Allied Warships

HMS Sealion (N 72)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantN 72 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Dec 1932 
Laid down16 May 1933 
Launched16 Mar 1934 
Commissioned21 Dec 1934 
End service 
History

Scuttled as Asdic target off Isle of Arran, Scotland on 3 March 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Sealion (N 72)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Bryant, RN3 Sep 193831 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Christopher Haynes Hutchinson, RN31 Jan 1940Feb 1940
3Cdr. George Walter Gillow Simpson, RNFeb 1940Feb 1940
4Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Bryant, RNFeb 194012 Oct 1941
5Lt. George Robson Colvin, RN12 Oct 1941Apr 1942
6Lt. David Stuart McNeile Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC, RNApr 1942Jul 1942
7Lt. Douglas Lambert, DSC, RNJul 194212 Jan 1943
8Lt. David Stuart McNeile Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC, RN12 Jan 194317 Mar 1943
9Lt. Norman Jack Coe, DSC, RNR17 Mar 194312 Jan 1944
10Lt. Charles Alexander Jacomb Nicoll, RN12 Jan 194417 Jan 1944
11Lt.Cdr. John Bertram de Betham Kershaw, DSO, RN17 Jan 1944Jan 44 ?
12Lt. Norman Jack Coe, DSC, RNRJan 44 ?2 Mar 1944
13Lt. Peter Edward Newstead, DSC, RN2 Mar 1944mid 1944
14Lt. Roger Martin Stafford, RNmid 194415 Nov 1944

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1 Sep 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (1)

7 Sep 1939
During 7 and 8 September 1939, HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN), conducted exercises off Malta. These included night exercises. (1)

16 Sep 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN). (1)

18 Sep 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Porpoise (Cdr. G.W.G. Simpson, RN) and HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN). (1)

21 Sep 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN). (1)

26 Sep 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN). (1)

27 Sep 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN). (1)

4 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN). (2)

5 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Malta together with HMS Afridi (Capt. G.H. Creswell, DSC, RN). (2)

6 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

11 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. Sealion was to proceed to the U.K. (2)

15 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (2)

16 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. She made the passage together with HMS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.O. Bickford, RN), HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN) and HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN). (2)

22 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (2)

28 Oct 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea (Dogger Bank area). (3)

6 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against German U-boat U-21 off the Dogger Bank in position 55°10'N, 02°11'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
0931 hours - The officer of the watch (Lt. Meeke, RN) sighted a U-boat very close. Depth keeping was very difficult in the rough seas. Started attack.

0944 hours - Fired six torpedoes from a range of about 3000 yards.

0946 hours - Heard a torpedo explosion. Shortly afterwards sighted the conning tower of a U-boat ahead. Surfaced and manned the deck gun. It was however not possible to engage the enemy with the deck gun due to the heavy seas. (3)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

12 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Rosyth for Sheerness. She made the passage together with HMS Shark (Lt. P.N. Buckley, RN), HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) and HMS Sunfish (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Slaughter, RN). They were escorted by HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) until 0900/13 when HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) took over the escort. (4)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) arrived at Sheerness. She shifted to the Chatham Dockyard later the same day. (4)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) was docked at Chatham. (4)

23 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) was undocked. (4)

24 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed the Chatham Dockyard for Harwich. (4)

25 Nov 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) arrived at Harwich. (4)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Harwich for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (3)

27 Dec 1939
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Harwich. (3)

8 Jan 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Harwich for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (3)

22 Jan 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Harwich. (3)

8 Feb 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. G.W.G. Simpson, RN in command temporary as Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN was sick) departed Harwich for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea to the north of Terschelling, the Netherlands. (3)

18 Feb 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. G.W.G. Simpson, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich. (3)

5 Mar 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Harwich for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea near Texel, the Netherlands. (3)

7 Mar 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) was ordered to patrol to the north of Terschelling, the Netherlands and even later she moved to patrol to the north-west of Heligoland. (3)

12 Mar 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) was detected, hunted and depth charged by a German armed trawler about 25 nautical miles to the north-west of Heligoland. No damage was done to Sealion and she retired from the area.

