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Olympus (N35)

Built By: Beardmore (Clyde)
Build Group: O Group 2
Fate: The boat was used for magic carpet trips to and from Malta. On 8th May she was detailed to evacuate survivors from the bombed submarines, P36, P39 and Pandora. Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.
Olympus
Olympus

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From 1931 to 1939, the Olympus was part of the 4th Flotilla on the China Station, a historical formation of the British Royal Navy. Before being deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, the boat was part of the 8th Flotilla, Colombo, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), in 1939 and 1940.

An Italian aircraft hit and damaged the submarine on July 7, 1940.

On her way to Gibraltar, submarine hit a mine on May 8, 1942. 89 crew and passengers were lost with the ship; the survivors had to swim 7 miles back to Maltese shores.

A team of divers from Malta and Great Britain originally claimed the discovery of the wreck in 2008 at approximately 35°55'N, 14°35'E, 377 feet below the ocean surface. However, the identity of the submarine was not confirmed until a team from the Key Largo based Aurora Trust was able to re-locate and capture images of the wreck using an ROV in 2011.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Arnold, William Edwin  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 76142    34
Ashton, Stanley  Leading Signalman  D/SSX 31775    24
Band, Brian Hugh  Lieutenant    DSC  25
Bayley, Harry  Able Seaman  D/JX 237586    24
Beale, Peter Roy  Able Seaman  P/SSX 27869    20
Best, Arthur Reginald  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 80753    29
Boothroyd, Robert  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 92235    24
Boothroyd, Robert D/KX 92235 CWGC has Boothroyd, Roberts
Bulmer, Geoffrey Paul  Lieutenant      22
From P.39
Burton, William Stanley  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 83485  MID  41
Butterfield, Percy  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 119811    22
Butterworth, Richard Neville  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  C/MX 49924    32
Carty, Frank  Able Seaman  D/SSX 24853    22
Codral, Ernest John Robert  Signalman  C/SSX 32667    20
Collinge, John  Petty Officer  D/SSX 17483    24
Collins, Albert Edward  Able Seaman  C/JX 208347    21
Collins, Frank  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX 60260    23
Crowe, Frederick Makim  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 24969    23
Davey, Arthur John  Petty Officer  D/J 108330    34
Davis, William Batrick  Petty Officer  C/SSX 28400    22
Davis, William Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 112372    30
Davis, William Thomas P/KX 112372 CWGC has Davis, William T.
Dawson, Peter  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 63387    36
Dymott, Herbert George  Lieutenant Commander      35
Commanding Officer
Edmonds, Harry Noel  Lieutenant    DSC  28
From P.36
Edmunds, Hector William Hiram Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 57729    31
Edmunds, Hector William Hiram Frederick P/MX 57729. CWGC has Edmunds, Hector Wm. Hiram Frederick
Ellis, George Edward  Able Seaman  P/JX 193943    27
Fox, Arthur  Able Seaman  D/JX 217087    21
Freeth, Geoffrey Gilbert  Supply Assistant  P/MX 81875    20
Garston, George  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 115035    21
Goodier, Joseph  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 73121    21
Graham, William Henry  Telegraphist  C/JX 148786    26
Guest, William Charles  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M 34918    38
Gumbrell, Maurice Williams  Telegraphist  P/JX 159116    18
Hadley, Albert Edward  Telegraphist  P/JX 128290    31
Hale, Alfred Victor  Petty Officer  D/JX 136297    26
Hall, Harry James  Leading Seaman  P/SSX 28505    21
Hammond, Stanley MacDonald Berwen  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 134886    27
Harrison, Paul Arden  Able Seaman  D/JX 238495    20
Hawkyard, Douglas  Sub Lieutenant (RNR)      24
From P.39
Highmore, James Wilfred  Petty Officer  C/JX 129077    30
