Allied Warships

HMS Turpin (P 354)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 354 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered30 May 1942 
Laid down24 May 1943 
Launched5 Aug 1943 
Commissioned18 Dec 1944 
End service 
History

Transferred to Israeli Navy in 1965, renamed Leviathan. Scrapped in 1978.  

Commands listed for HMS Turpin (P 354)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Samuel Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN11 Sep 19444 May 1946

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Notable events involving Turpin include:


4 Dec 1944
With her building and initial trials completed HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Charham Dockyard for Sheerness where she arrived later the same day.

7 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Sheerness for Dundee.

9 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. She departed for Scapa Flow after only a few hours.

10 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

12 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch.

14 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of training off the West coast of Scotland.

20 Jan 1945
While both conducting exercises off Inchmarnock, At 1452 hours (time zone -1) HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) collide with each other. Both submarines were at periscope depth and both submarines sustained damage.

1 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.

7 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left dock.

26 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick.

28 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

30 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the Kors Fjord near Bergen, Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Turpin during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Turpin 1st war patrol click here for bigger map

6 Apr 1945
At 2200 hours (time zone -2) sighted were taken aboard HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). It has not been possible to take sights for several days due to fog. Turpin is found to be badly out of place. She is more than 20 nautical miles to the North of where she was supposed to patrol.

Shortly afterwards contact is made with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) in which patrol area Turpin now actually is.

Turpin then proceeded to her own patrol area of the Kors Fjord.

10 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

14 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) depart from Lerwick for Holy Loch.

17 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

18 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch.

19 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left dock.

20 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Plymouth. She is to undergo modifications at the Devonport Dockyard before her deployment to the Far East. Also defects had to be made good.

22 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at the Devonport Dockyard.

12 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth for Gibraltar.

For the daily positions of HMS Turpin during this passage see the map below.


HMS Turpin passage Holy Loch (U.K.) - Fremantle (Australia) click here for bigger map

16 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

17 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta.

21 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta.

21 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for Port Said.

30 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

4 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said for Aden.

9 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden.

10 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Fremantle.

31 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

5 Aug 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle.

7 Aug 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is put back in the water.

5 Sep 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle to visit Melbourne. The ship will be open to visitors during this goodwill tour.

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