british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN S-89 (+1946)
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nationality british
purpose war
type MTB - motor torpedo boat - schnellboot (e-boat)
subtype/class S26/S100 class 1939-1940 schnellboot (ger.)
S26/S100 class 1939-1940 schnellboot (ger.) S-103 Schnellboot (+1945)
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1942
weight (tons) 110  grt
dimensions 34.9 x 5.3 x 1.67 m
material aluminium and wood
engine 3 x 20 cyl Daimler-Benz MB501, each 2.000 hp, triple shaft, 3 screws
armament 2 x 533 mm torpedo tubes, 1 x 37 or 40 mm gun, 1 x (double) 20 mm gun, 1 x (single) 20 mm gun
power 7500  h.p.
speed 41  knots
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 05/10/1946  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Lürssen Fr., Vegesack
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Daimler-Benz - Daimler Motor Company Dmg, Stuttgart
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
S-89 (+1946)
period 1945 ~ 1946
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[2]German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
period 1942 ~ 1945
complement 29~32
about the wreck
status extremely well decayed
depth (m.) 2 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Jan Lettens
entered 05/09/2011
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Jan Lettens05/09/2011
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Jan Lettens05/09/2011After WWII, S-89 was allocated to Britain as part of the Tripartite Naval Commission Agreement. On 11 September 1946, S89 was listed in a Special Military Branch Acquaint as having been allocated with 22 other S-boats to the Ship Target Trials Committee.

It was whilst she was on tow from HMS Hornet to another shore establishment that she was wrecked off the North Cornish Coast.

Before S-89 could be refloated, heavy weather pushed her up the beach and she started to break up. The S-boat is abandoned as a total loss and no salvage is ever carried out.
Jan Lettens05/09/2011On 25th October, 1943 allied convoy FN160, while off Cromer and well escorted by Destroyers MACKAY, PYTCHLEY, WORCESIER, EGLINTON and CAMPBELL and motor gun boats MTB-442, MTB-606, MTB-610, MTB-629, MTB-630, MTB-632, MTB-650 and MTB-652 was attacked by German Schnellboot Flotillas 2, 4, 6 and 8 from Ijmuiden.

HMS MACKAY (Capt. Selwyn Victor Jephson) rams and sinks S-63. MGB-603 and MGB-607 hit on the boats of the 4th S-Flotilla on the return leg and sink S-88, which was standing by the damaged S-63.

HMS WORCESTER engaged and damaged S-89, S-120, S-122 and S-87.

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About Owners
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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