Hill, Petier Noel  Able Seaman  C/JX 209826    22
Hoath, John Stephen  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 110858    22
Holt, Frederick Henry  Able Seaman  D/SSX 16872    25
Howes, Harry George  Warrant Engineer  (Ex, M36110)    36
Hurlock, Albert Edward  Able Seaman  D/SSX 27585    21
Jackman, James Alfred  Leading Stoker  P/KX 80988    28
Jarvis, Richard William  Able Seaman  C/J 48947    42
Jones, Frank Robert  Able Seaman  C/JX 207963    24
Jones, Kenneth Albert Edward  Leading Steward  P/LX 22896    22
Knott, Albert Ernest  Able Seaman  C/SSX 29489    20
Laister, Geoffrey  Leading Seaman  C/JX 149546  MID  28
Law, Noah  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 75431    36
Leigh, Lewis  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 112012    21
Lindsell, James Anthony  Lieutenant    DSC  21
From Pandora
Marchant, William Harold  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 144859    22
Marchant, William Harold D/JX 144859 CWGC has Marchant, William H.
Marriot, Norman  Lieutenant    DSC  30
From P.39
Martin, Stanley  Telegraphist  P/JX 161153    20
Milne-Thomson, Peter Raymond Alexander  Lieutenant      20
Mowbray, Frederick Thomas  Leading Stoker  P/KX 95905    21
Neale, Alfred Frank William  Petty Officer  P/JX 138304    25
Newland, Gerald Thomas  Supply Assistant  P/SMX 363    20
Over, Walter  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 110204    22
Owen, Ronald Percival Griffith  Lieutenant (RNR)      30
From P.39
Pearson, Edward  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 111617  MID*  21
Pearson, William Glenelg  Leading Stoker  D/KX 81087    30
Peck, Gordon Arthur  Able Seaman  C/JX 133494    29
Pike, George Edward Frank  Leading Seaman  P/JX 164965    39
Pike, George Edward Frank P/JX 164965 CWGC has Pike, George Edward Frederick
Piper, Raymond William James  Leading Stoker  P/SS 122212    41
Plant, Samuel  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  D/MX 56532    28
Poxon, Ronald William  Able Seaman  P/JX 149626    22
Price, Idris Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 107742    21
Puttick, Edwin Albert Tucknott  Chief Engine Room Artificer  P/MX 46180    36
Rayner, Percy Murcott  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 60486    25
Reeve, Bernard Philip  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 115881    20
Regan, Raymond Joseph  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 141885    23
Rescorla, James Alma  Able Seaman (RNVR)  C/LD/X 4792    25
Ripley, James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 90797    23
Robertson, William  Able Seaman  C/SSX 19870    22
Smith, Jack  Telegraphist  D/JX 134036    27
Staff, John Francis  Telegraphist  P/JX 156217    19
Stovell, Edward Jack  Able Seaman  C/JX 175288    22
Talbott, Frederick George  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 49956    31
Talbott, Frederick George P/MX 49956 CWGC has Talbott, Frederick G.
Thompson, Frederick Ronald  Leading Stoker  D/KX 90159    24
Thorpe, Richard  Writer  D/MX 71555    30
Trueman, Frank  Able Seaman  D/JX 217221    21
Walton, William Sydney Harland  Able Seaman  D/SSX 26689    22
White, David Wickford  Leading Seaman (RNVR)  C/LD/X 4866    22
White, Richard Albert  Petty Officer  P/JX 15215    24
Wilford, John Francis  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
Wilson, Frederick George  Leading Cook  C/MX 63385    24
Wilson, Frederick George C/MX 63385 CWGC has Wilson, Fredrick G.

Events

14-04-1927 : Laid Down
11-12-1928 : Launched
14-06-1930 : Completed
07-07-1940 : HMS Olympus bombed & damaged by Italian aircraft while in dock at Malta
28-07-1941 : HMS Olympus torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Monteponi about 10 nautical miles north of Cape Comino, Sardinia, Italy.
29-07-1941 : HMS Olympus is damaged by a near miss from an Italian aircraft east of Isola dei Cavoli, Italy.
09-11-1941 : HMS Olympus attacks the Italian merchant Mauro Croce with torpedoes and gunfire in the Gulf of Genoa. The target escaped without damage.
08-05-1942 : Olympus was mined six miles from St Elmos Light. There were twelve survivors.
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