Allied Warships

HMS Porpoise (N 14)

Submarine of the Porpoise class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassPorpoise 
PennantN 14 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Jun 1931 
Laid down22 Sep 1931 
Launched30 Aug 1932 
Commissioned11 Mar 1933 
Lost19 Jan 1945 
History

HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. Hugh Bentley Turner, DSC, RN) was sunk by Japanese aircraft in the Malacca Strait on 19 January 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Porpoise (N 14)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. George Walter Gillow Simpson, RN21 Sep 193815 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Philip Quellyn Roberts, RN15 Nov 193922 Aug 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Jack Gethin Hopkins, RN22 Aug 194026 Sep 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Edward Fowle Pizey, DSC, RN26 Sep 194111 May 1942
5Lt.Cdr. Leslie William Abel Bennington, DSC, RN11 May 194225 Jan 1943

6Lt. John Bertram de Betham Kershaw, DSO, RN7 Mar 19436 May 1943
7T/Lt. Allan Harold MacCoy, DSC, SANF(V)6 May 194323 Aug 1943
8Lt.Cdr. Hubert Anthony Lucius Marsham, RN23 Aug 194321 Nov 1944
9A/Lt.Cdr. Hugh Bentley Turner, DSC, RN21 Nov 194419 Jan 1945 (+)

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Noteable events involving Porpoise include:


16 Apr 1940
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against German U-boat U-3 about 10 nautical miles south-west of Egersund, Norway in position 58°18'N, 05°47'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target. Porpoise is often credited with sinking U-1 but this is incorrect.

16 May 1940
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN) lays minefield FD 11 (48 mines) off Kalvag, Norway in position 61°44'N, 04°54'E.

14 Jun 1940
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN) lays minefield FD 18 (50 mines) off the Ramsoyfjord, Norway in approximate position 63°30'N, 08°12'E.

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At 1448 hours Porpoise starts to lay the minefield. The lay was completed at 1530 hours.

In all 50 mines were laid in 3 lines.
Line 1;
Position of first mine:
63°29'40N, 08°13'20E
Course of lay: 270°
Spacing: 150 feet
No. of mines: 16

Line 2;
Position of first mine:
63°30'00N, 08°11'40E
Course of lay: 270°
Spacing: 150 feet
No. of mines: 18

Line 3;
Position of first mine:
63°30'20N, 08°10'00E
Course of lay: 270°
Spacing: 150 feet
No. of mines: 16

18 Jun 1940
The German minesweeper M 5 (682 tons) is sunk north-west of Kristiansund, Norway in position 63°30'N, 08°09'E when she hits a mine laid on 14 June 1940 by the British submarine HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN).

29 Jul 1940
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. P.Q. Roberts, RN) lays minefield FD 23 (50 mines) off southern Norway.

13 Sep 1940
HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) lays minefield FD 26 (48 mines) in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, France in position 46°25'N, 02°00'E.

7 Mar 1941
While en route to Halifax, Canada, HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) makes a torpedo attack on ' what is identified as ' a submarine in the North Atlantic in position 57°50'N, 19°50'W. German U-boat U-A was operating in this area so the attack might have been against this submarine but she reported no attack.

9 Dec 1941
HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSO, RN) torpedoed and heavy damaged the Italian passenger / cargo ship Sebastiano Venier (6311 GRT) about 5 nautical miles south of Navarino. The damaged ship was grounded and wrecked off Cape Methoni.

The Sebastiano Venier is transporting more than 1800 Allied POW's. Despite the bad weather almost 1700 of these are rescued.

11 Jan 1942
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSO, RN) lays 50 mines off Suda Bay, Crete.

14 Jan 1942
The German auxiliary vessel 11V1 (former Greek Palaskas) sank off Suda Bay after hitting a mine laid by HMS Porpoise (Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSO, RN) on 11 January.

18 Jan 1942
HMS Porpoise (Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Citta di Livorno (2471 GRT) about 15 nautical miles north-east of Cape Maleka, Crete in position 35°42'N, 24°24'E.

12 Aug 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) lays a minefield (46 mines) off Ras el Tin, Libya.

Porpoise also torpedoed and sank the Italian transport Ogaden (4553 GRT) 9 nautical miles bearing 308 from Ras el Tin, Libya. The escorting Italian torpedo boat Generale Carlo Montanari was missed.

15 Aug 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Lerici (6070 GRT) about 120 nautical miles north of Ras Amir, Libya in position 34°50'N, 21°30'E.

19 Aug 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) attacks the Italian merchant Iseo (2366 GRT) off Derna, Libya. All torpedoes fired missed their target. During the counter attack by the Italian escorts, Porpoise was damaged by depth charges from the torpedo boat Lince.

22 Aug 1942
The Italian torpedo boat Generale Antonio Cantore (697 tons) hits a mine and sank west of Tobruk. The mine was laid on 12 August 1942 by the British submarine HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN).

3 Oct 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) lays a minefield (46 mines) west of Tobruk, Libya.

18 Nov 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Giulio Giordani (10534 GRT) about 45 nautical miles north-east of Misurata, Libya in position 32°58'N, 15°38'E.

19 Nov 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) fires a torpedo against the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39 / Fertilia (223 GRT) off the Libyan coast. The torpedo missed its target.

23 Nov 1942
HMS Porpoise (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel F 39 / Fertilia (223 GRT) with gunfire off Kerkennah, Tunisia.

6 Jul 1944
HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca. Also on this day she lays 30 mines (minefield ML 014) off the mouth of the Deli river, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

At 0535 hours (time zone -6.5) something ahead was sighted so Porpoise dived. At 0700 hours the object was identified as a small junk. At 0742 hours Porpoise surfaced and fired three rounds of 4" to stop the junk. Porpoise closed the junk, took the crew of four off and then sank the junk with gunfire in position 05°06'N, 98°46'E. The junk had no cargo on board when it was sunk.

Between 1816 and 1836 hours Porpoise laid 30 mines off the mouth of the Deli river.

8 Jul 1944
HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) lays 16 more mines of the mouth of the Deli river and 10 mines in the Strait of Malacca.

Between 0040 hours and 0206 hours (time zone -6.5) 26 mines were laid.

9 Sep 1944
The Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers Cha 8 and Cha 9 both sink about 7 nautical miles north of Belawan, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°54'N, 98°42'E after hitting mines laid by the British submarine HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) on 6 - 8 July 1944.

10 Sep 1944
The Japanese army tanker Takekun Maru (3029 GRT) sank about 7 nautical miles north of Belawan, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°54'N, 98°42'E after hitting a mine laid by the British submarine HMS Porpoise (HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) on 8 July 1944.

9 Dec 1944
HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) lays minefield ML 019 with 50 mines off Penang.

10 Dec 1944
HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) sank a small Japanese sailing vessel in the Strait of Malacca.

9 Jan 1945
On or around this date HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) lays mines off Penang.

15 Jan 1945
The Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Kyo Maru No. 1 (340 GRT) hits a mine off Penang, Malaya in position 05°18'N, 100°20'E laid by the British submarine HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) on 9 January.

27 Mar 1945
The Japanese auxiliary minelayer Ma 1 (215 tons) is sunk about 5 nautical miles north-east of Belawan, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°52'N, 98°45'E when she hits a mine laid by HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN) on 6 - 8 July 1944.

18 May 1945
The Japanese submarine chaser Ch 57 (420 tons) hits a mine and is damaged off Penang, Malaya in position 05°20'N, 100°08'E. The mine was laid by the British submarine HMS Porpoise (A/Lt.Cdr. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN) on 9 January.


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