stoker Mechanic
M J Likely  Stoker Mechanic
G E Mackenzie  Steward
J T Manley  Engine Room Artificer
J F McIntyre  Chief Elec. DSM MID
J McLaughlin  Shipwright Chatham Royal Dockyard
J F Melville  Draughtsman Chatham Royal Dockyard
N A Mills  Draughtsman Chatham Royal Dockyard
M Murphy  Able Seaman
F G Myatt  Petty Officer
RA Neighbour  Stoker Mechanic
KCE Noon  Able Seaman
W A Oliver  Able Seaman
ECL Phillips  Petty Officer Telegraphist
T P Phillips  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
CWS Potts  Ship Fitter Chatham Royal Dockyard
D N Powell  Able Seaman
K R Prouse  Able Seaman
B S Purkiss  Leading Seaman
J L Read  Leading Seaman
T Richardson  Stoker
P Robinson  Stoker Mechanic
A Smith  Stoker Mechanic
R H Strickland  Engine Fitter Chatham Royal Dockyard
W Swire  Able Seaman
C Taylor  Stoker Mechanic
H G Tester  Electrician Chatham Royal Dockyard
E N Woods  Stoker Mechanic

 

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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.
 

Events

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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