Allied Warships

HMS Sturgeon (N 73)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantN 73 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Jul 1930 
Laid down3 Jan 1931 
Launched8 Jan 1932 
Commissioned27 Feb 1933 
End service 
History

Lent to the Royal Netherlands Navy while refitting at the Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) in April 1943. On 11 October 1943 she was commissioned in the Royal Netherlands Navy and renamed Zeehond. Decommissioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy at Dundee on 14 September 1945. Returned to Royal Navy control at Dundee on 17 November 1945. Scrapped at Granton, Scotland in 1947.

 
Career notesTo the Royal Netherlands Navy as HrMs Zeehond

Commands listed for HMS Sturgeon (N 73)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. George David Archibald Gregory, RN16 Dec 1938Nov 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Drummond St. Clair-Ford, RNNov 1940Sep 1941 ?
3Lt. Mervyn Robert George Wingfield, RNSep 1941 ?25 Sep 1942
4Lt. Denis John Beckley, RNSep 194219 Dec 1942
5Lt. Anthony Walter Langridge, RN19 Dec 1942???

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Noteable events involving Sturgeon include:


14 Sep 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) fires three torpedoes against the British submarine HMS Swordfish (Lt. C.B. Crouch, RN) in the North Sea about 50 nautical miles east-south-east of Aberdeen, Scotland in position 56°22'N, 01°28'E. Fortunately all three torpedoes missed.

14 Oct 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) fires three torpedoes against German U-boat U-23 in the Skagerrak about 20 nautical miles west-north-west of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°49'N, 09°59'E. All three torpedoes missed their target.

20 Nov 1939
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, RN) torpedoed and sank the German armed trawler V-209 / Gauleiter Telschow (428 GRT) about 100 nautical miles west of Helgoland in position 54°32'N, 05°10'E.

2 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the German troop transport Pionier (3624 GRT) about 15 nautical miles north of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°58'N, 10°45'E.

10 Sep 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. G.D.A. Gregory, DSO, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against German U-boat U-43. All 6 torpedoes missed their target. The Germans reported the attack as taken place in grid AN 3812 this is position 57°25'N, 06°19'E.

3 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St Clair Ford, RN) torpedoed and sank the Danish merchant Sigrun (1337 GRT) about 10 nautical miles east-south-east of Larvik, Norway in position 59°01'N, 10°20'E.

6 Nov 1940
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. D. St Clair Ford, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Delfinus (1294 GRT, offsite link) west of Varhaug, J?ren, Norway in position 58°34'N, 05°37'E.

12 Aug 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Boltenhagen (3335 GRT) off southern Norway in position 58°08'N, 06°25'E.


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