Submarines disappeared

Jan 2015
2,946
MD, USA
#21
HMS Thetis - sank in shallow water in Liverpool Bay in 1939 while on trials... Recommissioned as HMS Thunderbolt and eventually sunk in the Med and became the only submarine to be sunk twice. All this from memory - don’t quote me!
Actually, the Hunley gets the glory there, too. She sank twice in testing, killing most of the crew the first time and all of them on the second, *before* going out on her first and final mission. So *three* times sunk.

Matthew

PS: Oops, I quoted you, sorry! :winktongue:
 
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Oct 2016
3,351
Australia
#22
Yes, I have read Peter Smiths article ( I know the bloke) and that is an accurate account of the whole embarrassing saga, that could easily have led to people being killed. There is no one comes out of it looking good, in spite of the actions by some once the boat began to sink. When I did my initial SM training at HMS Dolphin in 1977 the lessons learned from Artemis incident were an integral part of the training.
I thought I read some medal where awarded in relation to the incident ?
 
Jul 2011
6,708
Australia
#24
HMS Thetis - sank in shallow water in Liverpool Bay in 1939 while on trials. One of the valves that checked for water in a torpedo tube had been painted over. Her stern was out of the water but the crew weren’t rescued - too long a tale to tell here. She was towed to Holyhead where somebody had the ghastly task of getting the bodies out. Recommissioned as HMS Thunderbolt and eventually sunk in the Med and became the only submarine to be sunk twice. All this from memory - don’t quote me!
Yes, an avoidable tragedy due to a combination of dockyard carelessness and incorrect procedure by some personnel.
 
Dec 2011
2,983
Late Cretaceous
#26
A more recent accident. The loss of the Argentine submarine San Juan in November 2017. San Juan had reported a leak in her snorkel the day before her disappearance but said the fault was contained.

She was found almost exactly a year later in November 2018.

Picture taken by the Ocean Infinity, search vessel.

 
Dec 2011
2,983
Late Cretaceous
#27
wiki:

On 14 April 1945, 24 days before the end of World War II in Europe, while U-1206 was cruising at a depth of 200 feet (61 m), 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) off Peterhead, Scotland, misuse of the new toilet caused large amounts of water to flood the boat. According to the Commander's official report, while in the engine room helping to repair one of the diesel engines, he was informed that a malfunction involving the toilet caused a leak in the forward section. The leak flooded the submarine's batteries (located beneath the toilet) causing them to release chlorine gas leaving him with no alternative but to surface. Once surfaced, U-1206 was discovered and bombed by British patrols, forcing Schlitt to scuttle the submarine.
 
Jul 2016
1,301
Dengie Peninsula
#29
In did actually go on a submarine, on an open day in Portsmouth/ Plymouth, wherever. It was attached to the quay with a few very stout ropes and a jolly matelot showed myself and the wife, together with about 20 sightseers over it. Never again! I think that was the day I succumbed to claustrophobia!
 
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#30
wiki:

On 14 April 1945, 24 days before the end of World War II in Europe, while U-1206 was cruising at a depth of 200 feet (61 m), 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) off Peterhead, Scotland, misuse of the new toilet caused large amounts of water to flood the boat. According to the Commander's official report, while in the engine room helping to repair one of the diesel engines, he was informed that a malfunction involving the toilet caused a leak in the forward section. The leak flooded the submarine's batteries (located beneath the toilet) causing them to release chlorine gas leaving him with no alternative but to surface. Once surfaced, U-1206 was discovered and bombed by British patrols, forcing Schlitt to scuttle the submarine.
The boat that was flushed down the toilet. I wonder what they used to call the flushing specialist. Scheißoffizier? :zany:
 

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