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« on: May 17, 2012, 08:45:49 AM »

HMS Sturgeon, an S class submarine, was laid down at Chatham Dockyard on 1st January 1931, and was launched one year and one week later. Sturgeon spent most of her war patrols in the North Sea - on one occasion (September 14th 1939) she attacked her sister ship HMS Swordfish by mistake. Fortunately all three of her torpedoes missed the target! HMS Sturgeon's first success came on 20th November 1939 with the sinking of the German anti-submarine vessel V-209. This was recorded as the first successful attack on an enemy ship by a British submarine during the Second World War.

HMS Sturgeon was lent to the Royal Netherlands Navy from 11th October 1943 to 14th September 1945 and renamed Zeehond. On being returned to the Royal Navy at the end of WWII, she was sold for scrapping in January 1946.

Photographs below show HMS Sturgeon shortly after commissioning.

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012, 14:40:23 PM »

A postcard of her launch:


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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 15:57:15 PM »

A film clip of the launch:

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2015, 00:12:16 AM »

Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 08 January 1932

A NEW SUBMARINE.

The Sturgeon Launched at Chatham BY MRS. LITTLE.


The submarine Sturgeon, a vessel of 740-tons displacement, built at Chatham Dockyard, was launched in the River Medway at Chatham to-day. Mrs. Little, wife of Rear-Admiral C. J. C. Little, Rear-Admiral Commanding Submarines, Portsmouth, who was also present, performed the ceremony. She was presented with a water-colour of the ship as she will appear when completed. The launch was private, but the usual naval ceremonial was observed.

The Sturgeon, like her sister ship the Swordfish, which was launched at Chatham in November, represents an interesting departure from the principle that has governed British submarine construction since the War. For many years the tendency was to increase the size of submarines, but the Sturgeon and Swordfish are a reversion to the small type of coasting submarines of pre-War days. The Sturgeon, whose armament includes one 4.7 inch disappearing gun, has been under construction since January, 1931. Among those present at the launch was Sir Reginald Y. Tyrwhiftt, Commander-in- Chief, The Nore.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2018, 17:29:27 PM »

The Sphere - Saturday 28 September 1940

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