0925 hours - Sighted a merchant vessel in the mist in position 54°25'N, 07°17'E. Started an attack. Two tubes were brought to the ready. During the attack it was seen that the target was a trawler. It was a large trawler with a gun mounted forward. Fire was witheld as it was thought she might be escorted 'bigger prey' but nothing else was sighted.

1030 hours - The trawler turned back so started another attack. This prooved to be very difficult as the target stopped and turned a lot. Another trawler was sighted in the mist from time to time.

1115 hours - Two loud explosions shuddered the boat.

1123 hours - The nearest trawler fired a red Very's light. It was thought that Sealion had been detected and Lt.Cdr. Bryant decided to retire from the area to the westward. (3)

15 Mar 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Harwich. (3)

1 Apr 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Harwich for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off southern Norway. Later she moved to the Kattegat. (3)

11 Apr 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant August Leonhard (2593 GRT, built 1922) in the Skagerrak in position 56°29'N, 11°43'E.

1600 hours - Sighted grey upperworks to the eastward. Turned and closed at high speed.

1615 hours - Identified the target as a merchant vessel. Continued to close at high speed.

1644 hours - Identified the target as German, started attack.

1648 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2700 yards. The first torpedo hit the target abaft the funnel. The target settled quickly by the stern. Sealion then retired to the east. (3)

16 Apr 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) was bombed by an aircraft in the central North Sea sustaining some minor damage.

1246 hours - In position 55°56'N, 03°23'E sighted an aircraft on the port quarter. The aircraft turned towards. Challenged.

1247 hours - Having received no reply, dived.

1248 hours - With 45 feet on the gauge 3 or 4 bombs exploded close causing some damage. (3)

18 Apr 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Harwich. (3)

28 Apr 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, RN) departed Harwich for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak / Kattegat. (3)

6 May 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) attacked the German transports Moltkefels (7862 GRT, built 1940) and Neidenfels (7838 GRT, built 1939) with 6 torpedoes about 19 nautical miles south-west of Vaderob in position 58°30'N, 10°30'E. The torpedoes missed their target. Both transports were in convoy and were escorted by ships from the 15th Minesweeper Flotilla, including M 1508 and M 1504.

1345 hours - Sighted a convoy of two large transports screened by 5 or 6 A/S vessels. The were passing to the westward on a course of 160°. Range was about 7000 yards. Started attack.

1400 hours - Fired six torpedoes from a range of about 6000 yards. No hits were obtained. (3)

16 May 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Harwich. (3)

26 May 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Harwich for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (3)

3 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

11 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, DSO, RN), HMS Salmon (Cdr. E.O. Bickford, DSO, RN) and HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RD, RNR). (5)

12 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (5)

14 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. (5)

25 Jun 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. Before proceeding on patrol two practice attacks were made on HMS Winchester (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN). (3)

1 Jul 1940
HMS Sealion (Lt.Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed her patrol area in the Skagerrak for a new patrol area off the south coast of Norway. (3)

3 Jul 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against a German convoy off the Boknafjord, Norway. None of the torpedoes found it's target and Sealion was heavily depth charged following this failed attack.

1520 hours - When the rain cleared a convoy was sighted. Six merchant vessels were sighted with an escort of nine trawlers. Started attack.

1545 hours - In position 58°25'N, 05°15'E fired six torpedoes from 5500 yards. The target was the leading merchant vessel of a bunch of three merchants and four A/S trawlers. No hits were obtained.

1552 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Saw the convoy to have altered course to evade the torpedoes. Also and aircraft was seen patrolling.

1600 hours - While returning to 60 feet to retired the aircraft dropped two depth charges. Sealion's bow was flung up and drastic action had to be taken to prevent the submarine from broaching. The aircraft then dropped another two depth charges. Some of the escorts now also joined in the hunt. Until 1642 hours a total of 34 depth charges were counted.

