Allied Warships

HMS Cachalot (N 83)

Submarine of the Porpoise class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 83 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered5 Mar 1936 
Laid down12 May 1936 
Launched2 Dec 1937 
Commissioned15 Aug 1938 
Lost30 Jul 1941 
Loss position32° 49'N, 20° 11'E

HMS Cachalot (Lt. Hugo Rowland Barnwell Newton, DSO, RN) was rammed and sunk about 45 nautical miles north of Benghazi, Libya in position 32º49'N, 20º11'E by the Italian torpedo boat Generale Achille Papa. Cachalot was attacking the Italian merchant Capo Orso (3149 GRT) with gunfire when she was rammed and sunk by it's escort.


Commands listed for HMS Cachalot (N 83)

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1Lt.Cdr. Sydney William Floyd Bennetts, RN26 Aug 193715 Jun 1940
2Lt.Cdr. John David Luce, RN15 Jun 194021 Feb 1941
3Lt. Hugo Rowland Barnwell Newton, DSC, RN21 Feb 194130 Jul 1941

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Noteable events involving Cachalot include:

19 Aug 1940
HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) lays minefield FD 24 (50 mines) west of the Gironde estuary.

20 Aug 1940
German U-boat U-51 was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Nantes, France in position 47°06'N, 04°51'W, by a torpedo from the British submarine HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN).

23 Sep 1940
The German auxiliary minesweeper M 1604 / ?sterreich (494 GRT) sank after hitting a mine laid by HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) off Penmarch, France in position 47°52'N, 04°19'W. The mine was one of field FD 27 (50 mines) laid that day by HMS Cachalot.

24 Sep 1940
HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) attacks a submarine with torpedoes in the Bay of Biscay in position 46°58'N, 05°56'W. The target is not hit.

26 Jan 1941
HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) lays minefield FD 28 (50 mines) off Bud, Norway.

15 Feb 1941
HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) lays minefield FD 30 (50 mines) in the Vest Fjord, Norway.

The same day she also makes a torpedo attack on a merchant ship but without result.

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