british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Safari (P211) [+1946]
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nationality british
purpose war
type submarine
subtype/class S class (group 3) submarine (br.)
propulsion diesel and batteries
date built 1941
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weight (tons) 990  disp (subm)
dimensions 66.1 x 7.2 x 3.4 m
material steel
engine 2 x diesel engines, 2 x electric motors, dual shaft
armament 13 torpedoes, 7 T.T. 21"/533mm (6 fwd, 1 aft), 1 x 3"/76mm deck gun, 1 x 20 mm gun, 3 x ..303 A.A. mg
speed 14.75  knots
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cause lost foundered
date lost 08/01/1946  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 39
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depth (m.) 42 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 26/06/2007
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last update 15/11/2012
Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Allen Tony26/06/2007HMS SAFARI was sunk southeast of Portland,English Channel on the way to the scrapyard. She was built 18-Nov-41 at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, UK and was a S3 Class Submarine.
Lettens Jan26/01/2012On April 10th, 1943, an Italian convoy from Cagliari to Maddalena, consisting of Italian Navy transports/cargos LOREDAN (1.357 grt), ISONZO (3.336 grt) and ENTELLA (2.891 grt), escorted by the minesweepers 29 and MAS-507, were attacked 10 miles off Cagliari, Sardinia by the British submarine HMS SAFARI.

LOREDAN sank almost immediately with nearly all her crew. ISONZO was hit by 2 torpedoes. 4 died and 18 crew went missing. ENTELLA stayed afloat and ran aground off Torre Finocchia. HMS SAFARI returned the next day to finish the ESTELLA with another 2 torpedoes.
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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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 Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
Charles Cammell and Co, iron and steel founders, was established in 1824. Cammell, Laird and Co. was formed in 1903 when the Laird Brothers amalgamated their company with Charles Cammell and Co. - - The Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead on Merseyside was established in 1824, and has been successfully building, repairing ships right through to present times. The shipyard is in a world famous maritime region and is recognised internationally as having been at the forefront of the British Shipbuilding Industry. - - - - - - - Cammell Laird used to have their own flag. The flag was used on ships that were in their trials. Only when approved by the buyer, she changed flags

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