1751 hours - The hunt now appeared to have ceased. Started to return to periscope depth. (3)

8 Jul 1940
In the afternoon, HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) fired a torpedo at the beached wreck of the German merchant Palime (2863 GRT, built 1937) off Obrestadt. The Palime was beached after hitting a mine on 5 June 1940 that was laid by HMS Narwhal. The torpedo failed to run properly and it missed. (3)

11 Jul 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

27 Jul 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off southern Norway. (3)

29 Jul 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) attacks German U-boat U-62 with torpedoes (that miss) and then with gunfire south-west of Stavanger, Norway in position 58°27'N, 04°24'E.

2041 hours - The Officer of the Watch reported a U-boat crossing our stern. A dark green U-boat was seen to pass very close, at 350 yards. Enemy course was 190°.

2048 hours - Three tubes were now ready. Enemy course was now 210°. Range was 2500 yards and on an extremely broad track.

2049 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards.

2054 hours - It was now evident that the torpedoes had missed. Surfaced for gun action in position 58°27'N, 04°24'E. After the third round the enemy dived. (3)

4 Aug 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Toran (3318 GRT, offsite link) off Homborsund, Norway in position 58°17'N, 08°38'E.

1515 hours - Sighted a respectable sized marchant vessel of about 1500 - 2000 tons, inshore. Started attack.

1546 hours - Fired two torpedoes, one hit just aft of amidships. Decided to retire immediately from the area given the fact that the batteries were getting low on power. (3)

6 Aug 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against the German merchant Cläre Hugo Stinnes (5295 GRT, built 1935) off Kristiansand, Norway in position 57°51'N, 07°24'E. All torpedoes missed their target.

1404 hours - Sighted smoke to the west-south-west. Turned to close. Noted that the smoke was moving east.

1406 hours - Sighted masts. Continued to run to the southward to intercept.

1428 hours - By now the convoy was seen to be made up of two large and two small merchant vessels. A number of A/S vessels were also seen.

1506 hours - A total of four torpedoes were fired but two appeared not to run correctly.

1512 hours - The submerged Sealion is rammed by one of the escorts, this was UJ 123, heavy damaging her periscope shears. (3)

10 Aug 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

13 Aug 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) shifted from Rosyth to Newcastle where Sealion was to be refitted at the Swan Hunter shipyard. (6)

14 Aug 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was docked at Newcastle. (6)

22 Oct 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. She then continued her refit at Newcastle. (7)

1 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Newcastle for Rosyth. En-route trials were performed. (8)

3 Nov 1940
With her post-refit trials completed, HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (8)

7 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (8)

8 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (8)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (8)

11 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. (8)

13 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) shifted from Rosyth to Blyth. (8)

21 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Utvaer, Norway. (3)

25 Nov 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) attacked a large enemy tanker with two torpedoes about 10 nautical miles west of the Utvaer lighthouse.

1103 hours - Sighted a vessel bearing 102°. Altered course to attack but while doing so the target was lost in the rain.

1107 hours - Sighted the target again. It was seen to be a big oiler. Turned again and one again lost the target in the rain but the target HE was clearly picked up.

1112 hours - In approximate position 61°01'N, 04°04'E fired two torpedoes from about 4000 yards but the target was still barely visible and a good setup could not be made. Both torpedoes missed. (3)

6 Dec 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Blyth. (3)

20 Dec 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (9)

22 Dec 1940
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between Stadlanded and Fro Havet, Norway. (3)

6 Jan 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Blyth. (3)

25 Jan 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (10)

26 Jan 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Stadlanded, Norway. (3)

1 Feb 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) attacked a convoy made up of the German merchant vessels Harm Fritzen (4818 GRT, built 1915) and Falkenfels (6318 GRT, built 1921). They were escorted by the auxiliary patrol vessel Blitz north of Stadt, Norway. A total of six torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained. Position was approximately 62°13'N, 05°08'E.

1415 hours - Sighted two merchant vessels, thought to be 4000-5000 each, rounding the north-west corner of Stadt.

1418 hours - The leading ship changed course putting Sealion right ahead. There was a close screen of R-boats of which at least five were seen. Started attack.

