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Untamed (P58)

Built By: Vickers (Tyne)
Build Group: U Group 2
Fate: Sold on 13 February 1946 to be broken up for scrap at Troon.

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Ex P58

Lost in an accident in the Clyde submarine exercise areas on 30/5/43. Salvaged renamed Vitality in 1943.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Acworth, Peter Carr Glyn  Sub Lieutenant  1Q/1923    20
Arkwright, John Richard Stephen  Able Seaman  P/JX 296512    36
Ball, George Herbert  Petty Officer Stoker  C/KX83009    29
Bates, Jack  Able Seaman  P/JX 248057    21
Beard, Robert Leonard Sidney Archibald  Leading Seaman  C/SSX20048    25
Bothams, Peter  Able Seaman  C/JX157949    20
Bowyer, Hugh Love  Able Seaman  P/SSX33293    23
Challoner, Thomas  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/MX49479    32
Clayton, Peter Lambert  Sub Lieutenant (RNR)  3Q/1923    19
Cole, Herbert Ernest Douglas  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX136417    20
Cooper, Joseph Frederick  Able Seaman  C/SSX30887    22
Danks, George Victor  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 79014    25
Dow, James  Telegraphist  D/JX197814    24
Duncan, John Priestly  Lieutenant  1Q/1920    23
Flinn, Alfred Charles  Able Seaman  P/SSX22083    23
Floyd, Gordon Douglas  Able Seaman  C/JX153536    20
Gates, Norman Thomas  Leading Seaman  P/JX 155381    21
Gibson, John Joseph Frederick  Able Seaman  C/JX179395    24
Green, Henry Arthur William  Able Seaman  C/JX203139    25
Hickson, William  Able Seaman  D/JX207948    26
Higgins, Geoffrey Thomas Charles  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)  1Q/1922    21
Male, Peter  Ordinary Seaman  P/JX 366078    20
Miles, Frederick Arthir  Leading Stoker  P/KX 89365    26
Mitchell, Leslie Clarence  Telegraphist  P/JX 229043    20
Nichol, Henry  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX74180    28
Noll, Gordon Maurice  Lieutenant  1918    25
No Birth details found but Mother Gwendoline Edith Noll (Nee Walker) married Maurice Gordon Noll in Malta 1916
Pendleton, Roy George  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX145468    20
Playfair, Peter  Leading Telegraphist  C/JX162409    19
Read, Arthur George  Leading Seaman  P/JX 147778    23
Smith, Leslie George  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX 140888    24
Spencer, Albert  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX133120    32
Tippett, Wilfred  Petty Officer  D/JX151254    22
Walker, Robert Buchanan  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 121962    29
Welfoot, Clarence Charles  Petty Officer  D/JX126328    32
Wheeler, Ronald  Able Seaman (RNVR)  P/LDX 3427    22
Wishart, RRobert William  Leading Stoker  C/KX114973    22


09-10-1941 : Laid Down
08-12-1942 : Launched
02-05-1943 : Completed
30-05-1943 : On 30th May 1943 HMS Untamed was exercising with ships of the 8th Escort Group off Cambeltown. At 0950 that morning Untamed dived and commenced the first run of the day. After three hours the submarine surfaced and prepared for the next run. Just after 1345 the submarine once again dived and the second exercise of the day began. This exercise involved the anti-submarine training yacht Shemara firing practice mortars against the submarine. The first two runs were successful with Untamed indicating her position after each with a white smoke candle.

At 1450 following the third run the submarine did not immediately indicate her position, The Shemara fired INDICATE POSITION charge, came to a stop and began tapping on the hull. The efforts of the Shemara were greeted by a yellow smoke candle. Shemara moved to a position by the marker and once again began tapping the hull. At this point a swirl of water was seen near the marker.

Shemara called a halt to the exercise and signalled the submarine to surface: there was no reply. A second surface signal was sent, again without result. At 1602 Shemara sent a signal for assistance to the Naval Officer in Command and continued to search for the submarine.

At 1716 the sound of the submarine blowing her tanks was heard. Using asdic the Shemara located the submarine. For the next ten minutes the sound of the submarine blowing her tanks and stopping and starting her engines could be heard.

At 1733 HMS Thrasher arrived to render assistance and tried to contact the Untamed. At 1745 all sound from the submarine ceased. Because of worsening weather conditions divers were not able to inspect the stricken submarine until 1115 on 1st June - 45 hours after she had dived. There was no reply to the divers tapping on the hull of the submarine and an inspection of the vessels hull showed no obvious damage.

Only when the Untamed had been salvaged did the cause of her loss become clear, the forward part of the submarine had been flooded through a sluice valve.
05-07-1943 : Untamed was salvaged on this day, she was refitted and named Vitality, returning to service in July 1944.


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