Allied Warships

HMS Severn (N 57)

Submarine of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassRiver 
PennantN 57 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Nov 1932 
Laid down27 Mar 1933 
Launched16 Jan 1934 
Commissioned12 Jan 1935 
End service23 Dec 1944 
History

Decommissioned on 23 December 1944 at Trincomalee.

Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1946. Scrapped at Bombay, India.

 

Commands listed for HMS Severn (N 57)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Bertram Wilfrid Taylor, RNMay 193930 Oct 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Andrew Neil Gillespie Campbell, RN30 Oct 19407 Jan 1944
3Lt. Raymond Henry Bull, DSC, RN7 Jan 19445 Sep 1944
4T/Lt. Victor Henry Frank Drew, RNVR5 Sep 19446 Sep 1944
5Lt. Richard Femister Tibbatts, RN6 Sep 194421 Sep 1944
6Lt.Cdr. Russell Stanhope Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN21 Sep 194423 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Severn include:


4 May 1940
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) torpedoed and sank the Swedish sailing vessel Monark (1786 GRT) off Lister, Norway in position 57°57'N, 06°13'E. The Monark was in German service at that time.

22 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) fired torpedoes at, most likely, an Italian Argonauta class submarine in the Gulf of Naples in position 40°44'N, 14°20'E.

26 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Polinnia (1292 GRT) about 95 nautical miles south-west of Ischia Island, Italy in position 40°05'N, 12°08'E.

28 Jun 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Ugo Bassi (2900 GRT) 5 nautical miles bearing 185 of Cape Monte Santu, Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia, Italy.

7 Aug 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) fired torpedoes at the German submarine U-93 in position 34°48'N, 13°04'W. All torpedoes missed their target. The Germans heard two torpedoes exploding.

2 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a training period.

18 Oct 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Portsmouth, U.K.


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