1446 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 2000 yards at the first ship.

1450 hours - Now fired three torpedoes from 1700 yards at the second ship. All six torpedoes fired missed.

1452 hours - Retired to the west. (3)

5 Feb 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) sank the Norwegian merchant vessel Ryfylke (1151 GRT, built 1917 offsite link) off Stadlandet, Norway in approximate position 62°14'N, 05°13'E.

1640 hours - Sighted a steamship to the northward. Started attack.

1657 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 600 yards. The second torpedo hit the target 30 seconds after firing.

1700 hours - Surfaced as the ship appeared to be undamaged. It was also seen that it was much smaller then first thought, about 1500 tons. The ships was then ordered by signal lamp to abandon ships which they did. Fire was then opened with the 3" gun. The ship sank after 32 rounds.

1725 hours - Dived and retired from the area. (3)

10 Feb 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Blyth. (3)

1 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Stadlanded, Norway. (3)

15 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Blyth. (3)

17 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was docked at Blyth. (11)

23 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. She departed Blyth for Harwich later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN). Off Blyth they made rendez-vous with HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki) coming from Dundee. Escort was provided by HMS Leda (Cdr. R.C.V. Ross, DSO, RN).

24 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) arrived at Harwich. (11)

25 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Harwich for Portsmouth. Again she made the passage with HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki). Escort was now provided by HMS Sheldrake (Cdr. (retired) E.H. Hopkinson, RN). (11)

26 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (11)

27 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (3)

14 Apr 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

28 Apr 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Before proceeding on patrol on the 30th two days of A/S exercises were to be run off Dartmouth together with trawlers and HMS Mackay (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Coats, RN). (3)

14 May 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

27 May 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (3)

30 May 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) fires six torpedoes against German U-boat U-74 in the Bay of Biscay about 45 nautical miles south-west of Belle-Ile Island, France in position 46°58'N, 04°12'W. All six torpedoes missed their target.

(all times are zone -2)
1703 hours - In position 46°58'N, 04°12'W sighted a U-boat to the south-west on a northerly course. Started attack but during the initial setup the periscope dipped at a crucial moment and a new attack setup had to be made.

1714 hours - Fired six torpedoes from 1500 yards. Went deep on firing.

1718 hours - Returned to periscope depth and saw that the U-boat had altered course down the tracks and was right ahead steering directly away. The tracks had been seen and in the evenig two A/S trawlers and aircraft were seen patrollig the area of the attack. (3)

13 Jun 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

27 Jun 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (3)

7 Jul 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) sank the French fishing vessel Christus Regnat (28 GRT) with gunfire in the Bay of Biscay in position 45°50'N, 03°30'W.

(All times are zone -2)
0030 hours - Sighted a French tuna fishing vessel. Closed.

0043 hours - Ordered the crew to abandon ship.

0047 hours - Opened fire with the 3" gun.

0051 hours - The vessel sank.

0100 hours - Picked up the French crew of 5. (3)

8 Jul 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) sank a French fishing vessel with gunfire in approximate position 46°03'N, 02°25'W. The crew of the fishing vessel sunk the day before was then transferred to another fishing vessel that was then allowed to proceed.

(All times are zone -2)
0350 hours - Sighted a fishing vessel, closed.

0422 hours - Gun action stations. Ordered the crew of the fishing vessel to abandon ship.

0428 hours - Opened fire with the 3" gun.

0438 hours - The fishing vessel was sinking. Ceased fire.

0454 hours - Went alongside another fishing vessel and transferred the crew of the fishing vessel that we had sunk the day before. (3)

9 Jul 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) sank the French fishing trawler St Pierre d'Alcantara (329 GRT) with gunfire south of Penmarch in position 47°00'N, 04°30'W.

(All times are zone -2)
1415 hours - Surfaced for a sight. Sighted a steam trawler. Submerged again and commenced closing it.

1531 hours - Surfaced in position 47°00'N, 04°30'W and fired a shot of 3" across the trawlers bow but it produced little reaction.

