british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Tarpon (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose war
type submarine
subtype/class T class submarine (br.)
T class submarine (br.) Triton HMS (N-15) (+1940)
propulsion diesel and batteries
date built 1937
weight (tons) 1560  disp (subm)
dimensions 84.3 x 7.8 x 4.5 m
material steel
engine 2 x diesel (2500 hp), 2 x electric (1450 hp), twin screw
armament 10 T.T. (6 fwd, 4 aft), 1 deck gun 4"/100mm
power 5000  h.p.
speed 15.5  knots
yard no. 576
about the loss
cause lost depth charge
date lost 10/04/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.59rank: 581
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Scott Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. - John & Robert Scott, Greenock
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain Caldwell, Herbert James
complement 48~59
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Thompson John18/04/2009HM Submarine Tarpon Specification
Builder Scotts, at Greenock
Class T Type Submarine
Approximate Cost £350,000
Laid Down 05/10/1937
Launched 17/10/1939
Commissioned 08/03/1940
Lost 10/04/1940
Pennant Number N17
Displacement, Surface 1,090 Tons Displacement, Submerged 1,575 Tons
Length Overall 275 Feet Length between perpendiculars 265 Feet
Claes Johnny02/12/200710 April 1940 - Sunk in North Sea by German Q ship Schiff 40 in the Skagerrak following failed attack. Tarpon was probably the first British submarine to be lost to depth charges in WW2. On 5th April 1940 HMS Tarpon left Portsmouth for Rosyth in company with HMS Severn. The following day they were ordered to Norway. On the 10th Tarpon was signalled to take up a new position. Unknown to the Admiralty the submarine had already been lost.

Post War German records showed that Tarpon attacked the Q-ship Schiff 40 at 0724: the first torpedo missed as did a second. The Q-ship picked up the Tarpon on her sonar and her periscope was sighted, depth charges were dropped. The counter attack went on most of the morning until finally at 1252 a pattern of depth charges brought wreckage to the surface. Th e Schiff remained on the scene until 0500 the next morning secure in the knowledge that she had sunk the submarine.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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