Then fired a shot between the mast and the bridge. This caused the vessel to stop and blow off steam. The crew however did not move to their boat so fired a shot into her waterline well forward. The crew then slipped their trawl but as the trawler kept pointing towards Sealion four more rounds were put into her bow. The crew then finally started to abandon ship. When they were clear seven rounds were put into her engine room at the waterline. Seventeen survivors were then picked up and taken below.

1606 hours - Dived.

1609 hours - The trawler was seen to sink.

During the next night all survivors were transferred to another fishing vessel. (3)

13 Jul 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 18th war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

2 Aug 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 19th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out off Dartmouth during 3-5 August 1941. (3)

21 Aug 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 19th war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

22 Aug 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (12)

8 Sep 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. (13)

12 Sep 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (3)

25 Sep 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Portsmouth (3)

22 Oct 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow. (14)

24 Oct 1941
At 0720 hours, HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN) to the south-west of the Lizard. They then proceeded north up the Irish Sea. (14)

27 Oct 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (14)

28 Oct 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Polyarnoe, Russia. (14)

6 Nov 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Polyarnoe. (15)

12 Nov 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Norway. (3)

15 Nov 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) attacked the Norwegian merchant Bessheim (1774 GRT, built 1912) in approximate position 71°06'N, 26°54'E with one torpedo which missed the target.

(All times are zone -3)
1010 hours - Sighted an A/S trawler proceeding to the westward.

1025 hours - When in position 047°, Svaerholt Klubben, 8 nautical miles sighted a merchant vessel of about 1200 to 1500 tons crossing the entrance of the Lakse Fjord and observed that the trawler that was sighted 15 minutes earlier formed one of the escorts of three or four of these vessels. Range was 7000 - 8000 yards. Started attack.

1045 hours - Fired one torpedo from 5500 to 6000 yards. It missed. Enemy course was 265°, speed 7 knots. No counter attack followed. (3)

18 Nov 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) sank the Norwegian tanker Vesco (331 GRT, built 1926, offsite link) off the Laksefjord, Norway in position 71°00'N, 27°01'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1051 hours - When in position 053°, Svaerholt Klubben, 5 nautical miles sighted a merchant vessel of about 1000 tons. Started attack.

1127 hours - Sighted another merchant vessel that appeared to be bigger so shifted target. This new target was however soon seen to be much smaller then first thought but as it was seen to be a small diesel tanker which was deeply laden it was decided to go ahead with the attack due to her valuable cargo.

1142 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 600 - 800 yards. All torpedoes missed.

1147 hours - Surfaced in position 71°00'N, 27°01'E for gun action. Range was 1500 yards. The first round was already a hit. Fifteen rounds were fired for several hits in the engine room. The crew then abandoned ship so fire was ceased while their boat got clear. The boat was ordered alongside and the Master and the Second Engineer, who was wounded, were taken on board. Gunfire was re-opened. Twenty-two rounds were fired from close range and the ship was soon on fire.

1208 hours - Dived and cleared the area. (3)

20 Nov 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (3)

1 Dec 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 22th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Norway. (3)

5 Dec 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Island (638 GRT, built 1918, offsite link) north of Mehavn, Norway in position 71°07'N, 27°54'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1145 hours - Sighted an unescorted merchant vessel of about 1200 tons bearing 267°, range 6000 yards. Estimated enemy course 110°, speed 11 knots. Started attack.

1201 hours - In position 71°07'N, 27°54'E fired three torpedoes from 900 yards. One hit was obtained.

1250 hours - The ship was seen to sink by the bows. (3)

12 Dec 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 22th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (3)

21 Dec 1941
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 23th war patrol. She was ordered to act as a beacon submarine during Operation Anklet (offsite link). (3)

27 Dec 1941
During 27-29 December 1941, HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), remained in the area where she was to be in to particiate in Operation Anklet. (3)

3 Jan 1942
At 0915 hours, HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). They then proceeded towards Holy Loch. (3)

5 Jan 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 23th war patrol at Holy Loch. (3)

8 Jan 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (16)

3 Feb 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 24th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Brest. (3)

14 Feb 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 24th war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

23 Feb 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Portsmouth for Holy Loch. (16)

27 Feb 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (16)

4 Mar 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN). (16)

6 Mar 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (16)

7 Mar 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Lerwick for her 25th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off central Norway. (3)

19 Mar 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 25th war patrol at Lerwick. She returned from patrol with serious defects to her port main motor. (3)

25 Mar 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. (16)

27 Mar 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (16)

7 Apr 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth where she was to refit. She made the passage together with HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN). They were escorted by HNoMS Draug. (16)

9 Apr 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) arrived at Blyth. (16)

12 Apr 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) was taken in hand for refit at Blyth. (17)

4 Sep 1942
With her refit completed, HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), ran engine trials off Blyth. (18)

7 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) ran engine trials off Blyth. (18)

8 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted trials off Blyth. (18)

9 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted trials off Blyth. (18)

11 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted trials off Blyth. (18)

13 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (18)

14 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN). They were escorted by HMS ML 300 (T/Lt. F.C.R. Piesse, RNVR) until 0725/15 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (18)

16 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (18)

17 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) and HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (18)

19 Sep 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a training period. (18)

8 Oct 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 26th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN), HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) and HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (3)

26 Oct 1942
At 0007 hours, while in position 47°16'N, 05°07'W, HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) was attacked in error by a British Hudson aircraft. Sealion immediately dived and when she was at 20 to 25 feet two explosions were heard in quick succession causing some damage and the loss of depth control. (3)

27 Oct 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) ended her 26th war patrol at Falmouth. After fuelling she proceeded back to sea to rendez-vous with HMS HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) and their escort towards Holy Loch, HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)

29 Oct 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (16)

15 Nov 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 27th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR). (3)

29 Nov 1942
The Italian blockade breaker Cortellazzo had departed Bordeaux bound for Japan on 29 November 1942. The next day the ship was spotted by a Sunderland flying boat. The British submarines HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN), HMS Clyde (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), and HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), were ordered to intercept but failed to do so. (3)

3 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) ended her 27th war patrol at Falmouth. (3)

6 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) departed Falmouth for Holy Loch. Passage north through the Irish Sea was made together with HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (19)

8 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (19)

17 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) was docked at Kames Bay. (19)

18 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then returned to Holy Loch. (19)

21 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN), HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN), HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) and the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. They were escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Lord Austin (T/Lt. E.L. Wathen, RNR). (19)

23 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch with damage to her starboard main ballast tanks. (19)

29 Dec 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) was now assigned to the 7th Submarine Flotilla for training duties. (16)

15 Jan 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Ardrossan for repairs. (20)

26 Jan 1943
With her repairs completed HMS Sealion (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC, RN) shifted from Ardrossan to Rothesay. (20)

20 Mar 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) was docked at Kames Bay. (21)

23 Mar 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then proceeded to Rothesay. (21)

19 Aug 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) was docked at Kames Bay. (22)

23 Aug 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then proceeded to Rothesay. (22)

7 Oct 1943
While conducting A/S exercises in Inchmarnock water, HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR), is hit by HMS Skate (Lt. J.C. Rushbrooke, DSC, RN). The periscopes of HMS Sealion were damaged. (23)

10 Oct 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) departed Rothesay for Barrow where repairs were to be effected. (23)

11 Oct 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) arrived at Barrow. (23)

16 Nov 1943
With the repairs to her periscope standards, the installation of new periscopes and some work on her battery completed, HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR), departed Barrow for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR). (24)

17 Nov 1943
HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) arrived at Rothesay. (24)

Sources

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  7. ADM 173/16520
  8. ADM 173/16521
  9. ADM 173/16522
  10. ADM 173/16954
  11. ADM 173/16956
  12. ADM 173/16961
  13. ADM 173/16962
  14. ADM 173/16963
  15. ADM 173/16964
  16. ADM 199/424
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  18. ADM 173/17558
  19. ADM 173/17560
  20. ADM 173/18011
  21. ADM 173/18013
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  24. ADM 173/18021

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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